Volastra Therapeutics, Inc. is a platform-based biotechnology company in New York City, formed from the laboratory of Dr. Lewis Cantley, along with Drs. Olivier Elemento and Samuel Bakhoum.  Volastra Therapeutics is dedicated to the discovery and development of treatments for patients at risk of, or with metastatic cancers.  The Company’s therapies will target novel pathways and apply insights gained from its scientific founders into chromosomal instability (CIN) and its clear association with the formation, progression, and maintenance of metastasis.  Utilizing an integrated multi-omics approach with high content analytics, the team at Volastra plans to identify and quickly validate novel therapies to shift the treatment paradigm in metastatic cancers.  

Volastra has raised funding from top US and European venture firms, including Vida, Polaris, Droia, and Arch.  Current funding will look to advance a lead program into the clinic, advance another program to IND-enabling studies and strengthen the platform to identify a broader pipeline of candidates. The company has a world class scientific advisory board including two Nobel Laureates as well as a highly experienced senior leadership team.  This includes the CEO, CSO and senior leaders with expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, immunology, and operations.

The company operates out of 11,000 square feet of office and state-of-the-art laboratory space in West Harlem, New York City, within easy traveling distance of Columbia, Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and all most other areas of the city and New Jersey.

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The role of Senior Scientist at Volastra will work closely with the CSO and scientific team to achieve the company’s scientific and strategic plan.  Volastra is seeking a highly motivated Senior Scientist for a project leadership and biology lab-based role. The Scientist will have responsibility for leading and executing projects as part of the scientific team to ensure the advancement of key programs in the Volastra pipeline. Our ideal candidate is an independent thinker with excellent communication skills who will provide insights towards experiment design and interpretation and is also a team player who may take on responsibilities outside his/her scope of work. The candidate should have a track-record of project leadership, consistent experimentation, experience with cell-based assays relevant to cancer biology, integrity, and tangible contributions to biopharmaceutical drug programs and/or peer-reviewed publications. The candidate should be familiar with the drug discovery process and have experience coordinating target validation, mechanistic biology, in vivo efficacy, toxicology, and PK/PD workflows. Project responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Validation of key targets using the company’s unique platform centered on CIN and metastasis
  • Interrogating the biology of CIN and metastasis to yield new mechanistic insights and identify new targets
  • Managing and coordinating teams (internal or CRO-based) to enable project progression and align with timelines and milestones
  • Designing studies to support biomarker and patient selection strategies

Required Skills

  • Cancer cell line culture and genetic engineering (lentiviral transduction, overexpression, RNAi and/or CRISPR/Cas9)
  • Cell-based phenotypic assays such as proliferation, cytotoxicity, migration or invasion
  • Data analysis and presentation through software such as Graphpad Prism, Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint
  • Experience leading projects and managing concurrent activities
  • Ability to work independently and manage timelines to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to articulate science and strategy across all levels

Preferred Skills (but not required)

  • Design and implementation of genetic or pharmacological screens
  • Confocal and/or high-content microscopy including live imaging
  • Management of CRO activities


  • PhD in a relevant field such as cell biology or cancer biology
  • 3+ years post-graduate experience in a biotech/pharmaceutical setting
  • Experience leading drug discovery programs

Volastra is a lean team of dedicated individuals working to advance therapies for patients with metastatic cancer.  As such, the Scientist will from time to time have the opportunity to work on projects and take on responsibilities that may fall outside his/her scope of work. 


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