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Associate Director, Cell Biology

What You’ll Do?

As a Associate Director for Cell Biology, you will serve Oerth Bio as an innovative, inquisitive, and motivated senior leader with strong problem-solving and analytical skills. You will direct and manage a team of on-site scientists designing and developing assays to assess the efficacy of PROTACs in various systems (in vitro and cell-based systems). This position requires the ability to flourish in a fast paced, fluid ag-tech and collaborative environment.

Who You Are

  • You have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology or a related discipline with at least five years of relevant experience
  • You possess 2+ years of leading, managing, and mentoring a team of scientists in a fast-paced matrix organization.
  • You are able to manage your time for self and those of group members, and balance competing priorities
  • You have a proven track record of developing in vitro assays to profile compounds for functional responses using high-throughput readouts (e.g. ELISA, quantitative/digital Western, luminescence, fluorescence assays).
  • Additional experience developing fungal or plant in vitro assays will be highly preferred.
  • You have experience using multiple assay platforms to measure target engagement, cell sensitivity in response to compounds or target modulation, such as fluorescence & luminescent plate readers, etc. Experience with automation is desirable.
  • You are able to easily collaborate with other groups within Biology and other departments to drive the development of efficacious PROTACs
  • You can design and execute an effective strategy for the development of in vitro and cell-based assays that enable a clear, reproducible assessment of PROTACs efficacy
  • You work easily with CROs and external collaborators to support project progression
  • You find it enjoyable to define and implement best practices in research and operational protocols
  • You easily communicate issues and findings on a consistent basis and make clear recommendations; transparency and knowledge sharing is expected and practiced.
  • You have an ability to lead a team, set experimental work plans and troubleshoot in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment of discovery
  • You possess experience leading a team, coordinating multiple handoffs of work in transition, communication, workflow and logistics, ensuring the standard of work remains high
  • You have experience with the ubiquitin-proteasome system, or targeted protein degradation, preferred; knowledge of and experience with PROTACs preferred; strong expertise in cell biology techniques and agricultural discovery approaches preferred
  • You are proficient with data analysis and curation and advanced skills with data analysis software (KNIME, R, Python, GraphPad Prism, Excel, etc).
  • You can speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrate group presentation skills and conduct meetings.
  • You are a motivated and organized critical thinker with solid interpersonal and business communication skills.
  • You have the ability to manage through distractions, perform with changing priorities and aggressive deadlines.

Why Oerth Bio?

Oerth Bio (pronounced "Earth"), a joint venture between Bayer and Arvinas, is a well-funded early-stage agricultural biotechnology company. The Oerth Bio team is on a mission to deliver an entirely new model for global crop chemistry, addressing one of the greatest challenges facing the world: sustainably feeding the growing global population.

Farmers and consumers urgently need new crop protection tools. Oerth Bio leverages Avinas’ PROTAC® (PROteolysis TArgeting Chimera) protein degrader technology to create innovative and sustainable agricultural products. Our proprietary Targeted Protein Degradation platform can sustainably solve major challenges facing the global food system.

Oerth Bio’s headquarters is located in vibrant downtown Durham, NC close to many shops, restaurants and public transportation. The holder of this position is not expected to travel significantly.

This position will be located in the Durham, NC headquarters and will report to the Senior Director, Biology.

Oerth Bio, LLC is proud to be an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws.

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