Director Molecular Pharmacology

Director Molecular Pharmacology

Orion Corporation

Turku, Finland

Orion Corporation operates in more than 20 countries, where we Orionees, 3200 in total, work in all kinds of positions. Among us there are Research Scientists, Laboratory Technicians, Engineers and IT Specialists as well as people working in Production, just to mention some examples. We offer diverse and responsible jobs to our personnel in a truly multi-disciplinary work environment. We encourage people to develop their competences and offer opportunities to affect the job description and creating their own career path at Orion. We are searching for top talents who are ready to share our passion for the work that we do.

Job Description

Are you an enthusiastic in vitro pharmacology leader and would you like to lead a highly skilled drug discovery organization in a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company? We are looking for a Director, Molecular Pharmacology to play a major role in ensuring that the most innovative research tools, technologies and in vitro models are used to understand the cause and mechanisms underlying diseases under investigation. You will lead your organization towards ambitious goals supported by your understanding of the key concepts in biomedical research and/or drug discovery.

Your key responsibilities will include:

Leading a medium size organization responsible for building confidence, conceptual validation and translation of the therapeutic targets and compound profiling to support DMTA cycle, including also in vitro DMPK and safety screens.
Ensuring high scientific quality of in vitro studies and development of new assays to support drug discovery.
Leadership in molecular pharmacology activities all the way from the idea testing through lead ID and optimization. You will also set strategies and prioritize resources in the development of candidate nomination.
Oversight of in vitro pharmacology resources and capabilities.
Facilitating staff’s scientific growth.
This is a permanent full-time position located in Turku, Finland and you will report to the Director, Global Medicine Design. We welcome applicants from abroad and offer relocation support.

Description of unit

Orion’s pharmaceutical innovations are created within its R&D organization, including e.g. non-clinical research, clinical development, formulation development and medical affairs. The organization employs top professionals in the field of drug molecule development and optimization.

Global Medicine Design contributes to the drug discovery process of Orion R&D from target validation all the way to the candidate nomination. We are responsible for translating new drug targets to the small molecule therapeutics together with other line functions. Our scientist in biology and chemistry are key players of the the DMTA cycle of multiple research programs driven by Orion’s three theraphy areas; CNS, Oncology and Rare Diseases.

We offer

We offer you a unique opportunity to impact both the strategy and execution of multiple research programs driven by Orion’s core therapy areas. You will have the opportunity to influence small molecule therapeutics as a member of a multidisciplinary management team of Global Medicine Design, and you will lead and influence the development of a strategically highly significant team in Orion.

Constant development and appreciation of personnel are part of our core values and we can offer attractive career development opportunities. We have a strong scientific focus and a highly interesting R&D pipeline as well as an enthusiastic working environment. The culture of Orion R&D is informal and we enjoy working together.


We expect you to have expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology and be highly experienced with in vitro pharmacology in all phases of the drug discovery process. The ability to think creatively and solve problems, and outstanding management and leadership skills, are must-haves for this position. We also expect you to be comfortable working in a collaborative team environment, be highly capable at delving into projects to support ambitious team goals and have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.


PhD (and/or MD) in pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related discipline, or equivalent industrial experience
Prior experience (7+ years) in drug discovery or equivalent including experience on discovery program teams
Expertise in small molecule characterization using in vitro assays
Expertise in in vitro study design and analysis, in particular techniques for biochemical assays
Demonstrated scientific productivity and impact, as evidenced by strong publication record and ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting
Knowledge and experience

Strong knowledge across a broad range of biochemical assay technologies and instrumentation for drug discovery
Expertise in cell-based assays including techniques for ion channel assays and iPS
Discovery program leadership experience
Experience of drug development teams
Experience in assay transfer to and assay management at CROs
Please apply by 12th of December. If you have any questions, please contact Leena Otsomaa (Director, Global Medicine Design), tel. +358 50 966 4315.

Approved medical examination which also includes drug testing is required prior to the employment.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.