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It’s the calibre of our people that creates our success

We grow through innovation, collaboration, nurturing our people and continuing to develop as a world-class organisation.

Our work is challenging and requires the most competent staff, therefore we aim to recruit and retain the best. We look for talented individuals from all walks of life, educational backgrounds and nationalities to provide the expertise and dedication to enable us to continually achieve success in all that we do. Evotec offers equal opportunities for people with or without, visible or not-visible disabilities.

"To communicate and to interact as much as possible within our Company is an essential element of our human resources strategy."Enno Spillner, CFO of Evotec

Employees by nationality as of 31 December 2017 in %

In fact, today, 60 different nationalities are represented amongst the employees at Evotec working across 13 sites in Germany, France, Italy, the UK, and USA. They continue to build our reputation as a leading player through their creativity, commitment, professionalism and innovative spirit.

Approximately 40% of Evotec’s employees have worked for the Company for more than five years. The average age of Evotec’s employees at the end of 2017 was approximately 39 years.

Employeed by level of education as of 31 December 2017 in %

The workforce at Evotec is highly skilled with 82% of all employees having an academic qualification. 26% of the Company’s total workforce hold a PhD degree.

Our people create our success

  • >2,100 employees worldwide
  • > 1,800 scientists
  • 60 nationalities
  • 54% of employees are women
  • On average 6.2 years of experience in drug discovery per individual
  • 82% of all employees have an academic qualification
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Our culture

For more than 20 years, Evotec has built an open and collaborative culture that emphasizes teamwork and mutual respect, while at the same time recognising the individual effort and achievements of our employees. We foster an environment that rewards initiative, engagement and the dedication of our people, whilst always working towards a common goal – to provide great value to our clients and business partners through our comprehensive expertise in drug discovery and development. We are committed to making Evotec an inspirational place to work, so whether you work in science or administration, working at Evotec means that you will have a challenging role with significant autonomy and opportunities to gain new skills, knowledge and experience.

Evotec is a science-driven, dynamic company with the feel and excitement of a high-growth enterprise. With over 2,100 employees in Europe and the USA, however, we are still small enough for everyone to play an integral role and to truly have a positive impact on the success of our business. As a result, we have a very loyal and committed workforce and this is something we are very proud of.

Our people are remarkably passionate about what they do and how they work. They come together from around the globe, from diverse educations, backgrounds, cultures and thinking styles, but form a close-knit community with widespread interactions between different departments on all sites. They can multi-task, but have a clear focus on creating innovative solutions; and most importantly they adapt with speed and flexibility to business challenges and opportunities. With this deeply engrained culture of high energy and determination to succeed, we feel Evotec is uniquely positioned for success in the future.

Edward Senior Scientist, Structural Biology “Since I joined the company in 2012, I worked in two different teams: protein production and X-ray crystallography. It allowed me to work on different roles and getting a greater insight on structural biology. Every project brings its own challenge to solve and it allows you to learn a lot from the talented colleagues you work with. I have a sense of fulfilment when, as part of a team, a solution is found so the project can move forward to the next step.”

Guillaume Research Associate, Medicinal & Synthetic Chemistry “It’s only a handful of weeks after the establishment of Evotec in France that I joined the company. As a junior collaborator, it was a unique opportunity to be part of the journey from the beginning. It allowed me to have personal inputs while all the processes and workflows were created or put into place. After working for a short period of time in a big pharmaceutical company, I found here at Evotec a great variety of missions. Depending on the projects and clients that we collaborate with, I encounter major differences in terms of scientific problems. The story never repeats itself: every new collaboration has its own challenges that need their own new solutions. That’s a tremendous opportunity for learning new skills and continuously broadening my knowledge in my field of expertise.”

Haniah Scientist 1, Anti-infectives “I was excited to be part of respiratory virus and prophylactic vaccination studies which were always my passion. Furthermore, the company is interested in developing an in-vivo model of respiratory disease which also corresponds well with my middle team career goal. I like my job because it allows me to develop my in-vitro as well as in-vivo skills in parallel. Furthermore, I am learning how to manage several clients at a time and dealing with different projects which involve different microorganisms i.e. virus-based projects and bacteria-based projects."

Richard Vice President, Business Development “I love the opportunity to see projects and biotechnology companies right in their scientific infancy and helping to bring Evotec’s drug discovery experience and technology to bear to solve the problems and to create success and value both for partners as well as for Evotec. Evotec has a great “small company” culture. There is a real sense that we succeed and fail together and most people know everyone else. I think what I like the most about Evotec is the variety of scientific problems and drug discovery projects that I’ve been involved in, as well as all the people in other companies that I’ve interacted with thanks to these projects."

