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Teamwork, excellence, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

At PsychoGenics, we are excited about our mission and endeavor each day to build a company that fosters that excitement, and our employees are equally as passionate and committed. 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 person’s professional and personal development. We believe in rewarding the efforts of our employees through competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits plan. PsychoGenics is a diverse company that is committed to equal-employment principles and recognizes the value of loyal employees. We strive to reward and retain our employees and to attract and develop new talent to meet business objectives.

We are always in search for driven and passionate people to join our team. Take a look at our open roles below the gallery.

Working at PsychoGenics

Culture

PsychoGenics has created an environment that facilitates employees taking initiative, stepping up to new challenges and embracing teamwork.

Focus & Problem Solving

We strive for excellence as we know our research contributes to critical decisions that have an impact on the lives of patients and their families. Our partners and clients have access to a diverse team of talented people, with broad expertise and perspectives and the passion and perseverance to overcome scientific challenges and make a real difference.

Innovation

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do; it drives our phenotypic approach to drug discovery, offers insights from data that may otherwise be overlooked, and improves the quality and efficiency of our work.

Growth Opportunities

We provide tools, training across disciplines, and encourage and support our employees to build rewarding careers where they continue to grow, learn, strive for excellence, and embrace challenges.

Diversity

We embrace talent from all backgrounds, encourage diverse perspectives, and foster teamwork and collaboration in a climate of respect and trust.

Rewards

Our employees are our most valued asset and we strive to reflect this through offering competitive compensation and benefits, by creating a culture where every voice is heard, and where self-development, initiative and achievements are recognized and rewarded.

Open Positions

Research Associate - EEG

Overview of Position: We are looking for a highly motivated Researcher in EEG.  The successful candidate will work in a team of scientists and researchers supporting preclinical studies using rodent models. The candidate must be capable of working both across teams and independently. 

Main Responsibilities: 

The primary tasks performed on a daily basis in mice will include: 

  • test article dosing using various routes of administration (IP, SC, IV, PO)  
  • tissue collection (anatomical dissection of brain region, along with peripheral organs and muscles)  
  • data handling (graphing and analyzing data) 
  • study coordination  
  • Perform routine animal handling, care and husbandry as required to facilitate EEG experiments 
  • Perform routine animal handling including taking body weights, measuring tumor growth and dosing the mice that reach the criteria for treatment 
  • Perform tissue collections on the tumors after the study is over and take measurements 
  • Compile and analyze EEG data, including sleep-scoring, seizure detection and spectral analysis 
  • Develop clear visualizations to convey complicated data in a straightforward fashion 
  • Record and manage all procedures, data and notes in a laboratory notebook  
  • Assist team members with any projects that require assistance including surgeries, dosing and data analysis 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors degree in the biological sciences, neuroscience, or related field 
  • 1-3 years of laboratory and behavioral experience with mice 
  • Mouse handling skills and dosing experience (IP, SC, PO, etc.) 
  • Knowledge of rodent behavioral models 
  • Strong experience in Excel and data handling 
  • Able to work well in a group atmosphere, as well as independently 
  • Strong organization, multitasking and troubleshooting skills 
  • High level of commitment, excellent motivation to perform and to learn 
  • Able to comprehend and comply with all SOP and IACUC, and to follow safety and quality assurance protocols, as well as question and/or report any deviations to study protocols 
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment and to pick up new skills quickly 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with stereotaxic surgery in mice 
  • Experience with EEG testing 
  • Experience with statistics 
  • Experience with basic pharmacology and drug preparations  

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Scientist - Behavioral Pharmacology

Overview of Position: We are looking for a highly motivated Scientist in behavioral pharmacology.  The successful candidate will work in a team of scientists and researchers supporting the preclinical studies using rodent models and tests.   

