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Teamwork, Excellence, Creativity and Entrepreneurial Spirit

At PsychoGenics we value teamwork, excellence, creativity and entrepreneurial drive. We are excited about our mission and endeavor each day to build a company that fosters that excitement. We believe that our employees are our most important and valued asset and we are committed to the creation of a working environment that encourages each employee’s professional and personal development. We believe in rewarding the efforts of our employees through competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits plan.

Job Openings

Part-Time CLIA Lab Supervisor

Responsibilities:

  • Serve the laboratory on a regular part-time basis
  • Administer the technical and scientific operation of the laboratory including the reporting of findings of laboratory tests
  • Direct and supervise the technical performance of the staff
  • Be readily available for personal or telephone consultation
  • Responsible for the proper performance of all tests made in the laboratory
  • Responsible for the employment of qualified laboratory personnel and their inservice training
  • Arrange for qualified substitute director when absent
  • Supervise clinical laboratory related to SARS-CoV-2 testing
  • Participation as both “Technical” and “General” supervisor on application for purposes of PsychoGenics securing CLIA certification
  • Is present during all hours in which testing is performed
  • Reports to the Laboratory Director

Qualification:

Laboratory supervisor shall meet one of the following requirements:

  • Is a physician, or has earned a doctoral degree from an accredited institution with a major in one of the chemical, physical, or biological sciences and subsequent to graduations has at least 2 years of experience in one of the laboratory specialties in an approved clinical laboratory. NOTE: NJ Lab Director’s license is not required.
  • Holds a master's degree from an accredited institution with a major in one of the chemical, physical, or biological sciences and subsequent to graduation has at least 4 years of pertinent full-time laboratory experience of which not less than 2 years has been spent working in the designated laboratory specialty in an approved clinical laboratory.
  • Is qualified as a clinical laboratory technologist and subsequent to the date of qualifying as a clinical laboratory technologist, has at least 6 years of pertinent full-time laboratory experience of which not less than 2 years has been spent working in the designated laboratory specialty in an approved clinical laboratory.

To apply for the position please send your resume to Rebecca Buonadies



Research Associate 2/ Research Associate 3 - Behavioral Pharmacology

We are looking for a highly motivated Research Associate in behavioral neuroscience. The successful candidate will work in a team of scientists and researchers supporting the preclinical studies using rodent models and tests. The primary responsibilities of the candidate will include but are not limited to conducting preclinical research of drug abuse liability, pain, cognition, and other assays as needed. The candidate will be responsible for surgeries, proper execution of experiments and preliminary data analysis. The candidate must be capable of working across teams and independently

Main Responsibilities:

  • Execution of rodent studies in behavioral pharmacology pain assays
  • Executions of rodent surgeries in relevant studies
  • Preliminary experimental data analysis and draft of study report

Qualification:

  • A Bachelors or Masters degree in life sciences, neuroscience, or psychology
  • 2+ years of laboratory and behavioral experience with rats and/or mice
  • Experience with a variety of behavioral tests with rats and mice, including operant conditioning based experiments
  • Surgical skills and dosing experience (IP, SC, PO, etc.)
  • Knowledge of pain assays desirable
  • Able to work well in a group atmosphere as well as independently
  • Good organization and troubleshooting skills
  • High level of commitment, excellent motivation to perform and to learn
  • Able to comprehend and comply with all SOP and IACUC, safety and quality assurance protocols
  • Computer skills on Microsoft Office and statistical software

To apply for the position please send your resume to Rebecca Buonadies



Senior Financial Manager

Overview of Position:

Responsible for managing accounts payable and vendor contracts while preparing monthly specialized contract invoices and reports. Assist VP Finance with revenue/expense allocation, budgets and project analyses for corporate entities. Prepare internal reports to measure and evaluate staff capacity, productivity, efficiency, revenue recognition and costs of lab operations. Analyze client contracts profitability. Assist VP Finance with Dept. P&Ls and ad hoc requests.

Job Responsibilities:

Financials:

  • Process and manage Accounts Payable.
  • Review and process monthly AMEX expense submission through Concur.
  • Vendor Management-monitor contract terms and renewals and negotiate better deals whenever possible.
  • Assist VP Finance with A/P expense tracking, budget forecasts, Dept. P &L and other financials.
  • Prepare monthly specialized contract invoicing reports, e.g. intercompany recharge, NIH contracts, grants, and other specialized contracts.
  • Prepare monthly PGI capacity reports - entails compiling, reviewing data, analyzing, interpreting the data, identifying inefficiencies and tracking performance and contract return.
  • Assist VP Finance with designing and preparing contract profitability model.
  • Assist Sr. Director HR & Finance and VP Finance in Government contracts/grant management, RFPs, invoicing, registrations, etc.
  • Work with project managers and scientists to comply with contract reporting requirements. Review invoices and prepare monthly allocation and track forecasts. Prepare annual rate increases and attend meetings as required.
  • Assist VP Finance and Sr. Director HR & Finance with NQSO and Phantom share shareholder updates, award letters, payouts.
  • Assist Sr. Director HR & Finance with managing PGI 401k Savings Program—contributions, distributions, reconciliation, annual reporting, audit as required by ERISA.
  • Assist VP Finance with AP data and schedules for annual audit and internal audit for all entities
  • Support CEO and VP Finance with special projects e.g. R&D Tax Credit, NJ EDA Grant, Dept. Analysis, Dept. revenue tables and P&Ls for Board meetings/calls