Stuart Team leader, Discovery Chemistry “I started at Evotec as a Senior Scientist, working on an oncology project. After two years, that program ended and I began working on a new project in partnership with an American biotechnology company, seeking an alternative HIV therapy. During this project I led the chemistry effort and managed a small team of chemists and in 2007 I was promoted to Senior Scientist 1. I then transferred onto a new project, working in partnership with a Japanese pharmaceutical firm to develop a new anticoagulant. Again, I led the chemistry effort, managing up to 12 chemists on the project, and was promoted to Team Leader in 2011. Since 2012, I have been working as part of a collaboration with Bayer seeking a treatment for endometriosis, which affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide (around 10% of women of reproductive age). This debilitating condition results in chronic abdominal pain and can greatly impact a woman's social, professional and personal life. I hope that, through this collaboration, we can deliver some investigational new drugs that alleviate these symptoms and free so many women from a life of chronic pain. The best thing about Evotec, without question, are the people. The talent here is really outstanding, first-class. Everyone is really friendly and supportive, but with that there’s a strong drive that pervades the company to succeed in our goals and individual programmes and really make a difference to people’s lives.”

Sanjeevani Senior Research Assistant, High-Throughput Screening “I was always fascinated by the idea of using industrial robotic systems for benchtop academic science, and wished to work on fully automated high-throughput screening platforms. When I found out that Evotec offered a chance to work with such systems, I wanted to know more about the company and its working environment. After the first visit to Hamburg in 2011, and an interview with the wonderful people at Evotec, which went very well, I was convinced that working at Evotec and living in Hamburg would be the right step forward. I started at Evotec with the in-vitro biology department as a research assistant and was trained to work on one of the HTS platforms. After two years, I had an opportunity to learn something new with the radiometric screen and mass spectrometric screens. It was a big learning experience for me. I also received official training on using PRISM, Spotfire and XLFit data analysis software. In 2014, my hard work was recognised and rewarded by promoting me to Senior Research Assistant. In my current position, I am constantly learning new techniques, training new starters and gaining experience to understand the administrative part of the business. I will soon be completing 5 years at Evotec and can proudly say I have made life-long friendships here. Evotec provides a good learning environment for me to keep me motivated. My managers and fellow colleagues have always made opportunities available to me to increase my knowledge, skills, and abilities to contribute to improved performance on the job. Additionally, I believe employees need to be affirmed with positive feedback, praise or reward for a job well done. Affirmation can lead to incentive and initiative – my managers have always motivated me to go the extra mile. Last but not the least Evotec fosters a strong sense of community loyalty where all employees, regardless of level or title, feel they are important and essential to accomplishing organization’s goals.”

Julia Recruiter, Human Resources “I joined Evotec in 2015 as a Research Assistant within the Stem Cell Department in Hamburg. I was keen to see what science looked like in an industrial setting, after spending two years at a research center in Melbourne. At the Stem Cell Department, I was working with mutant iPSCs, which we differentiated into motor neurons. Although I like hands-on lab work, I realised I wanted to pursue a career path that would be more interdisciplinary and communicative. In 2017, Evotec offered me the opportunity to do exactly that and to join the HR team to become a recruiter. I am now using my scientific background to hire people for Evotec on all levels. On top of that, I am learning a lot of new things as I am also responsible for the hiring of all support functions, which is awesome.”

Locations

Hamburg, Germany

Evotec’s headquarters are located in Hamburg, far up north in Germany. It is the second largest city in the country and its biggest port. As a trade and commercial centre with a distinct maritime character, Hamburg has always been outward looking. That has shaped the mentality and cosmopolitan spirit of Hamburg’s residents. 

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Manfred Eigen Campus

The Hamburg site employs about 400 people and houses drug discovery research and development departments as well as global corporate functions including Finance, Legal and Human Resources. The research focus in Hamburg is on neuroscience, inflammation/immunology and pain. The headquarters are named after Evotec co-founder and Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen.

You can find more information about the city of Hamburg here.

Abingdon, UK

Our Milton Park site in Abingdon is home to approximately 400 employees across the disciplines of Chemistry, DMPK and Structural Biology. Based 15 miles (25 km) south of the picturesque university city of Oxford, and close to the towns of Abingdon-on-Thames and Didcot we are in a beautiful part of the country, but yet close to major road, rail and air links.

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Abingdon site

Milton Park is home to 9,000 people and 250 organisations. Milton Park offers various facilities including a post office, a local shop, a fitness and leisure centre, a bistro, a café, a hairdresser's, a nursery, urban walks and allotments.

Here you can find more information about the city of Abingdon and Milton Park.

Alderley Park, UK

At Evotec’s Alderley Park site, around 200 people work mainly in the fields of ADME, toxicology and anti-infectives.

