Our People & Culture

Astex is a dynamic company striving to make an impact in the fight against cancer, CNS disorders and other major diseases. We seek to attract and retain talented individuals who are passionate about improving patient outcomes by applying their knowledge and skills to the discovery and development of innovative new therapies.

Astex’s drug discovery research and preclinical development headquarters is located in the Cambridge Science Park in Cambridge, UK.

The company’s clinical development headquarters is located in Pleasanton, CA, USA (San Francisco Bay Area).

“Astex has been at the forefront of pioneering fragment based drug discovery research since the company was founded in Cambridge, UK in 1999.  Astex’s vision and focus on world leading research has not changed since then.  Our scientists continue to foster collaborations with some of the world’s best and brightest researchers with a shared aim to discover novel drugs that will provide new treatment options to patients with some of the most devastating diseases.”

Harren Jhoti,
President and CEO, Astex Pharmaceuticals UK

Why Choose Astex?

Astex is proud of the dedication and passion of its employees who undertake creative research that facilitates the translation of cutting-edge science into novel drug discovery and the development of innovative therapies to treat disease.

Opportunities exist for talented and enthusiastic individuals who want to contribute to the success of the company. In return, the company offers its employees a stimulating, research-driven work environment where they may further develop their skills by supporting and working on a variety of challenging projects.


The company offers a very competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which is available to all of its eligible employees and includes medical, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, healthcare coverage, tuition reimbursement, generous retirement benefits, and generous vacation/holiday pay.

More details of the specific benefits for Astex US employees can be found by clicking on this link.  UK details will be made available to prospective employees.

“As part of our tireless pursuit of new therapies for better health worldwide,  Astex people are passionate, dedicated, and focused on our mission to find life-saving treatments for cancer patients.  Our people can question everything and anyone in their quest to seek the truth in their research projects. By encouraging curiosity, creativity and responsibility we aim to foster an environment in which every employee can contribute to improving the health and well-being of people everywhere.”

Martin Buckland,
President, Astex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.