  Main Responsibilities: 

  • Perform behavioral experiments and animal care especially in models of ALS, Autism Spectrum disorders, Fragile X, Rett Syndrome 
  • Review and/or write client reports 
  • Review literature, design experiments and bring new and improved procedure in the group for validations of the above models 
  • Write IACUC protocols, generate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and grants 
  • Assist in surgeries/dosing and tissue dissections for the other team members 
  • Engage with existing and potential clients/partnerships on study plan development and progress 
  • Presentations at client meetings and conferences 
  • Train and supervise subordinate(s) in several aspects of studies, including experimental preparation, model validation, experimental performance, results documentation, data analysis, basic data report, etc. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • PhD degree in neuropharmacology or relevant field 
  • Minimum 3 years hands-on experience in handling, dosing (IV, SC, IP, and PO), and testing 
  • Working knowledge disease models of interest and behavioral testing 
  • Experience design experiments, effectively document results, analyzes data, and grant/report writing 
  • Able to work well in a group atmosphere as well as independently 
  • Strong organization and troubleshooting skills 
  • Able to comprehend and comply with all SOP and IACUC, safety and quality assurance protocols 
  • Computer skills on Microsoft Office and statistical software 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience managing junior team members 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Extensive experience in animal models of ALS, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Rett Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, behavioral pharmacology 
  • Proven leadership and management ability in a research team in life sciences 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Principal Scientist / Associate Director / Director of Medicinal Chemistry

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 has established a drug discovery group to exploit their technology platforms and is seeking to hire medicinal chemists at the Principal Scientist to Director levels. The appointees will report to the Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry. 

Overview of Position:   

The successful applicant will be an accomplished medicinal chemist with a proven track record, and who can develop and lead drug discovery projects, with a focus on developing novel small-molecule therapies for CNS disorders. Applicants will be expected to have strong technical and problem-solving skills in medicinal chemistry, ideally with expertise in the use of computational drug design to aid drug discovery. Proven experience of success in delivering clinical candidates and a deep understanding of pharmacokinetic and drug metabolism, CNS biology and pharmacology, will be expected. With good interpersonal skills, the successful applicant 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 and work closely with other members of the drug discovery group to identify and develop novel pre-clinical candidates 
  • 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 
  • Strong knowledge of patents and prior experience reviewing and/or drafting of patent applications 
  • Assist in growing the newly established drug discovery group at PsychoGenics 

Qualifications: 

  • PhD in chemistry or medicinal chemistry with 5-10 years or more 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   
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple responsibilities and priorities 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team and with external partners 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Electrophysiologist

Overview of Position: 

Design, perform, and manage the communication and coordination of electrophysiological experiments for clients and internal drug discovery.  

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design and perform experiments using electrophysiology, specifically: 
  • Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from striatum and other regions as needed (rat, mouse) 
  • Hippocampal slice LTP assay  
  • Writing proposals and pricing studies 
  • Coordinate initiation of the studies with clients 
  • Discuss, interpret, and present results 
  • Analyze raw data and perform statistical analysis. 
  • Prepare reports for clients and write manuscripts  
  • Develop new electrophysiological assays 
  • Train personnel in electrophysiological and related techniques 
  • Help/collaborate with surgery and behavior groups as needed   

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, or a related scientific field 
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams 
  • 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 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Research Associate 2 / Research Associate 3 - Behavioral Pharmacology

Overview of Position: 

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 behavioral studies and/or surgeries, proper execution of experiments and preliminary data analysis. The candidate must be capable of working both across teams and independently. 

Main Responsibilities: 

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

Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelors or Masters degree in life sciences, neuroscience, or psychology  
  • 2+ years of laboratory and behavioral experience with rats and/or mice 
  • Dosing experience (IP, SC, PO, etc.) 
  • Knowledge of pain assays and/or surgical skills 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 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Full-stack .Net Software Developer – SQL Server DBA

Overview of Position:  

Member of a small data services team working together to create scalable, high quality solutions to meet the demands of fast growing highly sophisticated biotechnology business. The work environment requires multi-tasking and delivering quality work on multiple projects. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Gather requirements for, assist in the design of and implement new software initiatives 
  • Maintain and optimize existing ASP.Net and desktop applications 
  • Maintain and optimize existing Windows services 
  • Maintain and optimize existing T-SQL stored procedures and UDFs 
  • Assist in refactoring data models 
  • Provide troubleshooting and root cause analysis of problems
  • Professionally communicate your designs and implementations to the members of the team, stakeholders and end users  
  • Manage timelines to complete objective

