Director/Manager - Research Chemistry

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Do you want to contribute to Novo Nordisk´s exciting R&D pipeline by developing transformative biopharmaceuticals? Would you like to spearhead our ambition of maintaining a global leadership position within protein and peptide chemistry, while at the same time support an entry into new molecular modalities? Then you could be the candidate we are looking for!


The position

In this role solid-phase peptide synthesis and chemical modification of recombinant proteins and peptides lie at the heart of the focus. The department prepare innovative compounds to all therapy areas of Novo Nordisk, relying on state-of-the-art discovery capabilities, IPR insights and world-leading competencies in protein and peptide drug discovery. We are deeply dedicated to many exciting projects of the Novo Nordisk pipeline, where collaboration with high-level partners from academia and industry is becoming increasingly important. Your responsibilities include the planning and scoping of the scientific work required to progress projects in alignment with key stakeholders in the R&D organisation, and to build a bold and aspiring innovation culture. You will become part of our digital transformation journey and drive automation initiatives in close collaboration with scientists from Global Research Technologies. You will be responsible for inspiring and motivating a team of highly engaged scientists and lab technicians. You let your passion for science and drug discovery shine to naturally set strategic directions and business targets for the department, while ensuring a sustainable and engaging working environment.

You will become part of a humorous and deeply dedicated leadership team where you will help set the strategic direction for the Research Chemistry area. You will work to ensure adequate allocation of resources consistent with overall R&D priorities while keeping a holistic view on the long-term goals of Novo Nordisk.



You hold a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, chemical biology, or relevant biopharmaceutical science, and have strong relevant experience, preferably from the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. The preferred candidate has a proven track record within medicinal chemistry and/or modification of biological macromolecules, as evident from publications/patents and an international network within the field.

You are passionate about developing and leading people and demonstrate leadership qualities. You display excellent collaboration and communication skills and evident commitment to create winning teams with focus on continuous people development. You have an ability to set meaningful and clear directions in a complex environment with many stakeholders.


About the department

The area Research Chemistry is a central part of Global Research Technologies located in Måløv, Copenhagen area, Denmark. The area consists of 3 departments and is responsible for the generation of synthetic peptides and modified proteins to sustain a portfolio of oral and injectable biologics, and other molecular modalities, across the entire Novo Nordisk research portfolio. We aspire to drive innovation by applying a curiosity-driven mindset and openness to new technologies and deep chemistry expertise, and we are currently transforming the way we work through advanced automation and data science. The Department Research Chemistry 1 consists of 15 highly skilled employees constituted by scientists at all levels and lab technicians.


Working at Novo Nordisk

Research & Development is vital to Novo Nordisk’s continuous growth. We combine world-class scientific, pharmaceutical, and clinical expertise with the highest ethical standards to continue to improve the quality of life of millions of patients across the world. Therefore, we give you the opportunity to bring your personal ambition and passion to work to improve the quality of life of our patients.



For further information, please contact Vice President Thomas E. Nielsen at +45 3079 9225 or Director Lars Linderoth +45 3075 4140.



30 October 2021

Please note that applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis and therefore the advert may close before the recruitment process is completed if we have proceeded with candidates to the screening or interview phase.


Millions rely on us 

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.