Vice President, Neuroscience

Position Details

  • Job Title: Vice President, Neuroscience
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Job Category: Neurobiology
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JOB SUMMARY

Kallyope, a New York City-based biotechnology company, is seeking an experienced, creative, and self-motivated neuroscientist to lead a team engaged in the discovery of novel targets, pathways, and drugs that act within the gut-brain axis to treat neurological and neuroinflammatory diseases.  Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, the successful applicant will guide Kallyope’s neuroscience strategy and oversee internal and external neuroscience drug discovery from target identification through candidate nomination.  The team employs leading technologies, including single cell/single nucleus sequencing, circuit-tracing, chemogenetics, and behavioral phenotyping, and has access to fully equipped laboratories and an on-site vivarium. This is a unique opportunity to impact both the strategy and execution of multiple programs driven by Kallyope’s leading biology on the gut and gut-brain axis.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, continually refine, and execute the strategy for identifying and validating drug targets within the gut-brain axis for the treatment of neurological diseases.
  • Oversee and facilitate ongoing drug discovery programs in the neuroscience therapeutic area.
  • Leverage state-of-the-art techniques to identify and validate new targets within the gut-brain axis with the potential to treat neurological and neuroinflammatory diseases.
  • Manage, mentor, and facilitate career development for employees in the neuroscience team.
  • Identify and manage external academic and contract research organization (CRO) collaborations that can facilitate progression of Kallyope’s neuroscience programs.
  • Manage and prioritize internal and external (CRO) resources to drive decisions and meet goals and timelines.
  • Interact with current and potential investors to present Kallyope’s vision and strategy in the neuroscience area.
  • Collaborate effectively with other functions within Kallyope such as in vivo and in vitro pharmacology, sequencing, and computational biology.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in a biological field and at least 10 years of neuroscience drug discovery experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry OR 5-10 years of demonstrable success as an independent academic neuroscientist.  Experience in neurodegenerative disease and/or neuroimmunology is preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and progressing drug discovery or basic research projects from conception/target identification to clinical testing.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems, prioritize resources, and make crisp decisions.
  • Familiarity with cutting-edge in vitro and in vivo neuroscience and pharmacology techniques such as chemogenetics, optogenetics, circuit tracing, adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated expression, behavioral phenotyping, histology/immunocytochemistry, and human genetics.
  • Experience managing external collaborations.
  • Track record of providing creative, inspirational leadership and management of Ph.D., M.S., and/or B.S. level personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative setting.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills as evidenced by a solid publication and presentation record.

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