Senior Scientist, Computational Chemistry Job at Neomorph, Inc., San Diego, CA

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  • Neomorph, Inc.
  • San Diego, CA

Job Description

We are seeking a highly talented and motivated computational chemist to join our team in San Diego. As part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising of leaders in the field of targeted protein degradation, you will be engaged in target selection and hit finding, through to lead optimization and drug candidate selection, as well as exploratory efforts to identify new aspects of this compelling field.

Job responsibilities:

  • Work as a key member of the multidisciplinary team of medicinal chemistry, structure biology, biochemistry, and biology and guide the team by providing computational expertise in structure-based drug design and other methods.
  • Apply molecular dynamics to simulate protein flexibility to allow high-accuracy prediction of binding site, binding mode, and binding kinetics of small molecules.
  • Design compounds and predict their potency and ADMET using cutting-edge computational chemistry methods, including physics/ML based activity prediction.
  • Drive structure/ligand virtual screening and generative AI methodologies for effective hit identification and hit-to-lead.
  • Investigate, explore, and implement state-of-the-art computational chemistry methods that potentially accelerate discovery of molecular glue.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in Computational Chemistry, Chemoinformatics or related field with 5+ years, MS with 8+ years or BS with 11+ years of relevant experience
  • At least 3 years of experience of applying computational chemistry in a pharmaceutical industry setting is required.
  • Proven track record of drug design with significant impact on drug discovery projects.
  • Strong understanding of protein-ligand interaction and principles of structure-based drug design.
  • Expertise with modern computational chemistry, which includes docking, pharmacophore modeling, homology modeling, and structure- and ligand-based virtual screening.
  • Experience in physics-based activity prediction methods, including MM-GB/PBSA, FEP, and TI.
  • Familiarity with commercial computational chemistry suites. The Schrodinger and OpenEye suites are preferred.
  • Proficiency in scientific programming skills (e.g. Python, R) is essential.
  • Proficiency in Linux command-line and shell scripting is essential.
  • Experience in application of MD packages (AMBER, GROMACS, OPENMM, and so on) to analyze protein-ligand or protein-protein interaction is preferred.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience of Cloud Computing is plus.
  • Expertise in protein-protein docking tools is plus.

What we offer:

 

  • Industry competitive compensation
  • Annual target bonus
  • Stock options
  • 401K plan
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Monthly town halls to share business and scientific updates

 

Work Hard, Stay Well

 

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and their dependents
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA and HSA Plan with monthly Neomorph contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 holidays + Winter Shutdown + 3 weeks of vacation time with additional accruals after 2nd year of employment, separate sick leave.
  • Supplemental pay for Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Paid Parental Leave for employees with a newborn child or a child placed with them for adoption or foster care

 

Lifestyle

  • Casual work environment
  • Volunteer days off each year to spend time contributing to causes you care about
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Access to onsite gym
  • Onsite space to store your bicycle (or surfboard)

 

Have Fun!

 

We believe in work/life balance and Fun is at the core of our Core Values. In addition to department and company happy hours, we have regular company-wide and department lunches and social events (ie Padres games, summer picnic, holiday party, bring your kids to work day).

About Us:

 

Neomorph is a venture backed biotechnology company solving critical problems in human health through the discovery and development of innovative new medicines against ‘undruggable targets’. Our team is comprised of industry leading experts in protein degradation and molecular glues who have a track record of ground-breaking discoveries in the field. We are committed to leadership in advancing the science and technology of molecular glue drug discovery, while prosecuting a pipeline of projects through clinical development. Our patient-first, science-driven approach is complemented by our dedication to a supportive and collaborative work environment.

 

Neomorph is headquartered in San Diego, California, and has a key collaboration with the Center for Protein Degradation at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

 

Neomorph is committed to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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