Oligonucleotide Chemist

Full time @Novonordisk in Life Sciences
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  • Job ID 84042

Job Description

Do you want to improve the lives of patients with serious chronic diseases by being a key contributor to Novo Nordisk’s future research pipeline? Do you thrive in a team-based environment with focus on finding chemistry solutions to therapeutically relevant biological problems? If so, you now have the opportunity to join Research Chemistry, which is part of Global Research Technologies, located in Denmark.

The position

We are searching for a highly skilled chemist with experience from the pharmaceutical industry or academia within oligonucleotide chemistry (final title will depend on qualifications and experience). The primary objective of the position is to use molecular innovation to drive research activities within diverse molecular formats with a focus on the chemical space of oligonucleotides and oligonucleotide conjugates.


Your efforts will be devoted to the early research pipeline, where new ideas for innovative therapeutics are generated and matured into research projects and ultimately lead candidates for clinical development. You will be involved in the design and synthesis

of complex biomolecules, like oligonucleotides and conjugates thereof and responsible for conducting and planning experiments to meet project timelines.

You will join a highly interdisciplinary research team working closely together with multiple Novo Nordisk research sites around the world. The position requires that you thrive with teamwork and have the ability to take initiative and utilize synergies beyond areas of own expertise. In return, we offer you the opportunity to influence and work on research projects that ultimately will make a difference for patients with unmet medical needs.



You have a solid track record from working with development of therapeutic oligonucleotides, and hold a PhD in organic chemistry or a closely related scientific discipline. Your previous experience can be either from the pharmaceutical industry or academia, most important is that you are familiar with an innovative, dynamic, and interdisciplinary research environment with global stakeholders.

In addition to this:

  • You have a positive spirit and an innovative mindset
  • You are proactive and take ownership of your tasks
  • You have excellent and clear communication skills
  • You have a holistic view and can easily prioritise critical tasks
  • You thrive in a team and contribute to fruitful team synergies
  • You pay attention to details and enjoy working in the lab


About the department

 Research Chemistry excels in the discovery and development of multiple molecular formats for the treatment of diabetes, obesity, and other serious chronic diseases. We are organized in three departments with people of various nationalities and vast global experience. Design and synthesis of peptides and modified proteins are core elements of our daily work, combined with an increasing need to explore more complex molecular formats. We have a curiosity-driven innovation culture and believe in learning through experimentation and external collaborations. We focus on continuously developing our employees, ensuring that everybody can realise their full potential.


Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, you will work with specialists from around the world. Our ambitious teams strive to develop innovative drugs, devices and thus pave the way for next generation medical treatment. Your skills, dedication and ambition will help us achieving these goals. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talents and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development.



For further information, please contact Anne Louise Bank Kodal at +45 30797460.

Learn more about us: novonordisk.com/RD-careers



8 May 2022

We will review the applications on an ongoing basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few sentences about why you are applying in your resume or CV. To ensure an efficient and fair recruitment process, please refrain from adding a photo in your CV.



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