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Bristol Myers Squibb

Sr. Associate Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry

Science and Research




San Diego, California, United States

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

Medicinal Chemist – Sr. Associate Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry

We are seeking talented and motivated M.S. synthetic organic/medicinal chemists who are passionate about joining a world-class group of scientists in the pursuit of innovative therapies at our San Diego, CA location.

The successful candidate will be skilled in the art of organic synthesis and familiar with modern synthetic methods.

The candidate will have demonstrated success in producing results, executing on synthetic routes to target molecules, analytical data interpretation, and troubleshooting reactions/purifications.

The candidate will show an increasingly independent ability to design synthetic routes, understand medicinal chemistry concepts, and interpret biological data such that s/he is able to generate testable hypotheses, design and synthesize analogues. Good communication skills and a naturally collaborative style are necessary for effective drug discovery team participation.

Basis Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and 4+ years of academic or industry experience


Master’s Degree and 2+ years of academic or industry experience.

Preferred: Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree with 2+ years industry research experience
  • A strong commitment to experimental work - skilled in multi-step synthesis, route design, purification, and characterization of organic compounds
  • Experience with HPLC, NMR, flash chromatography, LCMS instrumentation and interpretation
  • Experienced with SciFinder, Chemdraw, Mestra Nova and other chemistry-related software
  • Strong desire to embrace the fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry
  • A team player who works effectively within a multidisciplinary organization
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or if you are applying to a role based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and you believe that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, during or any part of the recruitment process, please direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

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