Principal Scientist, Virology

Venatorx Pharmaceuticals, Inc
February 22, 2021
Malvern, PA
Job Type


Venatorx Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Full Time
Malvern, PA, US

The Principal Scientist, Virology is responsible for leading/co-leading a talented team of scientists to advance Venatorx's antiviral drug discovery pipeline. This is a dual role position requiring both management and hands-on laboratory skills. The successful candidate will play a key role in contributing to the overall strategy of the group as well as design and execute critical experiments to advance the Company's research goals. The incumbent will also lead/co-lead efforts to submit NIH grant proposals to support early stage discovery projects.
Responsibilities include:

  • Direct/co-direct antiviral research activities including: assay development, high throughput screening, lead identification, lead optimization, mechanism of action studies and translational research.
  • Contribute to the overall strategy and direction of the virology group.
  • Manage/co-manage research project timelines and reporting obligations.
  • Manage/co-manage external contract research organization activities related to antiviral discovery programs.
  • Manage/co-manage scientific team to advance research programs.
  • Design and execute laboratory experiments to further Venatorx's research goals.
  • Conceptualize, write and submit grant applications to the NIH to support internal drug discovery efforts.
  • Communicate results, milestones and timelines to both Sr. Management and Research Teams.

Candidate requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Virology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or other Biomedical Science is required.
  • Must have a minimum of 10 years of industry experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology setting with a focus on antiviral drug discovery or related field.
  • Broad background and technical expertise encompassing discovery biology, pharmacology and preclinical development.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a scientific leadership role.
  • Demonstrated expertise in advancing small molecule compounds through discovery and preclinical development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-functional discovery/development team.
  • Requires a strong track-record of building teams and mentoring scientists.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills are required.
  • Must be results-driven with excellent attention to detail.

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status


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