Database:

  • Monitor and maintain data of internal database system to ensure integrity of data and reports.
  • Partner with IT programmers to continue to improve/design capacity database reports in Data Manager internal system.

Others:

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOP’s and IACUC, safety and quality assurance standards related to work area.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Accounting/Business degree and 7-10 years business experience preferably in accounting, finance and administration. Ability to prepare, interpret and analyze financial reports. Proficient in Quickbooks, MS Windows, Outlook, Word, and advanced knowledge of Excel spreadsheets/pivot tables and charts is required. Excellent organizational, time management, teamwork and interpersonal skills. Ability to plan in advance, work independently and exercise good judgment and meet deadlines. Involvement in process improvements and implementing process changes (change management). Good communication skills at all levels of management and the ability to work with colleagues across departments.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of Concur and experience with database systems including report design is essential for proficiency

To apply for the position please send your resume to Rebecca Buonadies



Vivarium Custodian

Overview of Position:

Responsible for all custodial needs of the PGI Paramus site. Monitor and assist with ordering consumable supplies as required for the vivarium operations, clean and organize stock rooms. Assist with delivering packages. Stock PPE for entire site. Sweep and mop floors in designated areas. Review, comprehend and comply with all SOPs, IACUC protocols, safety and quality assurance standards, as related to the assigned work area, assist cage wash and ACS with moving caging, sanitizing colony, surgery, and testing rooms.

Job Responsibilities:

Custodial, and Cage Assembly Duties

  • Basic sanitation and maintenance of colony rooms to include sweeping and mopping of animal quarters, rotating animal cages, racks and room supplies for cleaning according to schedule, disinfecting all areas in room.
  • Maintain accurate vivarium documentation and room logs as required.
  • Monitor room conditions including temperature, humidity, lighting, and pest control.
  • Maintain adequate supplies by monitoring levels, perform restocks as required.
  • Notifies supervisor of equipment malfunctions or problems in colony rooms.
  • Notifies supervisor of any non-compliance issues.
  • May assist with preparation of live animals or biological samples for shipping.
  • Assist in cage preparation areas as required.
  • Clean equipment following established standard operating procedures.
  • Disposes of Vivarium waste and carcasses in accordance with established protocols.
  • Performs additional cleaning or husbandry duties upon request.
  • Maintains and sanitizes equipment and machines according to established procedures.
  • Operates and maintains water filtration system.
  • Remove trash, sweep, mop, and provide general cleaning and sanitization of all Vivarium areas including floors, corridors, racks, sinks, counters, test rooms, and other areas as assigned.
  • Restocks consumable supplies as needed (paper towel, garbage bags, biohazard bags, disinfectant, and PPE).
  • Responsible for VHP and assisting with VHP.

Supportive duties:

  • Assists and helps with new projects as assigned and overseen by supervisor.
  • Perform weekly cage wash assessments following a preset guidelines/checklist and submit to the Vivarium Operations Director for review with follow up emails to staff.
  • Monitor inventory of vivarium supplies (to include but not limited to: food/bedding, PPE, disinfectants). Transport feed to different areas of the building.
  • As directed by supervisor, learn new skills and techniques to assist research groups, &/or in training other staff.
  • Performs monthly checks for expired disinfectant and other vivarium supplies.
  • Assist staff with cage wash duties as needed.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Experience in a laboratory animal setting and handling rodents is preferred.
  • Must be able to life 50lb feed/bedding bags and push/pull loaded bulk trucks.
  • Must be proficient in use of a standard computer application such as Microsoft Word & Excel.
  • Must be able to update and maintain a database and be able to clearly communicate verbally and via electronic mail.
  • Willingness and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A basic understanding of the science behind each task.

To apply for the position please send your resume to Rebecca Buonadies



Principal Scientist / Senior Principal Scientist Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Discovery

About PsychoGenics

PsychoGenics is a well-established preclinical Contract Research Organization (CRO) that provides comprehensive preclinical testing capabilities in CNS and orphan disorders. PsychoGenics has established several automated behavioral platforms, including the SmartCube® platform that provide phenotypic screening at an industrial level to support drug discovery programs. The Company is establishing a drug discovery group to exploit their technology platforms and is seeking to hire medicinal chemists at the Principal Scientist/Senior Principal Scientist level. The appointees will report to the Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry.