Alderley Park is a bio and life science cluster located about 20 miles (30 km) south of Manchester. Alderley Park is home to a variety of CROs and features several amenities like gyms, restaurants and cafés or a conference centre. Here you can find out more about Alderley Park.

Toulouse, France

At Evotec (France), approximately 350 employees work across the disciplines of Chemistry, Biology, DMPK, Research Informatics, Compound Management and High-throughput screening. The site was acquired from Sanofi in April 2015.

Evotec found Business in France – Great story, short film 

Toulouse is a big city of the south-western French region of Occitanie, and it is the fourth largest city in France. It has a desirable location, being only 90 miles (150 km) from the Mediterranean Sea and 70 miles (110 km) from ski resorts in the Pyrenees.

Toulouse is the fastest-growing city in France, and is one of Europe’s most high tech cities. It is most famous for hosting the Airbus headquarters and many of its assembly-lines, but the city is also a hub for the biotechnology, aerospace and IT industries. Toulouse is the third-largest student town in France and counts many renowned schools and universities in the fields of sciences, aeronautics and engineering.

You can find more information about the city of Toulouse here.

Goettingen, Germany

Evotec International GmbH is a subsidiary of Evotec and situated right in the middle of Germany in Goettingen. This city is well known for its high-ranking science and research institutions, the fame of which are enhanced by more than 40 Nobel Prize Winners. One of these Nobel laureates, Professor Manfred Eigen, was among the founders of Evotec.

Today, the Goettingen site is hosting nearly 80 researchers focused on the discovery of innovative treatments for metabolic diseases and associated co-morbidities such as diabetic complications and kidney disease.

You can find more information about the city of Goettingen here.

Munich, Germany

Evotec operates another site in Martinsried which is one of the top biotechnology centers in the world and a hot spot for life science starts ups. Martinsried is situated in southern Germany near the Bavarian capital Munich. Munich is a modern, cosmopolitan city full with a big heart and a long heritage, full of traditions, art, culture and industry.

The site with nearly 30 employees is primarily engaged in offering proteomics and metabolomics services to address key issues in drug and biomarker discovery by using a variety of technology platforms.

You can find more information about the city of Munich here.

Branford, USA

Branford is a shoreline town located on Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut. Although Branford is a small town, it is known for high-technology and pharmaceutical companies.

Our site in Branford is small (currently focused on sample management services), but is positioned for growth in the coming years.

You can find more information about the city of Branford here.

Princeton, USA

Our Princeton site is home to approximately 15 employees who all work in our reagents department. The Princeton site was set up in early 2015, and is still growing.

Princeton is set midpoint along the Northeast corridor, halfway between the Philadelphia and New York metropolitan areas. Princeton is easily accessible by highway, mass transit, and through major airports.

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Princeton site

New Jersey is a hub for the biopharmaceutical industry, and the state is home to 14 of the world's 20 largest pharmaceutical companies. Princeton itself is in a beautiful and historic part of the country, but is perhaps most famous as the home to the 4th oldest US college.

You can find more information about the city of Princeton here.

Aptuit - an Evotec Company

Aptuit is a pioneering pharmaceutical discovery and development solutions provider, acquired by Evotec in 2017. Aptuit offers services from early drug discovery to commercial manufacturing, including INDiGO®, a comprehensive accelerated IND program, as well as Integrated Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) services. In addition to a presence at the Evotec sites in Abingdon, UK and Princeton, USA, Aptuit operates from sites in Verona, Italy and Basel, Switzerland.

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Aptuit site at Verona, Italy

Aptuit site at Abingdon, UK

Aptuit site at Basel, Switzerland

Aptuit’s major site in Verona features specialists with expertise in neuroscience, oncology, antibacterial, cardiovascular, respiratory and other key therapeutic areas. The facility offers a broad range of capabilities including drug design and discovery, pre-clinical biosciences, pharmaceutical sciences and due diligence and consultancy. You can find out more about the city of Verona here.

From its site in Abingdon, Aptuit offers API development, custom synthesis, production, including small-scale commercial capabilities, as well as analytical development, Quality control and associated stability studies. The site has regulatory approval by both MHRA and FDA. You can find out more about Abingdon here.

From its site in Basel, Aptuit provides state-of-the-art hit identification and validation services. You can find out more about the city of Basel here.

To browse through current Aptuit job opportunities, please click here.

Cyprotex – an Evotec Company

Cyprotex is a contract research organisation (CRO) specialising in in silico and in vitro ADME-Toxicology, which Evotec acquired in 2016. The company’s services allow its customers to evaluate the human in vitro ADME and Toxicology profile of potential drug candidates in an earlier discovery or development stage and predict the potential translation to clinical outcome. Cyprotex operates from the site in Alderley Park, UK and from a site in Watertown, USA.

