Associate Scientist, Peptide Chemistry

  • Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Work experience
  • Research, development, teaching
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Associate Scientist, Peptide Chemistry

Become Part of the BioNTech Family.

BioNTech is a Germany-based biotechnology company with U.S. offices in Cambridge, MA and Gaithersburg, MD, that focuses on developing cancer therapeutics, including individualized immunotherapy, as well as vaccines for infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The company's oncology pipeline contains several classes of drugs, including mRNA-based drugs to encode antigens, neoantigens, cytokines, and antibodies; cell therapies; bispecific antibodies; and small-molecule immunomodulators. BioNTech is partnered with several large pharmaceutical companies, including Roche, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Genmab. Comirnaty (COVID-19 vaccine) is its first commercialized product.

Here, you’ll achieve greatness.

Supporting BioNTech’s R&D team in the US by:
  • Performing Fmoc solid phase peptide synthesis and characterization of resulting peptide materials using automated peptide synthesizers and UPLC-MS instrumentation.
  • Performing peptide purification using preparatory scale HPLC-MS.
  • Managing routine laboratory operations including inventory/reagent monitoring, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting, aligning with EHS for hazardous waste management, and keeping the laboratories in compliance with EHS requirements.
  • Tracking and compiling results in an electronic notebook and maintaining organized repositories of data and materials.
  • Working efficiently in order to meet deadlines to support Research Team projects and programs.

What you have to offer.

  • BS in chemistry or a related field with 5 years experience in a laboratory setting.
  • 5 years experience in peptide chemistry, including experience with automated peptide synthesizers and LC-MS instrumentation.
  • Experience with safe laboratory practices, handling of hazardous material, and maintaining EHS requirements in the laboratory
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to work cross-functionally
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to multitask, and excellent organizational skills
Preferred Requirements:
  • Previous experience with Waters LC-MS equipment, CEM and Biotage peptide synthesizers, and the associated software is highly desired
  • MS in chemistry or related field is preferred.


Benefits for you.

BioNTech US is committed to the well being of our team members and offers a variety of benefits supporting our diverse employee base. Salaried/Position-Targeted Hourly Employees working 30+ hours per week are eligible for our comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include but are not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life, AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance
  • HRA & FSA Spending Accounts
  • Health & Wellness, including free onsite gym access
  • Adoption & Surrogacy Assistance
  • Vacation and Unlimited Sick Time
  • Holidays and Floating Holidays, including discretionary winter shutdown
  • 401(K) Plan with Significant Company Match
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Professional Development
  • Commuting Assistance and free onsite parking
  • Discounted Home and Auto Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
Plus more benefits that will be shared upon hire!

Have we kindled your pioneering spirit?

Then apply now for our location Gaithersburg (Maryland) and simply send us your application documents using our online form.

For those who require assistance due to disability, or have questions prior to applying, please email

*BioNTech does not differentiate on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, color, sexual orientation or identity, disability, age and other protected statuses as given by applicable law. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Most important – it’s a match!