Associate Director/Research Fellow - Exploratory Biology

Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 07, 2021
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Job Description

The Boston Research site is seeking an experienced scientist and manager to help lead our Exploratory Research group. You will report directly to the Head of Exploratory Research and lead a team of 3-4 direct reports in investigating, characterizing, and proposing new drug discovery projects for the Boston site as well as support existing projects with custom biology experiments as needed. Creativity and initiative are key attributes, as is a demonstrated record of high-quality scientific research in the industry. Vertex focuses on specialty diseases and has programs in Cystic Fibrosis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, ApoL1-mediated kidney disease, pain, and Sickle Cell-Disease, among others.

Key Responsibilities:

Create new research initiatives consistent with the Research Strategy of Vertex
Support later-stage projects as necessary
Lead and develop a team of 3-4 direct reports
Contribute to the overall administration of the Exploratory Research group
Participate in matrix research teams as needed
Stay up-to-date with the latest scientific literature and techniques
Key Qualifications

A PhD and 7-years experience, preferably in an industrial setting
Experience in new disease and new target selection
Expertise in cell and molecular biology
Broad understanding of drug discovery
Previous experience managing scientists
Experience in the rare disease space is a strong plus, though not required
Experience developing and mentoring group members
Effective communication skills, both verbal and written

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