Director, Discovery Biology

Planet Pharma
San Francisco, California, US
May 05, 2021
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Summary: We are seeking a creative and highly motivated Director with experience in Virology and small molecule drug discovery to join our Discovery Biology team at Assembly Bio. This individual will work closely with senior members of the Biology, Chemistry, and Drug Metabolism teams to select drug targets and to conduct and oversee biological testing of new inhibitors.

Key responsibilities include:

Conduct biological research to identify and develop new small molecule drugs for the treatment of infectious diseases
Participate and contribute to the research strategy on target selection, validation and screening approaches
Provide strategic leadership and technical expertise in the functional area of biology and virology
Lead and participate in cross-functional drug discovery teams
Effective teamwork with colleagues in Medicinal Chemistry, DMPK, and Clinical Virology, to support all stages of drug discovery and development
Manage the daily activities and development of junior biologists
Design, develop, validate, and execute experimental studies to support drug discovery
Interpretation and presentation of complex experimental results and data sets
Working effectively with external collaborators and CROs to accomplish department goals
Monitoring relevant scientific literature and incorporate new insights into work activities
Contributing to the publication and external presentation of results
Preferred Qualifications include:

PhD or equivalent and 10+ years relevant industry experience
Laboratory experience in infectious disease related biology, ideally virology
Experience in managing direct reports and leading cross-functional drug discovery teams
Experience in development and optimization of in vitro and cell-based screening assays
Experience working with external collaborators and Contract Research Organizations
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively across the organization
Ability to contribute to strategy; ability to proactively conceive and propose new Research ideas; ability to establish infrastructure to support new Research initiatives

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