Gunning Group

gunning group

Position: Senior Research Associate, Medicinal Chemist/Drug Discovery
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Start date: To be decided.
Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; select applicants will be contacted for an interview.

About the Gunning Group:

The Gunning Group at the University of Toronto (Mississauga) is a translational research group specializing in small molecule drug discovery. Our interdisciplinary team of ~40-members in collaboration with top world-wide institutions, investigators, and industry, is leading multiple innovative drug discovery programs aimed at the development of improved therapies for most aggressive cancers. Our internal integrated R&D activites have expanded beyond medicinal chemistry and today include in vitro biology, biochemistry, molecular and cell biologists and in vivo biology.

Our group is seeking an energetic, results-oriented drug discovery professional with a proven track record of accomplishments in the research field to join our dynamic team and lead collaborative projects.

Job description: 

The successful candidate is expected to have extensive experience in modern small molecule drug discovery, strong skills in project management, ability to analyze complex data sets, demonstrate sound decision-making and analytical skills and able to provide creative proposals and solutions to advance ongoing projects. The  candidate will be expected to work on a range of projects and lead / supervise a team of ~ 40 researchers at undergraduate, graduate,  postdoctoral, and research associate levels, to advance the research programs. The key responsibilities of the successful candidates include the following:

  • Oversee and manage integrated R&D projects in the groups (includes medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and DMPK)
  • Contribute to the R&D programs by designing inhibitors, synthetic routes, and general experimental planning
  • Supervise students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts, grant application, drafts of patent applications
  • Conduct due diligence on the R&D data generated in the group
  • Oversee the operation of the R&D group
  • Prepare research progress reports on the projects
  • Manage external relations including collaborations and work with CROs
  • Assist in the financial reporting to granting agencies and internal to U of T

Minimum Qualifications: PhD in Organic, Bioorganic or Medicinal Chemistry, with 10 years academic/industry experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry and modern drug discovery
  • Demonstrated laboratory proficiency
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Excellence in project management and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with the operation of standard laboratory instrumentation (e.g. NMR, MS, automated chromatography), and data analysis
  • Able to work within a team structure and effectively communicate with colleagues at all levels
  • Proven research track record as evidenced by a strong publication and/or patent record
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and constantly seeking creative solutions to challenging problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

How to apply: send your CV and a cover letter to Barry Netto: