About Alltrna

Alltrna is the world’s first tRNA platform company to decipher tRNA biology and pioneer tRNA therapeutics to treat thousands of diseases. Alltrna unlocks tRNA biology to correct disease. The company's platform incorporates AI/ML tools to learn the tRNA language and deliver diverse programmable molecules with broad therapeutic potential. Alltrna has an unprecedented opportunity to advance a single tRNA medicine to unify treatment across a wide range of diseases with the same underlying genetic mutation. Alltrna was founded in 2018 by Flagship Pioneering. For more info, visit www.alltrna.com.

About The Role 

Come join a creative and collaborative team of scientists dedicated to leveraging emerging insights in RNA biology to develop novel classes of oligonucleotide therapeutics to treat human diseases and improve human health. In this role you will play a critical role in the pharmacology group and work closely with internal partners and external collaborators and design, develop, and apply cellular, biochemical and biophysical assays to enable identification of multiple drug candidates for human clinical studies. Please apply if you feel that you can contribute to growing our team and advancing our mission. As an early member of a privately held, well-funded, early-stage platform biotechnology company, you will contribute to the platform development, drug discovery, and translation into the clinic, while also being provided with multiple and varied opportunities for professional growth.  As a member of the Flagship Pioneering ecosystem, you will have the opportunity to engage with and leverage the knowledge of other members of the broader ecosystem.

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated scientist to lead and support a variety of preclinical activities including assay development, disease modeling, and in vitro pharmacology.  In this role, you will deliver innovative and robust assay solutions and contribute to multiple projects and activities in a nimble working environment. This position will interact with Cell & Organismal Biology, Pharmacology, Discovery and other functions across the organization as well as external partners (e.g., CROs and academic laboratories). As a senior member of the team, you will have the opportunity to serve as a project team leader or provide key technical knowledge to project teams.

Core responsibilities

  • Design and direct in vitro pharmacology strategy to deliver innovative and robust assay solutions to support various cross-functional projects and Alltrna’s platform as well as therapeutic development
  • Responsible for the planning, development, and execution of multiple cell-based assays for assessing tRNA target engagement, efficacy, and potency.
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate execution, analysis, and interpretation of robust assays to explore disease biology and mechanism of action (MOA) of Alltrna therapies
  • Ensure appropriate data analysis and interpretation to support decision making
  • Responsible for effective project management and utilization of internal and external (i.e., CRO) resources
  • Mentor, motivate and develop junior scientists and research associates

Qualifications and skills

  • PhD in pharmacology, biology, or related field of study with a minimum of 5 years in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry working on cross-functional project teams
  • Deep understanding of the drug discovery process, with a track record of defining key compound optimization metrics
  • Demonstrated in-depth expertise in molecular and cellular pharmacology with extensive hands-on experience designing, troubleshooting, and implementing functional and cell-based assays to assess efficacy and potency of nucleic acid-based compounds
  • Strong data processing and analysis skills covering single point and dose response analyses; ability to share assay data with project teams and research leadership
  • Experience in independently developing and testing scientific hypotheses based on human disease pathogenesis and drug MOA in various therapeutic areas
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to accuracy and detail, and the ability to handle multiple projects in parallel
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, capable of conveying scientific information in a concise and effective manner
  • Excellent cross-functional collaboration, and interpersonal skills
  • Prior experience training, supervising and mentoring RAs and PhD scientists

Preferred skills

  • Broad experience with creating in vitro and in vivo genetic disease models
  • Knowledge of oligonucleotide-based drug discovery and preclinical development
  • Previous experience working with human pluripotent stem cells (iPSC, ESC) is preferred

Core Values

Fast-acting/efficient. Moves quickly and proactively with a strong work ethic to produce high-quality results while fostering a positive work environment. Focuses on key priorities. Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.

Integrity. Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidences. Does what is right not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully. Follows-through on commitments. Expects a high level of personal performance and team performance.

Critical thinking. Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to proficiently understand new information and independently achieve meaningful outcomes. Able to structure and process qualitative/quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions.

Creativity & Innovation. Generates new and creative approaches to problem solving. Positive ‘can-do’ attitude. Views the toughest challenges as the greatest opportunities for personal growth and company innovation.

Teamwork. Fully engaged in facilitating personal and team success. Reaches out to peers and cooperates with the team to establish an overall collaborative work environment. Often solicits and responds well to constructive feedback. Possesses good written and oral communication skills with the ability to clearly and concisely convey ideas and opinions.

Flexibility/adaptability. Adjusts quickly to changing strategic and tactical priorities. ‘Wears multiple hats’ and is comfortable with ambiguity.

Flagship Pioneering and our ecosystem companies are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
 
Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, “FSP”) do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.

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