Principal Scientist - Oligonucleotide

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Do you want to improve the lives of patients with serious chronic diseases by being a key contributor to Novo Nordisk’s future research pipeline? Do you thrive in a team-based environment with focus on finding chemistry solutions to therapeutically relevant biological problems? If so, you now have the opportunity to join Research Chemistry, which is part of Global Research Technologies, located in Denmark.


The position


We are searching for a highly skilled specialist with expertise from the pharmaceutical industry. The primary purpose of the position is to drive research activities within diverse molecular formats, with focus on the chemical space of oligonucleotides, proteins, and peptides.


Your focus will be devoted to the early research pipeline, where new ideas for innovative therapeutics are generated and matured into research projects. The position includes the laboratory synthesis of complex molecules, especially within oligonucleotide chemistry, typically within a chemistry project group. You will be part of a highly interdisciplinary research team with focus on molecular innovation and overall project goals. The position requires a curiosity-driven mindset combined with the ability to take initiative and utilize synergies beyond areas of own expertise. In return, we offer you the influence and wide opportunities to pursue ideas that ultimately will make a difference for patients with unmet medical needs.


The process of bringing ideas from research to first human dose, and ultimately make a difference for patients with chronic metabolic disease, is a vital component in all that we do. Hence the position requires the ability to keep a holistic overview and understand the strategic fit of new ideas. Stakeholder management and presentations to local and senior management are vital elements, which necessitate the ability to clearly communicate goals and visions and plan activities accordingly.  





To succeed at this role:

  • You have a curiosity-driven approach to innovation
  • You thrive in teamwork and utilize team synergies
  • You keep a holistic view and readily spots strategic fits for new ideas
  • You are skilled in clear communication of ideas and projects to stakeholders
  • You hold a PhD in organic chemistry or a closely related scientific discipline
  • You have +3 years of experience from the pharmaceutical industry or academic setting working with oligonucleotide, and preferably also peptide and protein chemistry
  • You have proven experience within oligonucleotide drug discovery
  • Global experience is an advantage



About the department


Research Chemistry excels in the discovery and development of multiple molecular formats for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and other serious chronic diseases. We are organized in three departments with people of multiple nationalities and global experience. Design and synthesis of peptides and modified proteins are core elements of our daily work, combined with an emerging need to explore more complex molecular formats. We have a curiosity-driven innovation culture and believe in learning through experimentation and external collaborations. We focus on continuously developing of our employees so that everybody can realise their full potential.



Working at Novo Nordisk


At Novo Nordisk, you will work with specialists from around the world. Our ambitious teams strive to develop innovative drugs, devices and thus pave the way for next generation medical treatment. Your skills, dedication and ambition will help us achieving these goals. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talents and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development.


Contact (Optional)

For further information, please contact Lars Linderoth at +45 3075 4140.


Application deadline

20th June


We will review the applications on an ongoing basis, so we invite you to apply as soon as possible.


Learn more about us: novonordisk.com/RD-careers



Millions rely on us
To work for Novo Nordisk you will need the skills, dedication and ambition to change lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. In exchange, we offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.