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Open Positions: Platform Chemistry Project Leader

Arvinas is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leading the way in targeted protein degradation therapeutics. Arvinas is the first company to focus solely on protein degradation and its platform technology is the most advanced in the field. Since its founding in 2013, Arvinas’ PROTAC® Discovery Engine has been driving the most significant breakthroughs in the industry. Arvinas’ pipeline encompasses a range of validated and undruggable targets in oncology, immuno-oncology, and neuroscience. This includes two clinical-stage programs: ARV-110, which is being developed as a potential treatment for men with late-line metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer, and ARV-471, which is being developed as a potential treatment for patients with breast cancer.

#TeamArvinas is made up of more than 200 passionate and curious employees, whose diverse thoughts and perspectives are highly valued. Arvinas employees embrace the freedom to pursue innovation, think creatively, and give back. They are driven by the company’s values and purpose – to improve the well-being of patients and families impacted by the devastating diseases Arvinas is working to treat. It’s an exciting time to be in drug development and it’s an exciting time to be at Arvinas. But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what Arvinas employees are saying. For more information, please visit www.arvinas.com.

Position Summary

We are expanding our platform research, recruiting new ligases for PROTAC-mediated targeted protein degradation. You will lead the development of a new ligase ligand screening hit all the way to proof-of-concept PROTACs, working in close collaboration with team biologists and other Arvians scientists. You will have a team of CRO synthetic chemists working under your guidance.

This position reports to a Senior Director in Platform Chemistry and will be located at our headquarters in New Haven, CT or may be performed remotely from a location within the U.S.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the effective management of assigned platform PROTACTM projects in line with target profiles and timelines within a team environment
  • Responsible for “hit to lead”. Optimization of screening hits into “PROTAC-able” ligase ligands, encluding demonstration of proof-of-concept PROTAC degradation.
  • Requires the expeditious molecular and synthetic design of ligand candidates and PROTACs in conjunction with state-of-the-art computational chemistry resources to enable program advancement
  • Requires a dynamic interaction with external CRO resources to ensure synthetic and data needs are fulfilled according to agreed timelines and standards
  • Requires solicitation and analysis of necessary experimentation/data to allow identification and prioritization of issues, and crisp-decision making within the project environment to meet company, project and personal goals and timelines
  • Ensures that key program progression compounds and data are being generated and decision-making based on strong scientific judgment is occurring.
  • Responsible for providing considered and focused input across all phases of drug discovery, smoothly collaborates with other functions in drug discovery, and exemplifies leadership, demanding excellence in performance at all levels
  • As required to meet goals, personally executes on synthetic routes to pioneer chemistry and address recalcitrant key project molecules and intermediates
  • Provides transparent and coherent and focused updates to manager and company executives on request and represents company interests at conferences and in scientific matters to external organizations as needed

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of synthetic and medicinal chemistry-related scientific and technological principles to design and execute drug-discovery experiments on a project basis
  • Manages time and balances work between bench and desk; completes tasks in timely manner
  • Manages a group of external scientists
  • Maintains accountability for ensuring own goals, those of any direct reports, project team goals, project and company objectives are achieved
  • Represents research/project team at high level meetings within the company
  • Maintains orderly and timely record of project plans and results in accordance with company policy and legal requirements
  • Makes broad scientific contributions that have a positive impact on the research direction of the company
  • Writes procedures/protocols and professional/technical reports and writes scientific articles, publications and patents
  • Represents the company effectively in scientific matters to external organizations
  • Maintains safe working environment for self and others

Qualifications

  • A PhD synthetic/medicinal chemist with 4-10 years of pharma/biotech-based drug discovery experience, with a track-record of leading/contributing to research projects. BS/ MS with significant and relevant pharma/ biotech drug development leadership experience may be considered.
  • Experience with high throughput parallel synthesis and library design for “hits to leads” optimization of new ligands
  • A track record of creative contributions to drug design, especially structure-based design, optimizing pharmaceutical & DMPK properties and making critical scientific contributions at the project team level as a chemistry and/or project leader
  • A strong patent and publication record, scientific curiosity, and strong communication skills
  • Proficiency with database mining, graphing and interpretation
  • A successful candidate will have an enabling attitude, be a problem solver, and have a desire to work in a collaborative manner across all the functional areas

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Arvinas is proud to offer a competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision, and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, and much more. To learn more about Arvinas, please visit www.arvinas.com.

Arvinas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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