Careers at Vernalis

our peopleVernalis operates from three locations, two in the UK and one in the US. Our head office is in Winnersh, near Reading in Berkshire, whilst scientific research  takes place at our Granta Park location outside Cambridge. In the US, our team is commercialising Tuzistra® XR and Moxatag® from our Berwyn office in Pennsylvania.

We operate an equal opportunities employment policy. We welcome applications from suitably qualified scientists, researchers and other candidates for the UK positions listed below.



 At our Cambridge UK research laboratories, we are seeking synthetic organic and medicinal chemists to work on the discovery of novel medicines.

Synthetic Organic Chemist (SOC1)

We require a high calibre synthetic organic chemist to apply modern synthetic methods and new technologies to solve problems and deliver target compounds arising from our drug discovery programmes. An excellent theoretical and mechanistic understanding of synthetic organic chemistry, extensive practical experience, and an outstanding publication record in high impact journals is required. Applications are welcome from candidates qualified to PhD level, optionally with postdoctoral experience, or those holding a BSc, MChem or equivalent, with a minimum three years relevant practical experience.

Medicinal Chemist (MC1)

A lab-based medicinal chemist to work on new fragment- and structure-based projects is required. The successful candidate will have an excellent practical and theoretical understanding of synthetic organic chemistry, with the ability to plan and execute reactions, and purify and characterise target compounds. This role will also involve application of computational, structural, biophysical, biochemical, biological and DMPK data to compound design. Applications are welcome from candidates qualified to BSc, MChem or equivalent level, with a minimum two years relevant practical experience.

We offer talented and motivated individuals excellent training opportunities within our creative, multidisciplinary teams, and a benefits package which includes a competitive salary and pension, private medical cover and life assurance.

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering email to by 2nd February 2018, clearly stating the reference number of the position applied for.




If no vacancies are listed at this time, please check back regularly if you are interested in working with Vernalis.







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