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Associate Director of Biology

The Fordy Group
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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I'm looking to speak with PhD educated candidates with 10+ years experience hands on drug discovery experience.

Job Description:

We strongly believe that unlocking innovative medicines requires the close cooperation of dynamic teams spanning disease biology, protein biochemistry, data science, structural biology, biophysics, and medicinal chemistry.

Interlinking all these nodes is a Project Leader who is accountable for the success of a project. The Project Leader will have autonomy and resources to prosecute projects rapidly, efficiently, and to the highest scientific standards. Project leaders are vital pillars of our operational model and success.

We seek a highly motivated, experienced R&D Project Leader with a track record of leading antiviral and infectious diseases therapeutic projects across the discovery and preclinical spectrums. The Project Leader will be responsible for advancing our antiviral drug programs, setting project strategy, and leading execution. The candidate will have a "roll-up-your-sleeves" attitude and will be comfortable with bench-work just as much as driving the program forward through the deployment of internal and external resources. The successful candidate will define the path to drug discovery from hit-generation to candidate selection with compelling data packages in line with our corporate goals.

The Project Leader will work closely with medicinal and computational chemistry colleagues, biophysicists, and a team of research associates in identifying, characterization, and advancing high-quality drug candidates through preclinical development and IND studies, including proof-of-mechanism endpoints. The candidate will develop collaborative partnerships within the company and with external collaborators, including academic investigators and contract research organizations (CROs).

Key Responsibilities
  • Directly lead small-molecule, infectious and antiviral drug discovery programs, overseeing all phases of project execution with a focus on R&D outcomes.
  • Develop and establish assays (antiviral, cytotoxicity, and/or intracellular assays) to support hit-to-lead (H2L) and lead optimization as well as antiviral high throughput screening (HTS) campaigns.
  • Deploy sophisticated virology techniques for high-volume, high-speed drug discovery deriving unique insights from biological data
  • Design and perform mechanism of action studies.
  • Create and implement project strategies to identify high-quality development drug candidates, identify key decision points, and manage risk.
  • Identify and develop short-, mid-, and long-term R&D objectives alongside senior management.
  • Prioritize and coordinate research activities and allocate resources between internal staff and external contract research organizations (CROs).
  • Proactively communicate project strategy, anticipate potential issues, and recommend appropriate resource decisions.
  • Communicate closely with internal and external team members across multiple disciplines to achieve project goals.

  • Ph.D. degree in cell biology, molecular biology, infectious diseases or related discipline.
  • 10 years of hands-on drug discovery experience in an industrial setting in the antiviral and/or infectious therapeutic areas.
  • Proficiency with molecular biology and virology techniques: recombinant DNA techniques, RNA isolation, cell culture, transfections, virus production, amplification, viral quantitation, identification of optimal virus MOI etc. Possess a deep and broad understanding molecular biology and infectious diseases, including knowledge of preclinical and translational models.
  • Demonstrable hands-on experience in all aspects of hit-generation, advancing small molecule or antiviral drugs through lead optimization to candidate selection.
  • A clear understanding of drug discovery stage gates. Basic knowledge of or exposure to pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, medicinal chemistry, ADME, and toxicology.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with the ability to define strategy, develop project goals, and drive a program.
  • Experience working in dynamic, productive, cross-functional internal and external teams.
  • Track record of initiative and execution while maintaining the highest scientific rigor.
  • Possess outstanding organizational abilities with a collaborative, tactful, and goal-oriented working style.
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced start-up and a multitasking environment.
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