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Associate Director/Director, Platform Biology

Emeryville, CA 94608

Posted: 07/17/2024 Employment Type: Direct Hire/Perm Job Category: Scientific Job Number: 609275 Is job remote?: No Country: United States

Job Description

Associate Director/Director, Platform Biology
Our clients is an innovative therapeutic drug discovery biotech that has developed a platform focused on targeted covalent drugs. This novel proprietary platform will enable them to deliver candidates against challenging targets in months, not years – 100,000 times faster than competitive technologies and has the potential to expand the spectrum of drug targets to be screened for any disease process.

They also plan to expand their platform to create therapeutics targeted at neurodegeneration, infectious diseases, and others. We are searching for talented, passionate, agile candidates to join our team.

This broadly impactful role will report to the Head of Platform and manage a team providing leadership in the selection, assessment, and preparation of targets for phenotypic DEL screening using the Discovery Platform. The Platform Biology team will also lead efforts to confirm, validate, and characterize resulting small molecule hit compounds engaging protein targets of interest in addressing multiple disease areas.

  • Provide leadership and oversight to the Platform Biology team; partner with adjacent function leaders to ensure the successful execution of chemical library screens. This will cover internal campaigns, as well as those conducted with partner organizations.
  • Oversee the engineering and generation of protein reagents vital for executing successful screens.
  • Develop capabilities and expertise to support the confirmation and characterization of covalent and non-covalent small molecule hits in biochemical, biophysical, and cellular assays.
  • Provide ongoing coaching and mentorship in target biology and preclinical compound characterization and ensure sufficient expertise to support the organization.
  • In partnership with other key stakeholders on the Platform team, continue to develop and evolve the platform technology to incorporate new chemical, biological, and technical capabilities.
  • Keep pace with technology industry trends and implications for the business.

What You Will Bring:
  • PhD in chemical biology, biophysics, enzymology, or a related field.
  • 5+ (AD) or 10+ (director) years of experience developing, implementing, and executing characterization assays supporting small molecule drug discovery.
  • 2+ (AD) or 5+ (director) years of relevant management experience.
  • Proven track-record of leadership and achievement in drug discovery; familiarity with DNA-encoded library screening would be highly beneficial.
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, hard-working, multi-disciplinary, start-up environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver results.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills and a desire to work collaboratively and lead in a matrix environment.
  • Familiarity with oncology, metabolic disease, inflammation, or neurodegenerative disease drug discovery is highly desirable.
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