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Director of Research & Development

Company: The American Society for Cell Biology
Location: Fort Collins
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

About the Company: SiVEC Biotechnologies is a start-up company located in Fort Collins, CO that is committed to developing a platform to revolutionize tissue targeted delivery of nucleic acid-based therapeutics for rapid treatment and prevention of disease.

Job Description: We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced Director of Research & Development to help design and execute research activities which support continued R&D efforts focused on developing a nucleic acid delivery platform. This role requires a strategic leader who is responsible for shaping creative and efficient strategies to support a NIH/NIAID-sponsored Phase II SBIR project and develop other technology pipelines. The candidate will be relied on to provide scientific expertise and strategic guidance towards achieving research targets, developing and managing IP assets, preparing meaningful data packages, evaluating potential partnering opportunities, prioritizing R&D resource allocation, understanding relevant market trends and competitive landscapes, training and supervising Research Associates and technical staff, and supporting continued company expansion. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who works well as part of a multi-disciplinary team, thrives under the pressure of deadlines, and is flexible to pivot and switch gears. The ideal candidate will have extensive know-how and hands on experience with molecular techniques, immunobiology, microbial genetics and engineering, and mechanisms of disease (infectious and/or non-infectious). Prior experience with and/or knowledge of nucleic acid-based therapies (RNAi, mRNA, CRISPR) is advantageous, along with prior industry experience.

This position will comprise a combination of bench work, animal work, and office work, with the potential for some travel, not expected to exceed 10% of effort.

This is a full-time position for which we initially offer a one-year employment agreement.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Paid time off (10 holidays, 15 days annual leave, flexible sick leave policy, volunteering hours), matching on charitable donations, Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA), and a 4% salary match on IRA or 401(k) contributions.

Requirements

Essential Responsibilities and Skills:

Strategize, design, and execute research activities which support development of a nucleic acid delivery platform.

Oversee Company R&D activities, develop SOPs and protocols, interpret and communicate scientific results, and provide recommendations across numerous projects.

Provide scientific expertise and ideas towards achieving research targets, preparing meaningful data packages, and shaping creative and efficient strategies to develop technology pipelines.

Help evaluate potential partnering opportunities for pipeline assets to prioritize research goals and resource allocation.

Interface with external experts and potential partners to obtain feedback on Company development plans and stay abreast of market trends and competitive and new technologies.

Participate in Company strategic planning exercises to ensure continued alignment of mission, culture, research objectives, and resource allocation.

Promote a wholistic, forward-thinking scientific approach which values preparedness for future patent, regulatory, clinical, manufacturing, licensing, and commercialization activities.

Support continued Company expansion through identification of gaps and acquisition of talent and other resources required to foster a strong scientific team.

Train and supervise Research Associates, Laboratory Technicians, Student Interns, other technical staff.

Oversee day-to-day laboratory activities and participate in laboratory benchwork as needed.

Prepare scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, technical presentations, and other reports.

Contribute to the conceptualization and implementation of Company intellectual property management.

Interpret, report, and present results of experiments and animal studies to external stakeholders.

Other duties as shall reasonably be assigned to accomplish Company and R&D objectives.

Education and Experience:

To be considered for this position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Master’s degree (minimum) or PhD (preferred) in relevant field such as molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, virology, biomedical engineering, or other life science field

Minimum 7 years (MS level) or 5 years (PhD level) relevant work experience in an academic or industry setting, with increasing responsibility

Mastery of relevant scientific techniques, including but not limited to, microbial genetics, molecular cloning, PCR, sequencing, bacterial and mammalian cell culture, genetic analyses, nucleic acid and plasmid purification

Excellent written and oral communication skills for interaction with technical experts and laypeople, supported by peer-reviewed or other relevant publications and abstracts

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:

Experience as a supervisor and/or manager

Experience with CRISPR or other gene editing techniques

Experience with RNA interference (siRNAs, shRNAs, microRNAs)

Previous work with animal models (rodents preferred)

Experience with fluorescent reporter assays, including in vivo imaging, flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy

Experience with infectious disease (virology) research; experience with influenza virus is a distinct advantage

Relevant industry experience in biotechnology

In addition to these required/preferred skills, a strong work ethic, a creative approach to problem solving, an interest in translational science, a positive mindset, and a meticulous approach to research are desired. SiVEC is a startup company; therefore, the candidate must be comfortable with a demanding, fast-paced work environment and excited about working with a dynamic team. The ideal candidate also enjoys working in the laboratory.

How to Apply: To apply for this job, please send a current resume/CV and a list of three professional references to: llinke@sivecbiotech.com with the heading “SiVEC Director of R&D Position” by 5 PM MDT September, 2 2020.

Job Information

Job ID: 54438485

Position Title: Director of Research & Development

Company Name: SiVEC Biotechnologies

Job Function: Director

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Duration: 1-2 Years

Min Education: Master's Degree

Min Experience: 5-7 Years

Required Travel: 0-10%

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