Location: US (preferably in Boston or NYC) Hybrid

As our Director of In Vivo Pharmacology, you will provide strategic vision and decisive leadership to the team to characterize the in vivo pharmacological activities of novel chemical matter and select optimal compounds for advancement for therapeutic indications in the mental health space. Every day, you will take ownership of the activities necessary to drive these programs toward critical milestones. To thrive in this job, you must have experience leading drug discovery programs during a tenure of 8 or more years in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical company environment. You have independently and successfully led in vivo pharmacology programs in support of central nervous system disorder drug discovery and have extensive project management experience. 

atai's Research Chapter focuses on the discovery of new molecules, translational research, non-clinical development, and early clinical development, bringing the saying ‘from bench to beside’ to life.

Who we are: 

atai Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for mental health disorders so that everyone, everywhere, can live a more fulfilled life. To achieve this, we are developing psychedelic and non-psychedelic compounds and cutting-edge digital therapeutic tools, and we are excited about anything that might mean a true leap forward for our patients. We operate a hybrid virtual/in-person working model, with most of the team spending 1-2 days in the office, and our hubs are located in Berlin, London, New York City, Boston and San Diego. 

What we offer: 

  • Compensation package inclusive of yearly bonus and generous stock options 
  • Annual company offsite in U.S or Europe
  • Hub visits to our offices in Berlin, Boston, London, New York City and San Diego 
  • Hybrid work model with 2-3 days in office, and home office budget 
  • Mental health wellness program, including 10 company-paid therapy sessions a year 
  • Sports Club membership (Class Pass) 
  • 100% paid medical insurance and 401(k) program
  • If the position is based in the United States the base salary is expected to be $180,000 - $235,000 depending on specific location, skills and experience. 

What you will achieve:

  • You will work alongside a talented and experienced team of researchers who are passionate about science and working toward one mission. They believe in the tremendous potential of psychedelic and novel non-psychedelic compounds to dramatically improve the treatment of mental health disorders and are focused on delivering optimized candidate molecules for clinical development as efficiently as possible 
  • You will independently and strategically plan, manage execution, and provide interpretation of in vivo pharmacology and translational research required for candidate selection, IND enablement, and clinical support across multiple programs, including studies focused on understanding efficacy, translation across species, mechanism of action, safety, and exposure  
  • You will identify and oversee qualified CROs and other external resources, and ensure robust results are delivered on time and within budget. This includes study design, protocol development, coordination of study materials, data analysis, interpretation, and presentation, as well as report review and approval  
  • You will develop and integrate timelines and budgets for in vivo pharmacology and translational research in close coordination with Medicinal Chemistry, In Vitro Pharmacology, Nonclinical Development, and other stakeholders  
  • You will identify appropriate pharmacological and translational research approaches and develop strategies for leveraging such methods across atai programs  
  • You will prepare relevant sections of patent filings, regulatory submissions (IND, CTA), etc.

Who will be successful in this role: 

Those who succeed at atai will be strongly aligned with our values:  

  • ❤️ Conscious Care: We take every action in service of our ultimate goal: to heal mental health disorders for all while caring for ourselves and our team.  
  • 🦸 Bold Entrepreneurship: We are “loosely coupled but tightly aligned” as we strive for excellence over perfection, fast and focused to accelerate innovation for patients.  
  • 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Collaborative Innovation: individuals and teams work together with good humor and no drama, valuing different perspectives and diversity of thought, background, nationality, and style.   
  • Radical Responsibility: We take full responsibility for our circumstances. We grow and learn from failures, always looking to improve.   

At atai, we value diversity of thought, background, and experience. We encourage applications from everyone everywhere – especially women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  

Research shows that members of minority groups are less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet all the requirements listed. Even if you feel that you do not meet 100% of the job criteria, we’d love to hear from you. 

You might be a great fit for another position now, or in the future. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Check out the video below to learn more about why we do what we do! 



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