Overview of Position:

The successful applicants will be accomplished medicinal chemists, with a proven track record, and who can develop and lead drug discovery projects at PsychoGenics, with a focus on developing new small-molecule therapies for CNS disorders. Candidates will be expected to have strong technical and problem-solving skills in medicinal chemistry with expertise in the use of computational drug design to aid drug discovery. Proven experience of successful “hands on” chemistry in the laboratory, managing chemistry outsourcing, and a deep understanding of pharmacokinetic and drug metabolism studies, biology and pharmacology, will be expected. With good interpersonal skills, the successful applicants will take a leading role in interactions with collaborators, both within existing projects and in developing new research programs. Exceptional written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and critical thinking skills will be required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as chemistry project leader for PsychoGenics CNS projects with the goal to identify novel pre-clinical candidates
  • Through both “hands on” laboratory chemistry and the use of external vendors (CRO’s), identify hit compounds and optimize them for in vitro, in vivo and toxicological properties
  • Use computationally assisted drug design (CADD) techniques to guide lead optimization studies
  • Interact closely with key collaborators both internally and externally including biologists, pharmacologists, drug discovery and development organizations and develop and manage relationships with collaborators and partners
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research results in the form of presentations at internal drug discovery meetings and external meetings
  • Assist the VP with the management of additional PsychoGenics research programs, initiatives and projects
  • Assist in growing the newly established drug discovery group at PsychoGenics

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry or medicinal chemistry with 5-10 years or more postdoctoral experience in biotech or the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on small molecule drug discovery
  • Proven track record of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery to identify pre-clinical candidates and documented in the form of publications
  • Familiar with the use of phenotypic screening in drug discovery
  • Creative and scientifically-oriented and who continually keeps up to date with the literature to keep abreast of new methods and techniques
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team and with external partners

To apply for the position please send your resume to Rebecca Buonadies



Senior Biologist, Drug Discovery

A highly motivated biologist with extensive experience leading drug discovery and development efforts for CNS programs through close collaboration with others.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide biological strategy and strong scientific, technical, and organizational leadership to drive drug discovery and development efforts supporting selected CNS projects
  • Oversee biological study designs and execution, data analysis and report writing
  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary team of biologists and chemists to progress programs
  • Stay abreast of the latest scientific and competitive developments and apply knowledge to project strategy
  • Prepare and present hypotheses, on-going progress reports, technical reports and future planning (including contributing to budgets and business plans)
  • Contribute to building a culture that embraces scientific excellence and integrity with a sense of urgency and collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Assume project responsibilities and effectively present updates to the senior leadership team

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell biology, pharmacology or a related scientific field
  • 5+ years of experience in CNS drug discovery in a pharmaceutical and/or biotech environment
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Familiarity with the preclinical regulatory requirements for small molecule development
  • Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to succeed in a collaborative work environment

To apply for the position please send your resume to Rebecca Buonadies



Cage Wash Technician

Cage Wash (CW) Technician position in support of PsychoGenics (PGI) vivarium operations. CW tasks are performed in compliance with PGI Animal Care and Use Program Description, according to Animal Welfare regulations, AAALAC International standard, PHS OLAW Assurance, and NJS regulations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to and comply with established standard operating procedures related to assigned work area.
  • Maintain cage wash operations in meeting daily workload requirements, to include cleaning and preparing animal cages, providing caging supplies filling cage and caging supply requests, and maintaining other vivarium equipment for use and cleaning processes.
  • Operate cage wash, bottle washer, water filtration systems, autoclave, and floor scrubbing machines properly following safety guidelines.
  • Maintain and sanitize cash wash equipment and machines, cleanliness of cage wash rooms, and cleaning and sanitization of assigned vivarium areas.
  • Maintain adequate personal protective equipment, and room supplies in work area by monitoring levels, and restocking as required.
  • Assist with environmental monitoring, and pest control programs.
  • Maintain accurate work area documentation, and room logs, vivarium experimental rooms, and support areas, monitor room conditions including temperature, humidity, and lighting as required.
  • Assist in some rodent animal husbandry tasks as required, such as receive shipments of animals, receipt of food and bedding and other vivarium supplies, pack and dispose of vivarium waste, and euthanasia procedures as required.

Qualifications Include:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to regularly lift up to 50 pounds and move heavy equipment in a safe manner.
  • Ability to stand, bend, reach, or crouch while working.
  • Availability to work on weekends and holidays as required to maintain compliance in animal care, providing oversight of animals 24/7.
  • High school diploma or GED preferred, computer skills a plus.

To apply for the position please send your resume to Rebecca Buonadies







 

Career Opportunities

  • PsychoGenics
  • 215 College Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
  • Tel: (914) 406-8000
  • Fax: (914) 406-8090