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Senior Medicinal Chemist in Silver Spring at General Dynamics Information Technology

Date Posted: 4/15/2018

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Job Description

GDIT is seeking a Senior Medicinal Chemist to support the mission of the Experimental Therapeutics (ET) Branch of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).  The mission of the WRAIR Branch of Experimental Therapeutics is to discover and develop new pharmaceutical agents to protect military members from death, disease, and injury. The ET Branch is organized into three distinct departments which contribute to the different phases leading to FDA drug approval. The three comprising departments are the Departments of Drug Discovery, Drug Development, and Clinical Pharmacology.

This position is in direct support of the Department of Drug Development. Specific tasks include:

  • Elucidate structure activity relationships using multi-parameter analysis.
  • Design compounds for drug development projects based on chemical series structure activity relationships and/or literature precedence.
  • Prioritize and order compounds for in vitro and in vivo biological assessment.
  • Prioritize and order compounds for in vitro and in vivo ADME assessment.
  • Prepare and submit pre-proposals and/or proposals for internal or external funding.
  • Prepare and present project status presentations and/or written reports describing the procedures, protocols, and experimental data in a suitable format for publication in relevant scientific journals and/or patent disclosure if applicable.
  • Attend meetings and professional conferences as needed.
  • Submit invention disclosures/patent applications and/or submit scientific papers on task findings for publication to a peer reviewed recognized medicinal/chemistry journal(s). .
  • Serve as a liaison for any internal or external research collaborations as required.
  • Meet on a bi-weekly basis with key administrative and technical staff to set performance tasks, report progress, and troubleshoot technical issues
  • Provide input for the performance evaluations of the lead synthetic chemist, senior synthetic organic chemists, and synthetic organic chemists.

Job Requirements

  • 8-10 years of related experience in scientific research, analysis and/or engineering.
  • Knowledge Base: Previous experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Experience with drug development project management skills to lead multiple projects from hit to lead stage knowledge of organic and medicinal chemistry. Provide understanding of pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, toxicology, drug design, use of in silico tools, ability to interpret in vivo results, drug discovery process, purification techniques, and ability to analyze target compound spectra obtained by analytical instruments to characterize compounds such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared spectrometry (IR), mass spectrometry (MS), and elemental analysis. Experience with a suitable chemical mapping analysis software program. Expertise publishing scientific papers in a peer reviewed recognized medicinal/ chemistry journals and/or patents and/or submitting pre-proposals and/or proposals for internal or external funding. Experience mentoring synthetic chemists.
  • Physical Capabilities: Work may involve long periods of standing.
  • Work Environment: Office environment; may require working evenings and weekends


 As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.