Careers

Our company was founded on the premise that protein motion can be leveraged to create breakthrough medicines. The team at Relay is putting this principle into practice, with the aim of accelerating the development of medicines that will make a transformative difference in patients’ lives.

We’re tackling a wide array of compelling target opportunities with an approach that gives us the ability to discover best-in-class drugs in cancer and multiple other areas of high unmet medical need. We’d be nothing without a visionary team that not only pulls it all together, but is willing to stand behind an exciting novel approach.

Our world-class team is equal parts bright and bold, with a shared passion for working in intellectually stimulating environments. We look for people who are committed to working together in a collaborative, rigorous and entrepreneurial culture. We’ve created the kind of work environment that not only gets, but keeps people excited and focused–and we’ve mastered the art of sharing our findings in ways that both educate and inspire. Putting protein motion at the heart of drug discovery will be a challenge, but we are confident that our team’s dedication and urgency will create opportunities that profoundly impact the lives of the patients we serve. 

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Relay Therapeutics is a private company launched with $57M Series A financing from Third Rock Ventures and from an affiliate of D. E. Shaw Research.

Relay invites extraordinarily creative, talented and passionate individuals to join us as we strive to make a difference in patients’ lives. We offer competitive compensation along with a comprehensive benefits package and we recognize the achievements of our employees. Our culture fosters collaboration and excellence. Join our team!

CURRENT OPENINGS

  • Vice President, Legal Affairs

    Relay Therapeutics was founded on the premise that protein motion can be leveraged to create breakthrough medicines. The team at Relay is putting this principle into practice, with the aim of accelerating the development of medicines that will make a transformative difference in patients’ lives.  We’re tackling a wide array of compelling target opportunities with an approach that gives us the ability to discover best-in-class drugs in cancer and multiple other areas of high unmet medical need. We’d be nothing without a visionary team that not only pulls it all together, but is willing to stand behind an exciting novel approach.

    Summary:
    The VP Legal Affairs will actively contribute to overall corporate, finance, business development, and scientific strategies and their implementation, manage the legal function, and obtain and oversee the work of outside counsel.

    Responsibilities:

    • Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters.
    • Shape and drive the IP strategy. Manage the company’s patent and trademark portfolio, work directly with outside counsel and provide guidance, direction and support to internal clients.
    • Capture new IP through working with the company’s scientists, collaborators and founders.
    • Lead IP diligence for potential licensing transactions.
    • Monitor and assess changes in the IP landscape.
    • Partner with business development team to negotiate business terms and execute agreements for strategic collaborations. Oversee drafting and execution of documents for financings.
    • Fully integrate as a member of multiple project teams and provide IP input on company projects.
    • Manage the day-to-day contracts in a timely manner.
    • Serve as Corporate Secretary and manage all corporate governance matters.

    Essential Requirements:

    • J.D. required; MA Bar License preferred; at least 10-15 years of IP experience.
    • Ph.D. in related science (organic chemistry preferred).
    • Outstanding organizational skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Strong writing skills.
    • Ability to be highly productive and flexible in a fluid and fast-paced work environment.

    Preferred Requirements:

    • Previous experience at a national law firm and/or related industry desired.
    • Pharmaceutical/biotech experience and understanding of the business needs of life science companies preferred.
  • Senior Director / Vice President, Finance

    Relay Therapeutics was founded on the premise that protein motion can be leveraged to create breakthrough medicines. The team at Relay is putting this principle into practice, with the aim of accelerating the development of medicines that will make a transformative difference in patients’ lives.  We’re tackling a wide array of compelling target opportunities with an approach that gives us the ability to discover best-in-class drugs in cancer and multiple other areas of high unmet medical need. We’d be nothing without a visionary team that not only pulls it all together, but is willing to stand behind an exciting novel approach.

    Summary:
    Relay Therapeutics is seeking an exceptional candidate for a Senior Director/Vice President, Finance position to lead and manage the accounting / finance operations of the Company.  This is an excellent opportunity for a driven individual looking to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, biotech start-up environment.  This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is an opportunity to contribute significantly to a top-tier, rapidly growing, privately-held biotechnology company.  The successful candidate will have a willingness and ability to manage and execute the entire range of tasks required to support the Company’s financial functions.

    Responsibilities:
    Accounting & Reporting:

    • Lead the accounting operations of the company including maintaining an adequate system of accounting records/policies and a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk and enhance the accuracy of the company’s reported financial results.
    • Ensure that the company’s accounting procedures and reported results confirm to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
    • Prepare monthly, quarterly and year-end financial statements and forecasts.
    • Prepare monthly reconciliations of all balance sheet accounts.
    • Manage the payroll and accounts payable processes (includes overseeing purchasing process).
    • Interface with financial institutions and external accounting firm.
    • Oversee the independent valuation and year end independent financial statement audit.
    • Manage the company’s tax reporting requirements.
    • Take lead on preparing and readying the organization for SEC standards, including reporting, compliance and implementation of Sarbanes Oxley, as required.
    • Research and advise the company on the adoption of critical financial systems.
    • Support general administrative projects in Facilities, IT and HR.

