(Senior) Director Neuroscience/Pain - Chemistry - Grnenthal (Brighton)


: $94,360.00 - $141,170.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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Accountable for discovery and ultimate delivery of positive Proof-of-Concept studies for innovative pain assets.

Main Responsibilities

Professional and Educational Experience

  • Accountable to provide expert functional input to create, advance and deliver a project/project idea from target idea to successful proof-of-concept clinical trial.
  • Provide thought-leadership domain of expertise maximizing asset value.
  • Contribute functional expertise and judgement to overall integrated asset plan, problem solving etc.: deep expertise in Synthetic/ Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry/Pre-clinical Development ranging from Target Identification to PoC in Neuroscience/Pain area.
  • Responsible for conduction and delivery of activities within agreed timeframe and area of expertise, using Grnenthals headquarter based platforms or external providers.
  • Responsible to monitor and optimize performance and motivation of internal platforms and external providers to maximize output for the project. Good understanding of the external CRO provider landscape.
  • Leveraging North America based external innovation (biotech, academia) by continuously scouting and evaluating partnering opportunities to fill into Grnenthal s portfolio.
  • Strong scientific and personal bonding with peers from other R&D related departments.
  • Overall accountable while setting up and leading project teams with members from Boston Innovation Hub and other R&D related departments, external providers, developing and shaping the overall project science and the operational project plan, setting up agreement and monitoring of project budget and milestones/deliverables.
  • Ph.D. with > 10 years of pharmaceutical industry RnD experience as a senior scientist and > 5 years of experience as project leader in Neuroscience/Pain RnD (Target Identification to PoC).
  • Strong demonstrated functional area expertise chemistry and preclinical development relevant to Neuroscience/Pain (> 10 years).
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering high quality clinical candidates (> 2) in the area of Neuroscience/Pain, strong record of publishing and presenting scientific primary results.
  • Familiarity to successfully work and deliver projects within highly outsourced and matricized environments across diverse geographies and working cultures.
  • Familiarity with more than one of the following therapeutic modalities preferred: small and large molecules, cell and gene therapy.
  • Truth seeking and delivery focused, driven/passionate scientists with strong focus on creating value, problem solving and making things happen: role model.
  • Strong at building, driving, leading and delivering within collaborative and high performing project teams in virtualized settings and with diverse geography and working cultures.
  • Fluent business English language skills.
  • Able to work in a highly outsourced model (e.g. good at planning, flexible, quick acting, foresees problems, good TC/communication skills).
  • Up to 30% of national and international travel will be required for this role.
  • Challenge the status quo in constructive manner, trying and executing on new things and taking smart risks to create and deliver value for the patients and Grnenthal.
  • Strong matrix leadership skills to lead, motivate and influence non-hierarchical, international, multi-functional teams of highly skilled project members and internal as well as external platform scientists.
  • Solid and well-established networking ability in a cross-cultural internal and external environment.
  • Can-do person, problem solvers who like to make their hands dirty driving projects forward.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills across all levels of the organization are required.
  • Pragmatic and non-territorial approach to value generation for Grnenthal Innovation.
  • GRT Therapeutics is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or Veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

    Associated topics: biomaterials, biomedical, biophysics, bioprocess, genetic, medical, msat, neuroscience, nutrition, therapeutic * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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