Medicinal Chemist Salary
The average salary for a Medicinal Chemist is $94,117 per year.
Job Description for Medicinal Chemist
A medicinal chemist is a scientist who works in the pharmaceutical field. These specialized chemists work to create and adjust chemical compounds, studying the way these substances react with one another and their environment. The ultimate goal of persons in this field is to create chemicals and properties that can be included in drugs aimed at improving the lives of patients.Read More...
A major part of a medicinal chemist's job is not simply pure chemical experimentation, but also breaking down existing compounds into component forms. The chemist is interested in why the various parts of a drug behave the way they do, what triggers those reactions, and if they can be duplicated, altered, or exchanged in other medicines. Using modern laboratory equipment such as electron microscopes, centrifuges, and spectrum analysis, the medicinal chemist breaks down these components, sets up experiments with them, and carefully records their reactions.
Medicinal chemists will typically specialize in this field in college, holding either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry. Most medicinal chemists work in the drug industry, and many pharmaceutical companies will be most interested in hiring personnel with a strong laboratory background, technical skills, and the practical experience that is usually gained through internship and academic collaboration. Medicinal chemists typically work in a biological laboratory environment during regular hours of the work week.
Medicinal Chemist Tasks
- Develop and execute synthetic routes and targets.
- Develop drugs in line with project goals.
- Collect and analyze data and trial results.
- Present research and project results and progress.
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