Research Scientists – Medicinal Chemist

2023/03 | Milan

IFOM is an internationally recognized non-profit cancer research institute supported by the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC) based in Milan within a highly dynamic urban environment

IFOM continuous success is ensured by the recruitment of highly selected undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate researchers from over 24 countries worldwide.

IFOM is hosted within a research campus shared with the European Institute of Oncology and the Italian Institute of Technology.

IFOM is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment, based on mutual respect and the enhancement of diversity, offering equal job opportunities to all qualified candidates.

About the Position

IFOM ETS - The AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology is seeking for two versatile, motivated, and self-starting individuals to join Medicinal Chemistry Group of its Experimental Therapeutics Program. The candidates will work as part of a multidisciplinary team contributing to the achievement of project goals through the synthesis of target molecules by using modern, state-of-the art organic synthetic /medicinal chemistry technologies.

Department overview

Experimental Therapeutics Program

Profile Description

The primary responsibility of the successful candidates will be the design, synthesis, purification and characterization of novel chemical entities. The qualified individual must be proficient in identifying structure activity relationships (SAR) to address lead optimization, potency, selectivity, pharmacokinetics and in vivo efficacy. The candidate will have to present project status and outcomes to colleagues and leadership. He/She has to keep up to date with scientific literature and with novel technologies in synthesis and purification, thus improving departmental technical knowledge.

Qualifications and skills


  • PhD in Organic or Medicinal Chemistry or a related discipline, with at least two years Post Doc experience.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative and team environment.
  • Ability to plan, troubleshoot and successfully execute efficient synthetic routes to novel compounds in a timely manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, including fluency in English.
  • Experience in a pharmaceutical or biotech environment will be considered a plus.


What we offer

International work environment
Continuous training
Relocation cost support
Guest house inside the Campus
Agreements with discounts for Gym, Pharmacy, Psychology service and various shops around Ifom area
Bar and canteen inside the campus & lunch benefit
Company Nursery
Continuous support to candidates and their families (including homing, schooling, registration to the national health system, work permit etc.) thanks to the activities of the Welcome office
Medical Service
Caf service- tax declaration
Lab G: it is a lab specifically designed for pregnant or breastfeeding women researchers

Type of Contract

CCNL Chimico Farmaceutico
The candidate will be offered a competitive salary, commensurate with skills and working experience


Milan- Ripamonti area

Contacts Details

To apply, please send your CV (including list of publications, thesis topic, and advisor, if applicable, and two letters of reference) to: ciro.mercurio[@]ifom.eu
While all candidatures will be taken in consideration, only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

last update: 07/04/23
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