Job Scope & Purpose:
Our First-in-kind biotech client has a revolutionary scientific and medical mission which will revolutionize drug discovery and is looking for a Head of Microbiology for their Cambridge, MA site. This client is backed by top international venture and philanthropic investors and was founded by one of the most successful Boston-based venture partners with a proven track record of Biotech success. If you are looking to build and lead an industry-leading team of microbial engineering scientists unified by the overarching mission to produce breakthrough drugs using novel natural product approaches then read on.
Primary Job Requirements:
Implement state-of-the-art microbiological techniques and technologies, and lead the invention and rapid deployment of novel technologies to generate fungal strains producing high yields of naturally encoded and biosynthetically engineered natural products.
Engender in the Microbiology group a culture of teamwork, high scientific standards, urgency, creativity, responsibility, initiative, and commitment to patients suffering from serious disorders.
Establish capabilities to genetically engineer fungal strains using genome editing and homologous recombination team of Design, executes and manages the fungal fermentation capability.
Establish a resource to acquire, track, characterize, access, and maintain the Fungal Strain Bank.
Prioritize the efforts of the Microbiology Group so as to align them maximally with both the broad and specific R & D objectives of the Company.
Actively collaborate with Genomics, Synthetic Biology, Natural Product Chemistry, Mass Spectroscopy, and Medicinal Chemistry functions to design and implement mission-critical experiments.
Proactively evaluate new technologies, be fully versed in the current research literature, and implement new features and functionality into the company’s genomically-enabled drug discovery pipeline.
Develop standard procedures and practices for efficient and productive implementation of microbiological techniques and technologies.
Analyze and act upon complex data sets requiring sophisticated decision-making.
Establishes processes for detailed, accurate, auditable record keeping.
Create a high-performance, rewarding and safe working environment for the Microbiology Group and the company.
Primary Job Requirements
Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in microbiology or related fields
15+ years of post-academic industry experience in microbiology, with extensive and direct experience working with fungi
A proven track record of exceptional contributions to drug discovery, as evidenced by direct participation in drug approvals, NDA and IND filings, patents, and publications
Expert knowledge in the handling and fermentation of diverse fungal species
Expert knowledge of fungal molecular genetics, secondary metabolite production and the regulation thereof, biosynthesis and metabolism, and in the implementation of state-of-the-art techniques to induce and maximize production of secondary metabolites, including in heterologous organisms
Strong project management skills with the ability to deliver results on schedule in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.
Demonstrated experience building, managing, and fostering the development of an exceptionally productive and innovative team of microbiologists
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to foresee, define, identify, and resolve problems in a timely manner
A record of publishing leading scientific papers in both specialized and general- audience journals is a plus
A personality of risk-taking, positivity, leadership, adaptability, adventurousness, and excitement to build a pioneering company and work in a dynamic, goal- and performance-oriented and dynamic team environment
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