    Financial Planning & Analysis:

    • Work with the Chief Financial Officer as a key contributor on the Company’s strategic plan and ongoing business strategy.
    • Support all planning, budgeting, analysis, and reporting for the company.
    • Lead budgeting and monitoring performance vs. budget on a monthly basis.
    • Organize and prepare financial materials and presentations.
    • Assist with maintenance of the Company’s capitalization table and support all shareholder issues.
    • Oversee financial and legal controls in the company.
    • Responsible for managing the cash-flow of the company, including bank accounts and investments.

    Qualifications:

    • BA/BS required, CPA a plus.
    • 7 – 10 years finance experience required, with at least 3 years of experience as a Controller.
    • SEC financial reporting experience a plus.
    • Experience in Health Care and/or Healthcare IT (HIT) finance.
    • Strong analytical skills with the ability to support a growing business.
    • Excellent GAAP, analytical, and financial reporting technical skills.
    • Ability to work in a small company environment and contribute to many different functions – willingness to “do it all” and take a hands-on approach to the role.
    • Proven ability to manage and mentor staff.
    • Highly organized, with focus on process discipline.
    • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills.
    • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment. Should be able to coordinate own priorities and those of others to meet multiple objectives simultaneously.

     

  • Associate Director / Director, Medicinal Chemistry

    The Company:

    Relay Therapeutics was founded on the premise that protein motion can be leveraged to create breakthrough medicines. The team at Relay is putting this principle into practice, with the aim of accelerating the development of medicines that will make a transformative difference in patients’ lives.  We’re tackling a wide array of compelling target opportunities with an approach that gives us the ability to discover best-in-class drugs in cancer and multiple other areas of high unmet medical need. We’d be nothing without a visionary team that not only pulls it all together, but is willing to stand behind an exciting novel approach.

     

    The Position:

    We are looking for an experienced scientist to help us build a strong portfolio of innovative medicines through excellence in synthetic chemistry and medicinal chemistry. The successful candidate will be able to integrate a range of biophysical, computational, biological, and pharmacological data to progress drug discovery projects.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Participate in and/or lead multidisciplinary research project teams, helping to set program priorities and direction
    • Apply modern drug discovery and multi-parameter optimization principles to design and synthesize safe and efficacious molecules, with the goal of progressing compounds to clinical candidates
    • Contribute effectively to patent strategy
    • Help build Relay as an organization and exemplify Relay’s core values
    • Integrate the latest advances in biophysical (e.g. room temperature crystallography, hydrogen/deuterium exchange) and computational techniques (e.g. free energy perturbation, long molecular dynamics simulations) during hit finding and lead generation
    • Incorporate analysis of the competitive landscape into program strategy
    • Supervise internal staff and CRO-based research
    • May manage research collaborations with external partners
    • Maintain a safe and inclusive work environment
    • Ensure the detailed and accurate record of experiments in lab notebooks to protect intellectual property

     

    Qualifications:

    • PhD in organic or medicinal chemistry, with minimum of 8 years of experience in relevant positions
    • Extensive experience leading hit to lead and lead optimization medicinal chemistry efforts across multiple targets and/or therapeutic areas
    • Proven track record of successfully advancing small molecules to development candidates as a project team leader
    • Strong working knowledge of structure-based drug discovery and familiarity with molecular dynamics modeling techniques
    • Experience coordinating internal and external chemistry teams to prepare compounds efficiently
    • Solid track record of impact on drug discovery projects exemplified by a record of conference presentation, peer reviewed publication, and patent inventorship
    • Capability to work within a dynamic matrix environment, with strong contribution to project strategies and progression
    • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills

     

  • Senior Scientist, Biology, Oncology Small Molecule Drug Discovery

    Position Summary:

    We are seeking a creative and self-motivated PhD scientist to join a dynamic team leading the discovery of novel small molecule therapeutics in oncology.  The ideal candidate will combine an extensive knowledge of cancer biology with experience in small molecule drug discovery to lead projects from exploratory stages to clinical development.    They will oversee the development of pre-clinical models, evaluation and progression of candidate small molecules, development of translational medicine strategies, and management of Research Associates.   We seek team players with the ability to excel in multidisciplinary team settings.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Play a leading role in the biological evaluation of small molecule modulators of clinically relevant targets in cancer, including opportunities for project team leadership
    • Independently design and oversee experiments including the development of cellular and molecular assays to support drug discovery, establishment of pre-clinical models, and evaluation of candidate molecules
    • Lead translational research experiments including the evaluation of pharmacodynamic activity and patient selection hypotheses, establishment of biomarker assays, and development of translational medicine plans
    • Manage one or more Research Associates
    • Collaborate with pharmacologists to assess activity in in vivo models
    • Interpret, summarize and present research findings at internal and external scientific meetings/conferences
    • Proactively review literature to bring in the newest scientific findings, ideas, and methods/technologies to impact drug discovery projects

