Group Leader In Vitro Pharmacology

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About the job

Do you have a background in in vitro pharmacology and drug discovery? Are you seeking a new career challenge?

Invenia has partnered with a leading drug discovery and development company that operate globally with multiple sites across the UK, Germany, France, Italy and US. This innovative organisation provides drug discovery expertise and capabilities to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as to academic institutions in the form of fee-for-service work, integrated drug discovery alliances, development partnerships, licensing of innovative drug candidates and consulting arrangements.

With their leading scientific experts, state-of-the-art technologies and key therapeutic expertise they can develop best-in-class and first-in-class differentiated therapeutics on its systematic, unbiased and comprehensive infrastructure.

Due to continued growth, our client is seeking a Group Leader, In Vitro Pharmacology for their site in Oxfordshire.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Play a primary role in establishing an in vitro pharmacology platform to support DMTA (Design Make Test Analyse) workflows, maintaining a cutting-edge awareness of technical developments and scientific knowledge to improve assay performance.
  • Recruit and lead a group of skilled in vitro pharmacologists consisting of team leaders, masters/engineers and technicians, while collaborating in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced discovery-oriented environment, and at the interface of several departments.
  • Successfully represent the company externally to potential new clients and collaborators in In Vitro pharmacology and/or integrated drug discovery projects.
  • Be responsible for supporting existing activities as well as establishing novel In Vitro assays, know-how and capabilities within the In Vitro department in the UK in response to new business opportunities, working efficiently with other scientists within the company and/or external platforms.

 Skills & Experience Required:

  • Minimum of a PhD
  • Significant pharmaceutical industry, biotech and/or CRO experience required
  • Records and accomplishments in drug discovery project delivery with clients/partners required
  • A proven background in in vitro pharmacology and drug discovery with a track record of contributing to projects involving various target classes and technologies. Experience in RF/MS and/or other biophysical technologies is a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and leading in vitro pharmacology activities in collaboration with other line functions, including chemistry and DMPK departments.
  • Experience in building teams from the ground up is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, works well independently and as a group leader, and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to organise, analyse and communicate complex scientific concepts and data sets in a clear and concise manner to key stakeholders/clients from diverse backgrounds. Ensures attention to detail
  • Ability to manage collaborators, supervise trainees and ensure regular training of colleagues in the in vitro pharmacology field
  • Skilled in designing in vitro biology approaches including short-term and long-term experimental plans, gap analysis, study follow up (timelines, costs, deliverables)
  • Autonomous, pro-active, flexible and a motivating leader
  • Rigorous, innovative and knowledgeable
  • Dynamic and customer focused

Interested in this position? Apply via the following link to find out more information.