Job title: Director, RNA Biology
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
Salary type: Annual
Salary: USD $180,000.00
Job published: 18-06-2019
Job ID: 32327

Job Description

Director, RNA Biology


Harrison Frazer are working with an organization dedicated to the rapid discovery and development of therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease. 


They are currently seeking a Scientific Director to be responsible for the design & oversight of target/therapeutic agent identification and validation in cell and animal models relevant to disease area research. 


This position can be based in either Princeton, NJ or Los Angeles, CA. 



  • Develop small molecule strategies for various structures/pathways
  • Manage CROs to develop assay systems in order to identify & validate small molecule RNA targeting approaches for disease areas
  • Work with academic collaborators for research into RNA biology in cell and animal models
  • Work closely with a team of Directors for target validation, intervention strategies, small molecule screening & optimization, target engagement, etc. 
  • Involvement in writing peer-reviewed publications and presenting data both internally and at relevant conferences. 


Candidate Profile: 

  • PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/similar
  • 5+ years' experience in the biopharmaceutical sector beyond post-doc
  • Knowledge and experience in biochemistry/RNA biology, including in the analysis of RNA:protein complexes
  • Strong publication record, with research relating to RNA and translation
  • Experience leading programs, collaborating with cross-disciplinary teams, plus a deep understanding of the drug discovery process

Ideal candidates will have experience in CNS drug discovery and experience working with CROs. 


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