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Director Bacteriology (m/f/d)

Fr. 13.05.2022
AiCuris is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, research and development of novel, resistance‐breaking antiviral and antibacterial agents for the treatment of serious and potentially life-threatening infectious diseases. Founded in 2006 as a spin‐out from Bayer Infection Research, AiCuris today manages an innovative pipeline of anti-infective agents with a team of internationally recognized scientists in Research and Development. We are one of the few European biotech companies that have brought a drug with “blockbuster” potential to the market (Prevymis® 2017/18). Ready to fight against infectious diseases? Join our team! Responsible for an established team of experienced industry and technical experts, your role will be to lead the discovery and development of innovative antibacterial drugs and the respective translational research. The role also entails taking responsibility as project champion in research programs conducted either in-house or with external collaboration partners from initiation of the program to the support of clinical trials as well as acting as the representative for preclinical pharmacology in development project teams. Director Bacteriology (m/f/d) in full time Lead the bacteriology research group comprising a team of experienced scientists and technical experts Provide translational antibacterial expertise (both strategic and operational) to support AiCuris's antibacterial research and development programs, and to expand our drug discovery pipeline Identify new drug development programs based on commercial and scientific opportunities, and ensure that existing programs are moved forward from hit-to-lead, and lead optimization stages to preclinical candidates in a timely, scientifically sound, and business-oriented manner Steer scientific projects, guide and motivate within and across teams, and manage the overall tasks and timelines Closely collaborate with other departments such as chemistry and preclinical development as well as external partners and CROs Act as antibacterial expert representing nonclinical pharmacology in internal research and development project teams Provide expert input to clinical research and business development Assess the competitor landscape as well as external projects within due diligences Represent bacteriology research at scientific conferences as well as in business or regulatory meetings PhD in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, human biology, or related fields 10+ years of experience in research in a major pharma or biotech company, or respective academic environment is mandatory; in vivo experience (FELASA-C or equivalent) and expertise in relevant infection models is a must Deep understanding of the antibacterial drug development processes as well as business aspects covering both conventional antibiotics and novel strategies (e.g., peptides and lysins), competitor landscape, medical need, and commercial opportunities Very solid knowledge of translational research with regard to antibacterial drug evaluation as well as deep understanding of pharmacology, PK/PD, and clinical microbiology Long-term experience in supervising scientific work as well as preparing scientific and regulatory documents, and presenting to different stakeholders Proven leadership experience, team-working innovatively thinking personality Very strong organizational and analytical skills, ability to efficiently evaluate, to prioritize, and to handle multiple project tasks strategically Fluent in English; German language skills would be an advantage Leading a team of experienced and dedicated experts An exciting field of activity in a promising research and development company Flexible working hours and self-determined time management Flexible combination of on-site work and mobile working Regular and targeted further training and individual development opportunities Attractive remuneration and company pension scheme A wide range of offers in terms of health and reconciling work and family life
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