Scientist 1, Medicinal Chemistry

Chemistry Hayward, California


Eikon Therapeutics is a new biopharmaceutical company employing revolutionary technology at the interface of chemistry, engineering and biology to discover novel treatments for life-threatening diseases. Eikon’s discovery platform is built on groundbreaking innovations from its founders who pioneered the field of single-molecule live cell imaging (Nobel Prize, 2014). We are building a passionate and creative team eager to apply their talents to empower interdisciplinary scientific exploration, inaugurate a radical drug-discovery paradigm and ultimately create novel medicines.  


As a Scientist joining early at Eikon, you will be an essential part of an interdisciplinary founding team of highly creative and talented individuals with outstanding expertise in Eikon’s core platform technologies. You will utilize data from our single molecule tracking platform and your knowledge of traditional medicinal and synthetic chemistry to advance our new drug discovery projects. By utilizing Eikon’s platform, you will help design compounds for therapeutic targets, which are inaccessible using conventional assays.

About you: 

  • You’re a chemist who loves to solve difficult chemistry problems and are not discouraged by challenges.
  • You’re a rigorous experimentalist who takes pride in your ability to execute at the bench.
  • You’re collaborative by nature and are happy to jump in and help.
  • You’re resourceful and like to work independently but are not shy to ask for advice.
  • You’re conscientious and pay almost obsessive attention to detail, documentation and organization are second nature.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy pushing the edge of what is possible.

 What you’ll do: 

  • Work with biologists, chemists and engineers to advance our drug discovery pipeline
  • Design novel compounds based on synthetic knowledge and modern medicinal chemistry principals.
  • Independently plan and conduct multistep syntheses of complex small molecules.
  • Utilize scientific literature and databases to design and implement efficient synthetic routes.
  • Clearly analyze, troubleshoot, accurately document and communicate experimental results.
  • Maintain a high level of scientific integrity, laboratory safety and act as a resource for others.
  • Collaborate and communicate across a diverse research team to successfully progress time-sensitive scientific goals.

Key Qualifications: 

  • PhD in chemistry or related fields with 0-2 years industrial experience, Master’s degree with 10+ years of industrial experience, or Bachelor’s degree with 12+ years of industrial experience.
  • Familiarization with modern Medicinal Chemistry principals is preferred.
  • Proficiency in multi-step organic synthesis, chromatographic purification, and compound characterization using modern analytical techniques (NMR, LCMS and HPLC).
  • Ability to multi-task with organized and detail-oriented record-keeping; including excellent written communication skills.
  • Good ability to manage own priorities and deliverables while being strongly team oriented and highly collaborative.
  • Strong synthetic problem-solving skills and a desire to learn new laboratory techniques and skills.
  • Solid track record of scientific accomplishment demonstrated by publications and/or patents.
  • Familiarity with ChemDraw and literature searching software.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and build open collaborative relationships is essential.

At Eikon, employee compensation also includes bonus and equity compensation, in addition to several generous benefit programs, including:​

  • 401k plan with company matching​
  • Medical (premiums covered by Eikon at 95%), dental and vision insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%)​
  • Mental health and wellness benefits​
  • Weeklong summer and winter holiday shutdowns​
  • Generous paid time off and holiday policies​
  • Life/AD&D Insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%) and optional supplemental employee-paid life/AD&D policies ​
  • Enhanced parental leave benefit​
  • Daily subsidized lunch program when on-site​

The expected salary range for this role is $113,000 to $130,000, depending on skills, competency, and the market demand for your expertise. 

Eikon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment.

In accordance with the Company’s duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace, the Company requires all employees to be Fully Vaccinated with one of the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines, which includes those vaccines that have received the FDA’s emergency use authorization. You will be expected to be Fully Vaccinated as of your Start Date. If you believe that you are exempt from this requirement under an applicable law or regulations, including Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, you will need to contact the Company’s Human Resources group. For purposes of this section, Fully Vaccinated means (i) the completion of the vaccination regimen as approved by the FDA (by way of example, 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 1 dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine), and (ii) timely receiving booster vaccination, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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