Asparia Glycomics is a rapidly growing glycotechnology company that offers state-of the art products and services for glycobiology to customers worldwide.

Join our international team of highly qualified professionals on our exciting mission to provide innovative and reliable glycotechnology products and services at an affordable cost. We offer a fun and flexible work environment in modern labs and excellent prospects for personal career development in a young biotechnology company.

Asparia Glycomics is located in the Guipuzkoa Science Park, a recognized biotech and science hub located in the scenic coastal town of San Sebastian, Basque Country with an exceptionally quality of life.

If you are an enthusiastic glycoscientist with advanced expertise in either synthetic carbohydrate chemistry or in mass spectrometry based glycan analysis who is looking for a new challenge, we are always interested in hearing from you.

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Synthetic Organic Chemist- Carbohydrate Chemistry

Tentative start date: September 2022

Asparia Glycomics is a rapidly growing glycotechnology company that offers state-of the art products and services for glycobiology to customers worldwide. We are specialists in the custom synthesis of complex oligosaccharides and glyconjugates, quantitative glycan analysis and microarray based glycomics.

We are now looking for an experienced and talented organic chemist to join our Glycan Synthesis team. You will work on complex custom synthesis projects and participate in our in-house research program towards novel glycoscience research tools and reagents. Asparia Glycomics is located in the Guipuzkoa Science Park in San Sebastian, a scenic coastal town in the Basque Country with a high quality of life and famous for its food. The ideal candidate will have several years of experience in the multi-step organic synthesis, is able to develop and execute reliable protocols for synthesis and purification and is well versed in the characterization of complex glycans by NMR and mass spectrometry.

Your role and duties at Asparia Glycomics:

  • Custom synthesis of oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates: route design, cost analysis, multi-step synthesis, purification and analysis
  • Compound purification to purity specifications by preparative HPLC or other means
  • Compound characterisation by in-house high field NMR, mass spectrometry and chromatography
  • Participate in internal research and development projects (compound libraries, standards, tools, kits)
  • Prepare written research reports and synthesis protocols
  • Present work results in regular progress meetings of the synthesis team
  • Participate in management of lab, supplies and instrumentation

 Desired education and skill set

  • Degree in Chemistry and PhD in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, natural product synthesis or medicinal chemistry
  • Postdoctoral experience in academic research lab or small company welcome
  • Hands on experience in mass spectrometry and 2D-NMR
  • Able to work independently on complex synthetic projects against tight deadlines
  • Meticulous and well organized experimentalist with good theoretical knowledge in organic synthesis and compound characterisation
  • Previous experience in carbohydrate synthesis and enzymatic synthesis
  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills

Our Offer:

  • Full time permanent contract after probation period
  • Participate in cutting edge glycoscience research and custom synthesis projects
  • Small and fun team of enthusiastic glycoscientists
  • Salary range in line with experience

Application procedure:

Candidates should submit their CV, cover letter and names and contact details of at least 2 references by e-mail to The deadline for application is 31.08.2022, later applications will be considered if the position has not been filled.