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Summer Student, Medicinal Chemistry

Job ID3B-FB-9A-AC-6D-B3
CompanyOntario Institute For Cancer Research (OICR)
Date Posted2024-04-25
Posted Until2024-06-24
Job TypeFull-time
Job CategoryMiscellaneous
About OICR
OICR is Ontario's cancer research institute. We bring together people from across the province and around the world to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. We take on the biggest challenges in cancer research and deliver real-world solutions to find cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. We are committed to helping people living with cancer, as well as future generations, live longer and healthier lives.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Job Details

Position: Summer Student, Medicinal Chemistry

Location: MaRS Centre, Toronto

Department: Drug Discovery Program

Reports To: Senior Scientific Advisor

Salary: $16.55 per hour

Hours: 35 hours/week

Job Type: On-site

Status: Full-time, Temporary (3-month contract)

Position Summary

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking two summer students to join the medicinal chemistry team in the Drug Discovery Program. The successful candidates will design and synthesize small molecules to accelerate the development of novel anti-cancer therapeutics. The Drug Discovery Program helps translate the most promising ideas coming from Ontario's academic community into therapeutic benefits to cancer patients by identifying hits and lead molecules and optimizing them to potential drug candidates.

Based in Toronto, you will be a part of a dedicated team of scientists to identify and optimize new anti-cancer drug candidates using various synthetic chemistry methods. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary drug discovery team, consisting of computational chemists, ADME scientists, and biologists, to perform structure-activity relationships.

This position is temporary, full-time for 3 months.

Position Responsibilities

Perform synthetic organic chemistry experiments using a variety of methods.
Purify compounds using various purification techniques.
Analyze and characterize intermediates and final compounds.
Maintain records of experimental procedures and data.
Assist in compound management, including compound registration, storage, dispensing, and database management as needed.
Liaise effectively with multi-disciplinary team members (medicinal, analytical and computational chemists and biologists).
Adhere to all OICR safety guidelines and policies, strongly advocate safety to others.


Currently enrolled in an undergraduate chemistry program.
Excellent knowledge of organic chemistry.
Experience working in a synthetic organic chemistry lab performing multi-step reactions.
Experience with NMR, HPLC, and MS techniques to identify and characterize small molecule compounds.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Strong team player and excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Knowledge of and ability to adhere to workplace safety guidelines and policies and act as a positive example to peers.

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POSTED DATE: April 24, 2024
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled
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