Required Qualifications 

  • 5+ years object-oriented software development 
  • 3+ years commercial software development environment 
  • 3+ years multi-tier application design and development.  
  • High proficiency in C# (5.0 to present), Javascript/Typescript and  T-SQL programming languages 
  • 3+ years ASP.Net (WebForms and MVC), WinForms and Windows service/WCF development 
  • 1+ years configuring web applications in IIS 
  • Familiarity with .Net frameworks and versions from version 4.0 to present 
  • GUI Design experience 
  • Experience integrating native C++, Java and/or Python modules into .Net environments 
  • Understanding of database query optimization techniques 
  • Understanding of data modeling principles 
  • 3+ years configuring SQL Server 2016/19 installations including log shipping, hardware specification, data file allocation and DOP optimization 
  • 1+ years NoSQL development and implementation using REDIS, MongoDB or similar 
  • Team player attitude with excellent verbal and written communication skills
     

Preferred Qualifications 

  • LAMP stack experience 
  • Experience with DevExpress ASP.Net controls 
  • WPF experience 
  • Experience debugging Windows drivers 
  • Computer Vision/image processing experience 
  • Azure and/or AWS software and/or database development and deployment experience 
  • Click-Once deployment experience 
  • Experience with back- and front-end JS frameworks such as Node.js and Angular platforms 
  • Experience optimizing the processing of large datasets 
  • Experience integrating SQL Server and NoSQL databases 
  • Bio- and/or chem-informatics experience (i.e., genetic and/or chemical structure analysis) 
  • SVN administration experience 
  • Matlab and/or R experience 
  • Understanding of or experience with machine learning (SVM, CNN, RNN, etc.) principles and toolsets 
  • Electrical engineering/hardware design experience 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Desktop Support Specialist - Junior IT Systems Administrator

Overview of Position: 

Provide 1st level support alongside an IT Team supporting a fast-growing, highly sophisticated biotechnology business located in Paramus, NJ. This position requires attention to detail, adaptability, creative problem-solving, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a willingness to work flexible schedules, including early mornings, evenings and occasional weekends. 

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Assist with administration of various internal & external IT systems, including…. 
    • Active Directory/AzureAD, DHCP, DNS, Printing, etc 
    • Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/2019 
    • Microsoft 365 
    • Collaboration Tools: Teams/O365/WebEx/Zoom 
  • Administrate and manage network infrastructure 
  • Script/Automate administrative tasks 
  • Manage IT Ticket workflow according to company policies 
  • Communicate with end users to understand, identify, document and resolve problems 
  • Install, transport and configure computers and related hardware 
  • Onboarding/Offboarding of PGI employees with IT working equipment 
  • Ensure adherence to IT infrastructure standards, policies and procedures  
  • Generate documentation, SOPs and user/project guidelines for end users and IT staff 
  • Provide end user support via phone, email and remote control 
  • Perform simple repairs to computers and related equipment 
  • Provide mobile device support for corporate smartphones 
  • Monitor & administer backup processes 
  • Other IT related duties assigned from time to time 

Required Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of Windows OSes (Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/2019) 
  • Experience administering Linux systems (Ubuntu Desktop/Server) 
  • Extensive knowledge of Active Directory/Azure AD 
  • PowerShell proficiency 
  • Knowledge of virtualization technologies, specifically Hyper-V and VMWare 
  • Extensive knowledge of TCP/IP networking principles 
  • Basic knowledge of firewall systems and security systems 
  • Knowledge of Android & IOS operating systems 
  • Microsoft Office365 knowledge 
  • Experience troubleshooting drivers and both familiar and unfamiliar software applications 
  • Experience operating and maintaining network printers and network components such as video-conferencing systems based on WebEx or MS Teams 

Required Attributes:

  • Comfortable administering complex environments 
  • Outgoing personality 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Quality/security-focused  
  • Pragmatic and solution-orientated 
  • Excellent documentation and writing skills 
  • Ability to function as a team player and as well as work independently 
  • Fantastic trouble-shooter 
  • Desire to learn 
  • Cool under pressure 

Minimum Experience:

  • 2+ years in administration of Microsoft Active Directory and Azure AD environments 
  • 2+ years in desktop support 
  • 2+ years in Windows 10 or Microsoft client administration 
  • 2+ years in design and administration of networks 
  • 1+ years in administration of firewalls 
  • 1+ years in administration of Linux systems 

Preferred Certifications:

  • MCSA 
  • CCENT 
  • CCNA 
  • LPIC 
  • A+ 
  • Network+ 
  • Security+ ITIL 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Deep Learning Engineer

Overview of Position:

PsychoGenics is seeking an exceptional Deep Learning Engineer with extraordinary record of academic and professional achievements to join our interdisciplinary team of biologists and computer scientists, to expand the group’s efforts applying machine learning to drug discovery, building models using biological data and develop novel platforms using AI. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in developing deep learning techniques, as well as strong Python/MATLAB programming skills. Relevant areas of experience include deep neural networks, convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, deep reinforcement learning, deep belief nets, Boltzmann machines, graphs, and transfer learning.  