    Qualifications:

    • Ph.D and post-doctoral training in Cancer Biology with demonstrated experience in oncology small molecule drug discovery
    • Minimum of 3 years in biotech/ pharma required
    • Proven track record of excellence as evidenced by high impact, peer reviewed publications and/ or patents
    • Leadership experience and the ability to coach and mentor direct reports
    • Capability to work within a dynamic matrix environment, with strong contribution to project strategies and progression
    • Excellent communication, presentation, and inter-personal skills; superb organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Senior Research Associate, Medicinal Chemistry

    Position Summary:

    Relay Therapeutics is seeking highly skilled and motivated scientist with expertise in synthetic organic chemistry to join our medicinal chemistry group. The successful candidate will help solve medicinal chemistry problems by designing and synthesizing novel compounds, in close collaboration with colleagues in biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, computational chemistry, and biology/pharmacology. Scientists who love working in a team environment and are highly motivated, creative, and detail-oriented are encouraged to apply.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Work with the chemistry team leader and a multidisciplinary team of drug discovery scientists to identify and prioritize synthetic targets
    • Independently design synthetic routes and solve complex synthetic problems
    • Lead the synthetic effort of program teams into new areas; demonstrate a high level of creativity and productivity at the bench
    • Proactively review literature to bring in the newest scientific findings, ideas, and methods/technologies for discovery research
    • Interpret, summarize, and present research findings in internal and external scientific meetings/conferences
    • Contribute to patent, report, and scientific publication writing
    • Maintain and promote a safe work environment

    Qualifications:

    • BS with 10+ or MS with 7+ years of industrial experience in medicinal chemistry
    • Proven track record of excellence as exhibited by high impact, peer-reviewed publications and/or patents
    • Superior laboratory skills and proficiency in experimental design
    • Self-motivation and a proactive mindset
    • Ability to work independently and to interact with a multidisciplinary team of medicinal chemists, structural biologists, biophysicists, biologists, computational chemists, pharmacologists, and external collaborators
    • Capability to work within a dynamic matrix environment, contributing to project strategies and progression
    • Excellent oral/written communication and presentation skills
  • Research Associate / Senior Research Associate, Biology

    Position Summary

    Relay Therapeutics is seeking a self-motivated researcher a desire to excel at the highest level to join a team of scientists driving the discovery of novel small molecule therapeutics in oncology.   The successful candidate will design and execute molecular and cell biology experiments focused on the discovery/validation of new drug targets, evaluation of candidate molecules, and development of novel biomarkers. A considerable level of independence is expected after the initial training period. S/he will interact and collaborate cross-functionally with scientists in other departments, including biochemists, chemists, and computational biologists.  Significant project ownership will allow for acquisition of new skills and for learning additional facets of the drug discovery process as projects advance.

    Job Responsibilities

    • Design and perform cell and molecular biology experiments to support the biological evaluation of small molecules impacting cancer dependencies and anti-cancer immunity
    • Develop cell-based assays to be used in target validation studies and/or medium throughput screening campaigns
    • Conduct cell-based assays in support of medicinal chemistry efforts and structure activity relationship assessment
    • Develop and perform pharmacodynamic and patient selection biomarker assays
    • Maintain good written records of laboratory procedures, results and conclusions.
    • Perform and report interim analysis of accumulated data to monitor work progress.

    Qualifications

    • BS/MS with 3+ years of industry/academic experience working in a cancer biology team
    • Experience in molecular biology (nucleic acid purification, DNA cloning, PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, and qPCR, si/shRNA, CRISPR, lentiviral gene knockdown)
    • Exceptional cell biology capabilities (mammalian cell culture flow cytometry, microscopy). Experience with in vitro immunology assays is a plus
    • Ability to design and execute experiments, analyze and document results
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to multi-task

Career Inquiries:

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Relay Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Core Values

Fearless

Pursuing groundbreaking medicines by focusing on protein motion.

Relentless

Sustained urgency because patients can’t wait.

Candor

Openness through respect, listening, and speaking up.

Craftsmanship

Our best work, with passion, pride, and excellence.

Humanity

Accomplishing great things through generosity, enthusiasm, and collaboration.