Program Director - Biology Automation

SRI International
Menlo Park, California, US
Closing date
Dec 5, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

SRI International, an over 75-year strong pioneering research institute, has a rich history supporting government and industry. Our innovations have created new industries, billions of dollars in market value and lasting benefits to society. SRI is organized around broad disciplines and capabilities, with research and development divisions and labs to groups who excel at identifying new opportunities, developing products and creating custom solutions. Our organization is driven by impact - delivering unique solutions for the world's important challenges and transforming ideas into reality for clients and partners.


SRI Biosciences is seeking creative and enthusiastic scientists with the ability to collaboratively establish new platform technologies for molecular discovery and therapeutic development.

In particular we are looking for experienced preclinical biologists to manage assay development across a wide range of molecular targets, as well as collaboratively design and implement automated high throughput screening (HTS) to integrate with cutting edge chemistry automated systems.

This position will be a part of the Applied Research group which is developing innovative solutions under SRI's SynFiniTM platform for automated and AI-guided drug discovery.

The candidate should be experienced with:

Small molecule drug discovery from target selection, hit discovery to lead candidate selection

Leading multi-disciplinary teams focused on the biological aspects of discovery programs including selection, set up, validation and running of in vitro and in vivo assays for novel molecular targets

HTS automation, implementation, data tracking and analysis

The successful candidate will:Work closely with researchers in the Applied Research group in SRI Biosciences to invent, apply and transition new technologies and products into the marketplace including drugs candidates and systems that accelerate the drug discovery process

He/she will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers engaged in projects at SRI that feature robotics, artificial intelligence, computational biology, lab automation, microfabrication and imaging


Applicants should have:

A Ph.D. degree in cellular biology, molecular biology or related field with ten plus years' experience in pharma / biotech or an academic drug discovery center

Demonstration of successful leadership of complex programs and ability to work in multidisciplinary teams

Excellent communication skills - demonstrated ability to represent programs to senior management and manage alliances with external partners

A high-impact publication record or comparable success within a pharmaceutical/biotechnology company setting

Broad experience in mammalian cell culture, cell-based assays, and biochemical characterization methods is essential

Experience with in vivo models is desirable

Candidates should have a strong track record, and interest in innovation with demonstrated ability to conceive of and execute challenging projectsThe successful candidate must have a willingness to work in a wide variety of therapeutic areas and disease states

Experience with proposal writing and presentation skills are highly valued

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