Associate Director Research & Development - Toxicology

Job Location
San Diego, CA
Job Description

R&D Leader Responsibilities

Ideal candidate will play an important role in designing and characterizing bioprinted 3D tissues across a variety of downstream applications, including toxicity and disease modeling.
Guide PhD level scientists and their teams in their efforts towards 3D tissue design and characterization, including the renal and liver internal programs and external partnerships in the custom liver space.
Design and optimize 3D tissues using proprietary Organovo technology, using a battery of biochemical, histologic, and/or cell-based assays for characterization.
Develop and optimize assays aimed at cell/tissue analysis, including immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, quantitative PCR and ELISA
Lead cross functional teams.
Direct the work of group research associates to achieve goals listed
Perform lab work and lab training up to 50% of the time, depending on customer demand
Direct the work of PhD level project scientists and associates in their efforts to design and characterize 3D tissues, with a focus on the renal and custom liver programs
Work with customers and management to define project goals and timelines, providing guidance on both scientific and financial aspects
Work with finance to track program costs and revenue recognition
Report results to customers and senior management
Prepare and review detailed SOPs that enable transfer of validated assays to project teams and customers
Other Duties as assigned.

R&D Leader Skills & Experience:

PhD in Biology, Biochemistry or related field. Previous experience in renal or liver biology a plus, but not required.
Ideal candidate is has 8+ years of post-doctoral experience in an industrial setting and ability to lead programs and project scientists in the Tissue Applications group.
At least 3 years supervisory experience, leading both PhD level scientists and research associates.
Ability to manage multiple programs in parallel, helping maintain focus on the most key aspects of program execution and adhering to aggressive timelines and budgets.
In depth knowledge of cutting-edge biochemical and cellular assay technologies (ELISA, qPCR, microscopy, flow cytometry) is required.
Expertise in the drug discovery process and a demonstrated ability to independently lead large, diverse cross-functional teams in a fast-paced work environment is critical.
Previous experience managing collaborations with external partners is a plus.
Demonstrated record of driving strategic plans including portfolio management.

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