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop state-of-the-art and novel deep neural network architectures using various types of data modalities such as high throughput behavior data, images, and EEG data.  
  • Develop training & testing pipelines to assess the performance of architectures on relevant data processing tasks 
  • Keep up with deep learning literature and research publications to implement the latest techniques into our networks and pipelines Develop machine-learning algorithms on a breadth of software frameworks (Keras, TensorFlow, Torch) and deploy on a diversity of hardware platforms 
  • Provide data analysis support to other divisions in the company 
  • Present scientific and technical data reports 

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD in Computer Science, Data Sciences, or related fields with at least 8 years of experience for masters and 4 years for PhD in machine learning and data analysis 
  • Fluency in high-level programming and scripting languages (R, MATLAB, Python) 
  • Extensive hands-on experience with one or more popular Deep Learning frameworks: TensorFlow, Keras, Caffe, Torch 
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Ability to present data to a multidisciplinary audience in a clear and cohesive manner 
  • Excellent teamwork, time management and organizational skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Computational biology or Bioinformatics 
  • PhD in Computer Science, Data Sciences, or related fields 
  • Experience developing software in a team environment 
  • Experience programming against GPUs via CUDA or the like 
  • Published research in peer-reviewed journal 
  • Understanding of Applied Statistical Methods 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Senior Research Associate, Surgery / Behavioral Pharmacology

Overview of Position:

We are looking for a highly motivated Senior Research Associate in behavioral neuroscience.  The successful candidate will work in a team of scientists and researchers supporting preclinical studies using rodent models and tests.  The main responsibilities of the candidate will include, but are not limited to, conducting preclinical research primarily in the area of pain, and other behavioral assays as needed. The candidate will be responsible for surgeries and/or behavioral studies, 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, including pain-related endpoints (e.g., von Frey filaments, dynamic weight bearing, guarding behavior) and behavioral testing (e.g., rotarod, Irwin observation) 
  •  Execution of rodent surgeries in relevant studies, especially established pain models (e.g., Brennan, spinal nerve ligation) 
  • Preliminary experimental data analysis and drafting of study reports 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in life sciences, neuroscience, or psychology   
  • 5+ years of laboratory and behavioral experience with rats  
  • 2 – 3 years minimum experience with extensive and relevant rat surgeries and/or with a variety of behavioral tests with rats, including pain models and their endpoints 
  • Rat dosing experience (IP, SC, PO, etc.) 
  • Able to work well in a group atmosphere as well as independently 
  • Good organizational and troubleshooting skills 
  • High level of commitment, excellent motivation to perform and learn 
  • Able to comprehend and comply with all SOP and IACUC, safety and quality assurance protocols 
  • Computer skills on Microsoft Office and graphing/statistical software

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Research Associate 3 / Sr Research Associate 1, Behavioral Pharmacology

Overview of Position: 

We are looking for a highly motivated Researcher 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 behavioral studies and/or surgeries, proper execution of experiments and preliminary data analysis. The candidate must be capable of working both across teams and independently. 

Main Responsibilities: 

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

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelors orMastersdegree in life sciences, neuroscience, or psychology 
  • Minimum 3 + years behavioral experience with rats 
  • Minimum 3 + years surgery experience with rats 
  • Dosing experience with rats (IP, SC, PO, etc.)
  • 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

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Project Manager

Overview of Position:   

An experienced life sciences Project Manager who will be responsible for supporting cross-functional efforts for contract studies at PsychoGenics.  

