Research Associate - Synthetic / Process Organic Chemist, San Diego, CA

Research Associate - Synthetic / Process Organic Chemist, San Diego, CA

Kelly Scientific Resources, a division of Kelly Services, is seeking a Research Associate with drug discovery experience to work with a with a growing, creative, fast-paced biotech company located in Mira Mesa.

Job Summary:  The successful candidate will be an accomplished synthetic / process chemist with state of the art knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry and high-throughput parallel synthesis techniques, as applied to small-molecule drug discovery.

Position Type:  Long term, contract position for 1 year.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Major responsibilities will involve participating in synthesis of small molecule compound libraries.
  • Management of general high throughput chemistry laboratory equipment under the direction of senior scientific staff.


  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Synthetic / Process Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 0-2 years of industrial drug discovery experience.
  • Successful candidates will be motivated, creative, hands-on laboratory scientists with the ability to interact effectively with team members in all areas of drug discovery.  
  • Strong working knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry and experience using modern equipment for high throughput chemistry.
  • Track record of successful contributions to high throughput chemistry teams.
  • Ability to write programs, maintain and use equipment for automated synthesis.
  • Motivated team player, able to work closely with other scientific disciplines involved in drug discovery to solve complex problems. 
  • Strong attention to details, excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills are essential.
  • Knowledge of analytical chemistry and ability to maintain and use modern chemical instrumentation (MS, LCMS, NMR) would be a plus.

Why Kelly?

As a Kelly Services employee, you will have access to numerous perks including:

  • Exposure to a variety of career opportunities as a result of our expansive network of client companies
  • Career guides, information, and tools to help you successfully position yourself throughout every stage of your career
  • Access to more than 3,000 online training courses through our Kelly Learning Center
  • Weekly pay and service bonus plans
  • Group-rate insurance options available immediately upon hire*

Apply Today!  Questions?  Call Carl at 858.207.6311

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About Kelly®

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