Senior Research Scientist
Seattle, WA - Full-Time
Menten AI is looking for a drug hunter/huntress to lead our preclinical research and drug discovery efforts and help us create the next generation of protein-based therapeutics. The scientist will become a strategic member of a multidisciplinary and innovative research group and develop, lead, and execute the short and long-term drug discovery strategy and roadmap. The successful candidate will also support the laboratory bench and manage 1-3 research scientists to drive Menten AI’s preclinical research projects to IND stage. We are looking for an innovator who can embrace and contribute to the company’s positive culture of support and growth.
If you are looking to co-create a paradigm shift in drug discovery - this job is for you!
Location: San Francisco or Boston. (We are flexible and considering both options for our wet lab)
Develop, lead, and execute the short and long-term strategy and roadmap for all preclinical research protein-based drug discovery efforts including:
Target identification and validation
Discovery/design of protein-based therapeutic candidates
Lead generation, optimization, and development in the pre-clinical phase
Supervise all R&D operations in the wet lab to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission
Develop and maintain a deep knowledge of key drug discovery targets
Work with the executive team to attract and build a world-class drug discovery team for the computational and wet labs
Contribute to a positive team culture supporting personal and professional development in line with the company’s core values and mission
Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field
5+ years R&D experience in protein-based drug discovery in Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical industry including:
Excellent written and oral communication skills demonstrated by a strong record of research publications and high profile scientific presentations
Broad experience in cellular and biological techniques e.g. SPR, ITC, phage display, etc.
Strong supervisory skills including organizing and leading pre-clinical drug research and development efforts in an industrial or academic setting
Knowledge/experience operating in a regulated environment (e.g. GLSP, GxP & AAALAC)
Preferred Experience and Skills
Demonstrated success in managing complex, multidisciplinary projects, with experience across a broad range of research areas related to the drug discovery and development process
Experience working with contract research organizations (CROs)
Expertise in peptide/protein design or engineering, cell-permeability, bioavailability, half-life extension, willingness to relocate to lab location.
What we offer
Menten AI is all about helping you lead a healthy and meaningful life in and outside of work. We won’t lure you into staying longer with free dinners or dry-cleaning. We believe that your best work starts with a healthy lifestyle filled with freedom to rest, create, exercise, and spend time with the ones you love.
Benefits & Perks
Medical, dental and vision insurance
4 weeks of paid vacation every year
Flexible work location
Work from where you feel most comfortable e.g. the lab, home office or co-shared workspace.
Wellness & Fitness Allowance
We’ll pay up to $100/month towards a product, service, or experience that enhances your overall physical or mental well-being. There are no clear rules here, but for example you can use this towards that marathon race you’ve been wanting to run, gym memberships, running shoes, meditation or yoga classes, etc. Whatever works for you.