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, maintain, track and manage project milestones and deliverables 
  • Communicate, document and archive project team activities, risks, milestones, deliverables and decisions 
  • Work in partnership with project team members to develop and identify risks and opportunities and execute on project plan and strategy 
  • Ensure alignment within project teams 
  • Act as a primary contact for project team-related information 
  • Oversee and prepare project team budget including resources and costs, collaborating with Finance and other cross-functional departments 
  • Actively facilitate project team meetings (including the preparation of meeting agendas, minutes, and follow-up on action items), cross-functional communication and decision making, ensuring alignment with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Prepare routine and/or ad hoc project status/dashboard reports, and maintain project team data repositories 
  • Participate in implementing improvements to project management processes, tools and infrastructure to ensure ongoing efficiency across the company 
  • Present project deliverables, budget and timelines to executive management 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in a biological discipline, ideally in neuroscience or pharmacology 
  • Minimum 5 years of multi-disciplinary experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, or experience in a preclinical or contract research organization  
  • Minimum 2 years of project management experience 
  • Experience with Project Management software to manage complex project timelines and resources 
  • Strong proficiency with project management practices, tools and methodology, and proficiency in Microsoft Office  
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple responsibilities and priorities 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organization skills 
  • Demonstrated independent analytical and problem-solving abilities 
  • Ability to interact appropriately with all levels of employees and work effectively as a member of a team 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Senior Research Associate - Surgery / Neuroscience

Overview of Position:

We are looking for a highly motivated Senior Research Associate in neuroscience.  The successful candidate will work in a team of scientists and researchers supporting preclinical studies using rodent models and tests.  The main responsibilities of the candidate will include, but are not limited to, conducting preclinical research using various surgical procedures primarily in the area of pain, animal disease model, and other drug discovery assays as needed. The candidate will be responsible for surgeries, tissue collection and drug administration, proper execution of experiments, and preliminary data analysis. The candidate must be capable of working across teams and independently. 

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Execution of rodent surgeries in relevant studies, especially established pain models (e.g., Brennan, spinal nerve ligation), drug administration through various routes and multiple tissue collections (CFS, Plasma, brain, kidney etc.) 
  • Participating the development and improvement of surgical and tissue collecting procedures 
  • Preliminary experimental data analysis and drafting of study reports

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in life sciences, neuroscience, or psychology   
  • 5+ years of laboratory experience with rats and/or mice 
  • 2 – 3 years minimum experience with extensive and relevant rodent surgeries and/or with a variety of tissue collections, or in vivo pharmacology with rats and mice 
  • Stereotaxic surgery or drug injection skill is a plus 
  • Rodent dosing experience (PO, IV, IP, SC, ICV etc.) 
  • Able to work well in a group atmosphere as well as independently 
  • Good organizational and troubleshooting skills 
  • High level of commitment, excellent motivation to perform and learn 
  • Able to comprehend and comply with all SOP and IACUC, safety and quality assurance protocols 
  • Computer skills on Microsoft Office and graphing/statistical software

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.

Director / Sr. Director - Drug Discovery

Overview of Position:  

We are seeking a Director / Senior Director in the discovery group who is a highly motivated scientist to join our team and work on-site at PsychoGenics in Paramus, New Jersey. The ideal candidate will possess broad expertise in neuroscience drug discovery and neuropharmacology, and will help drive internal small molecule drug discovery programs through designing appropriate preclinical studies towards clinical proof-of-concept and support the efforts of our partners. The qualified candidate will bring extensive knowledge in behavioral neuroscience and drug development to the scientific team and will report to the CSO. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with the drug discovery group and key stakeholders to advance molecules from hit identification to preclinical candidate and eventually to clinical candidate status 
  • Design, execute and manage internal research projects 
  • Work with both internal and external research groups and manage the work of collaborators and CROs 
  • Develop new preclinical behavioral strategies to advance promising therapeutics into the clinic 
  • Develop scientific understanding and fluency of PsychoGenics SmartCube platform and work closely with the team to identify new disease/project opportunities that can be translated into new drug discovery projects. 
  • Interpret, summarize, and present research findings at internal and external scientific meetings 
  • Present project deliverables, budget, and timelines to executive management 

Educational and Experience Requirements: 

  • PhD degree in a biological discipline, ideally in neuroscience or pharmacology 
  • Minimum 10 years of multi-disciplinary experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry with knowledge of cross-functional drug discovery in CNS indications 
  • Experience in taking a program from concept to the clinic 
  • Deep understanding of classical pharmacological principles and the drug discovery process 
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented scientist with exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills 
  • Creative, open minded critical thinker 
  • Ability to critically analyze and interpret data, and effectively document and communicate results and recommend next steps 
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple responsibilities and priorities 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organization skills 
  • Ability to interact appropriately with all levels of employees and work effectively as a member of a team 

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to careers@psychogenics.com.