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The Basel Medicinal Chemistry group is an integral part of the Roche Drug Discovery engine and represents how we innovate healthcare through the invention of differentiated medicines for treating diseases for unmet medical needs. This 12 month internship program integrates seamlessly into University degree programs and therefore we offer the most talented chemistry students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry.

During the internship you will:

  • be led by a chemistry laboratory head or senior laboratory associate and be part of a team involved in lead generation and/or lead optimization projects synthesizing novel molecules for innovative biological targets
  • conduct laboratory research and work in a small team composed of 1 – 3 research associates to become experienced in the use of modern organic chemistry synthetic methods and purification technologies
  • develop structure activity and structure property relationships via analyzing computed and measured multi-dimensional optimization parameters
  • use electronic laboratory notebooks to accurately document your research results
  • receive complementary education with an especially tailored tuition program through which you will deepen your understanding in organic and medicinal chemistry and improve your presentation skills

Those demonstrating excellence in these fields will also be invited to apply for an EFMC-Roche studentship award.

Who you are

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong enthusiasm for Organic and Medicinal Chemistry and is interested in performing state of the art research in the pharmaceutical industry.

You are/have:

  • a chemistry student in a University who in the 2018-2019 academic year will be in the
  • penultimate or last year of study or at the “Year in Industry” junction of your studies
  • the ambition to join a multi-cultural team which strives to bring medicines to patients
  • goal-oriented team-worker and relish working in a dynamic multi-disciplinary environment
  • passionate and pro-active about your further education in the area of organic/medicinal chemistry and may be planning to start a PhD after your degree
  • excellent organizational skills, pro-active knowledge sharer and fluent in English
  • Please apply via careers.roche.com until October 6th, 2017.

Contact person:

Hiring Manager: Dr. Matthias Nettekoven, e-mail: