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Associate Director: Discovery Biology

Posted 7 March by Langton Howarth Ltd Easy Apply Featured Ended

Salary Package: Wide Open and Flexible DOE + Excellent Bonus Scheme

Location: Home Based in UK (Preferably Cambridge)

Requirements of the Associate Director:

  • PhD or MSc educated in a biology-based discipline (pharmacology, ion channel biology, toxicology etc.)
  • Proven track record of recruiting and developing a world-class team and optimising their performance in a discovery project environment
  • Strong knowledge of pharmacology, pre-clinical safety etc. gleaned through professional recognition, external presentation and publication in high-impact journals
  • Extensive experience in pre-clinical drug discovery, with deep pharmacology knowledge, coupled with a strong safety expertise in one or more target organ areas (eg. hepatotoxicity, cardiotoxicity)
  • Extensive knowledge of pre-clinical safety studies within an academic or industrial environment
  • Track record of achieving and driving results across a diverse project portfolio by driving strategic, scientific, financial and people performance

Responsibilities of the Associate Director:

  • You will set the vision and lead a team in generating pre-clinical plate-based in vitro safety assessment data to predict and understand compound (and novel drug modalities) liability at key safety-related targets
  • You will also be accountable for Discovery Sciences’ ion channel pharmacology capabilities for both safety and efficacy studies
  • As the Associate Director, you will lead and drive a high-performing team to provide early, impactful safety insight to projects across the global IMEDs, through a combination of quantitative in vitro pharmacological, 'omics, mass-spectrometry and high content imaging approaches
  • You will be a scientific leader, able to represent the discipline across a broad range of therapeutic projects and global initiatives within Discovery Sciences and IMEDs, and also externally
  • You will drive scientific and technical innovation, including through external collaboration and partnership
  • You will also be a key member of the Global Mechanistic Biology & Profiling Leadership Team, participating in setting and maintaining the strategic direction, scientific quality and efficiency of the department


  • My client is a leading organisation in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Working across the globe this role collaborates with their UK-Based head office as well as sites all over Europe
  • Discovery Sciences is a department which drives early drug discovery through Innovative Medicines and Early Development
  • A large focus of my client lies in Mechanistic Biology, Oncology, Cardiovascular and Renal Disease, Respiratory, Inflammation & Autoimmunity, and Neuroscience.

If this sounds like the role for you then please apply now!

You must have full right to work in the UK to be considered for this role.

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Required skills

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Discovery Biology

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