Watertown is a small city located in Eastern Massachusetts, just 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Boston. With only 32,000 inhabitants, Watertown combines the open spaces of a small town with the close proximity to one of the most vibrant biotech clusters in the world. To find out more about Watertown, please click here.

For current job opportunities at Cyprotex, please click here.

Rewards and benefits 

Evotec aims to encourage, support and recognise the excellent performance and behaviour of our employees. Our performance-based compensation policy applies to all employees of the Evotec Group companies. We also offer a variety of benefits, which are aligned with local legislation and practices in each country. They include amongst others health and pension benefits to provide a framework of security for employees and their families.

We recognise that our employees have full lives away from the workplace and support working patterns that balance private life and career.

Career development

Get the chance, seize the chance!

Our success as a business depends on the success of our people, so we strive to employ highly qualified, talented people and are committed to ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to grow and develop their skills and gain further experience within their existing discipline and across other functions.

With the huge variety of scientific projects in different therapeutic areas, researchers receive on-the-job training, can expand their knowledge base and increase their capabilities by taking on new or additional responsibilities. In addition, we provide targeted education and training programmes to support our employees in achieving their full potential and we also encourage attendance at conferences and technical seminars. We make sure that every employee at Evotec has a yearly development plan which is reviewed with the line managers to gain the support needed for upcoming challenges.

As we continue to grow, we invest in more development options and programmes to build capabilities and unleash the talent of our employees; we recognise that for the Company to grow, our employees need to grow, too. We believe that your career is not merely defined by straight paths and promotions. For us it is about growing the experience and abilities that enable us to keep up with the future – because research never stops!

Who we hire

We recruit individuals who balance talent and creativity with the ability to deliver results. Whether you’re an experienced professional or just starting out, technical excellence is a must. Beyond that we’re on the look-out for those who interact and communicate easily with colleagues and clients. The right attitude and respect for others are very important to us; together with your ability to be a motivated team player and to hold it together under pressure are vital qualities that we look for.

You may just be starting your career...

Are you a talented, driven and ambitious graduate with a scientific degree (Bachelors, Masters, CTA, BTA)? We will provide you with the opportunity to absorb a mixture of first-rate technical training and invaluable experience where you will develop expertise within a scientific function. Our success depends on yours – wherever you are within the organisation we invest in your growth.

Or you may be an experienced scientist...

If you have already worked in industry or as a post-doc you will have proved that you have an appetite for challenging work, can demonstrate a detailed understanding of your area of science and can manage complex experiments. You will be able to apply your intellectual curiosity and technical knowledge and ability to solve problems with a forward-thinking approach.

You do not have to be a scientist...

Keeping a business of our size and scope operating as efficiently as possible relies on exceptional teamwork in IT, administration, finance and accounting, HR, communications and marketing, purchasing, facilities management and business development areas, too. You’d be wrong to think these parts of Evotec simply support the wider business though – every single employee who works here is actively involved in making Evotec a great place to work and maximising the Company’s success.

Student placements and apprenticeships

As a high-tech business we are keen to develop those with an interest in science. We offer student placements and apprenticeships across our sites.

Tips on how to apply to Evotec

What should my CV include?

Please do carefully consider the role you are applying for and tailor your CV accordingly. It’s important to clearly and concisely present all your relevant skills, experience and training.

Do I need a cover letter?

Yes, it’s always a good idea to include a cover letter. It complements your CV and makes your application more specific to the role. The letter should describe specifically how you meet the requirements for the role; it is a real opportunity to show why you feel the role would suit you. The information that you have provided in both your CV and cover letter will be used to review your application. No other documentation is required at the application stage. We recommend that you proofread and spellcheck your CV and cover letter. If you provide us with your email address, you will receive an email acknowledgement following your application.

Will I be invited to an interview?

We will review your application and check how well your CV and cover letter match the requirements of the role. If we feel that you may be suitable for the role, we will invite you for a phone/WebEx or face-to-face interview.

What does an interview involve?

If you are invited for a face-to-face interview at an Evotec site, we will schedule appointments for you with a number of Evotec colleagues to give you the opportunity to get to know Evotec as a company and to ask any questions you might have.

During your interview, we will ask you various questions which focus on your skills, knowledge and experience in past roles. It’s not a question of getting the answers right or wrong, but providing relevant examples of your work experience which demonstrate your ability to do the role you’ve applied for. For most roles, the process will include a technical interview relevant to the position you have applied for, and may involve you presenting on a topic to a small audience. Our assessment approach will be clearly outlined in your invitation to an interview.

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