Job title: Director, Viral Vectors
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
Salary type: Annual
Salary: USD $180,000.00
Job published: 20-06-2019
Job ID: 32332

Job Description

Director, Viral Vectors
Harrison Frazer are currently recruiting on behalf of an organisation focusing on the discovery and development of therapeutics for the treatment of movement disorders.
This position can be located in Princeton, NJ or in Los Angeles, CA.  
  • Accountable for advancing the use of AAV gene delivery by contributing innovation in vector engineering, optimization, manufacturing and dosing
  • Contribute to the evaluation, prioritization, and implementation of viral gene delivery systems to the CNS
  • Contribute to strategy to bring forward drug discovery candidates from internal and external research programs with a specific accountability for the design, development and utilization of viral delivery vectors and associated payloads  (encoded proteins, RNAi, guide RNAs)
  • Accountable for assessing and implementing viral based delivery technologies for in vitro cell culture and in vivo rodent and large animal models
  • Oversee efforts in the molecular and gene therapy clinical development programs
  • Accountable for the establishment and management of a network of collaborators 
  • Participate in internal and external scientific reviews of biology and technology platforms
  • Execute all the necessary process, legal, and business requirements
  • Communicate the state-of-the art opportunities in viral vectors and gene delivery and their relevance and impact to research focus
Candidate Profile:
  • M.D. or Ph.D. in life sciences and relevant postdoctoral training
  • 5+ years experience as an independent scientist
  • Experience in gene therapy and the use of viral delivery vectors in drug discovery
  • Expertise and knowledge in molecular biology and significant experience with viral vector technologies in cell culture and in vivo applications
  • Experience in viral production and purification including AAV and lentiviral vectors
  • Expertise and experience in the design and characterization of viral delivery to cells and in animal models for target validation and exploration of biological mechanisms
  • Experience planning and conducting in vitroin vivo, and ex vivo genetic and pharmacologic perturbation studies
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, design, and drive innovative programs and demonstrated evidence of scientific problem solving
  • Strong analytical skills, critical reasoning, and scientific rigor
  • A track record of scientific accomplishment as evidenced by publications in refereed journals and/or securing of research funding support
  • Excellent written & oral communication, and effective interpersonal skills necessary for the coordination of a network of external global collaborators
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