Emerging Sciences & Technology Unit Scientist

Date:  16 Nov 2023
Department:  Pre-Clinical
Team:  R&D, Pharmacovigilance & Regulatory Affairs
Job Type:  Direct Employee
Contract Type:  Permanent

Parma, IT

About us

Based in Parma, Italy, Chiesi is an international research-focused pharmaceutical and healthcare group with over 85 years’ experience, operating in 30 countries with more than 6,000 employees (Chiesi Group). To achieve its mission of improving people’s quality of life by acting responsibly towards society and the environment, the Group researches, develops and markets innovative drugs in its main therapeutic areas: Discover more here

We are proud to be the largest global pharmaceutical group to be awarded B Corp Certification, a recognition of high social and environmental standards. We are a reliable company that adopts and promotes a transparent and ethical behavior at all levels.

We believe that the success of Chiesi is built and shaped by our people and our strong set of shared Values and Behaviors. Our people make a critical difference to our success, which is why it is vital that we attract and retain the right talent who will continue to enrich our culture by living and breathing our values and behaviors.

In fact, we are a global family made up of different cultures, different genders, generations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and many other enriching diversities. 


Chiesi Research & Development

Our R&D team represents a fundamental asset for the business. It is divided into integrated functional areas focusing on pipeline projects including discovery and preclinical research, chemical manufacturing and controls, drug delivery technology, clinical development, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, intellectual property, quality assurance, R&D project and portfolio management.  Headquartered in the new purpose-built and fully integrated Research and Development Centre in Parma (Italy), the team also has important operations in Paris (France), Chippenham (UK), Cary (US), Stockholm (Sweden) and Toronto (Canada).


Who we are looking for


As member of the Emerging Sciences & Technology Unit within the Pipeline Innovation Department, the resource  will participate in the overall process of sourcing and implementation of partnering opportunities, from identification to evaluation of external innovation solutions in line with the Global Research and Preclinical Development Area’s  scope to maintain and expand a competitive portfolio of preclinical projects 

Main Responsibilities

The resource will support the global external scouting and evaluation of emerging biologies, drug discovery modalities, technologies and preclinical opportunities, having the following main duties:

•    Surveying and analyzing the scientific and competitive landscapes on emerging biologies and preclinical opportunities in the respiratory therapeutic areas in collaboration with other corporate functions.
•    Surveying and analyzing the scientific and competitive landscapes on emerging technologies and drug discovery models.
•    Maintain an active landscape monitoring and scientific review by providing synthesized data and compelling communication material to relevant internal and external stakeholders and exchanging information with the cross-functional team
•    Support the search for next generation therapeutic approaches by implementing new modalities to identify attractive deal opportunities
•    Participate in the opportunities evaluation process by identifying key questions for due diligence
•    Design and update the opportunities evaluation process roadmap, in collaboration with internal cross-functional team 
•    Identify and build relationships with relevant academic groups and Consortia 
•    Identify appropriate KOL/consultant and academic scientists matching the project’s need and acting as advisors for individual evaluation as well as pipeline maintenance/building 

Experience Required

•    Scientific and drug discovery experience, preferably obtained through >5 year experience in multiple functions in the pharmaceutical industry.
•    Scientific excellence in respiratory biology and diseases, and emerging biotherapeutic modalities such as for example nucleic acid- RNA based approachesaand protein therapeutic is a strong plus.


•    PhD degree in Pharmaceutical sciences 


English, fluent

Technical Skills

•    The ideal candidate has experience and knowledge of drug discovery and academic reaserch, with a good understanding of all aspects of preclinical development.
•    Scientific expertise in molecular biology, signal transduction.
•    An advocate for change with an active interest in new technologies and disruptive approaches, with a drive and passion to innovate and integrate these into common practice. 

Soft Skills

  • Creative/innovative mindset
  • Learning agility
  • Strategic thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Emotional and social intelligence
  • Goal orientation

What we offer

You would join a dynamic, fast-growing, challenging and friendly environment.
In Chiesi we firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, that is why we invest in continuous training, learning and development. Therefore, we strive to continuously promote and satisfy development needs, paying particular attention to the quality of our working environment and to collective well-being.
We want our people to come to work happy every day, and we know how important it is to find the right work-life balance in order to be able to give our best. That is why we offer flexible working approach, remote working, support in the relocation process, tax assistance service for foreign colleagues and many other people-care services.