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Research & Development Chemist III

Alpha-9 Theranostics
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Competitive salary, bonus, and equity plus extended health and dental benefits and paid time off
Closing date
Nov 18, 2022
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Alpha-9 Theranostics is seeking an experienced Chemist to join our growing organization.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience with solid-phase peptide synthesis, and preferably with radiopharmaceutical development.  This person will be responsible for designing, planning and synthesizing peptides/peptidomimetic building blocks and precursors for radiopharmaceutical product candidates. 

We are an early-stage company, so you will have the opportunity to participate cross-functionally and contribute to the build-out and set-up of new laboratory facilities.  The ideal candidate will have multi-tasking ability and a desire to strive in a fast-paced environment. 

Some specific duties and tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Design, plan, and synthesize peptides/peptidomimetics or small molecule-based building blocks and drug substances for radiopharmaceutical development
  • Analytical development and validation using LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, HPLC and NMR
  • Partner and collaborate with internal/external teams to deliver compounds for biological evaluation
  • Maintain clear and accurate lab records 
  • Interpret and analyze data, prepare, and review study reports, communicate project progress to internal stakeholders and external collaborators
  • Key participant in the writing and execution of patent applications
  • Contribute to build-out and set up of a new laboratory facility
  • Mentor Chemists I and II
  • Lab maintenance and support of ordering and receipt of needed supplies


  • MS or Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or related area; and 5+ years of related industrial experience
  • Solid understanding and practical experience in synthetic organic methodology and chemical process research, combined with strong problem-solving skills
  • Significant experience in modern synthetic and analytical techniques
  • Significant experience with solid-phase peptide synthesis preferred, but not required
  • Significant experience in radiopharmaceutical development preferred, but not required
  • Excellent observational, organizational, data management, and documentation skills
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a strong passion for the discovery of targeted therapies in a fast-paced start-up environment

What’s in it for you:

  • Full extended health and dental benefits
  • Competitive Salary
  • Flexible work environment 
  • 15 vacation days in addition to discretionary holiday closures
  • Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan with employer matching
  • Impactful rewarding work
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