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WHO WE ARE

Patients are at the center of Vanqua’s mission. By combining the power of our exemplary science, talented employees, and strategic collaborations, we are strongly positioned to develop new medicines that will transform the lives of patients with PD, GD, and other neurological diseases.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Join Our Team

Are you eager to be part of a team working tirelessly to discover and develop drugs for patients to live longer, better lives?

We are looking for dedicated and talented professionals who exemplify our values of Integrity, Excellence, Innovation, and Collaboration.

Open Positions

If you are interested in an open position, please select the position below and upload your resume.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About the Position

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist with a passion for the discovery of novel therapeutics to join the Vanqua team. This individual should have demonstrated experience in pharmacology and will be responsible for leading early drug discovery efforts to validate novel drug targets in neurodegeneration. This individual should enjoy working with novel technologies and thrive in a small team environment. Beyond the requirements listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the entrepreneurial attitude key to succeeding in a dynamic early-stage biotech.

Responsibilities:

  • Independently initiate, design, and execute high-quality experiments with appropriate techniques to advance the project goals and the scientific strategy of the company
  • Develop in vitro assays, technologies, and standard operating procedures to support drug discovery efforts in neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation
  • Generate complete data sets to support key Go/No Go decisions on novel drug targets
  • Critically analyze, organize and communicate results at internal and external meetings
  • Work effectively with internal and external collaborators to advance ongoing projects.
  • Stay up to date on relevant scientific literature
  • Contribute to building the external scientific reputation of the company through publications, posters, patents and/or attendance at external scientific meetings

 

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience or related field with 2+ years of postdoctoral or industry experience
  • Experience with a range of in vitro skills, e.g. mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, immunoblotting, flow cytometry and ELISA
  • Experience with the development of cell-based assays for evaluation of novel small molecules using a wide range of detection methodologies (absorbance, TR-FRET/BRET, Alpha, luminescence) to generate concentration-response curves
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and master new experimental techniques
  • Strong organizational skills that enable multitasking and working within aggressive timelines
  • Strong scientific writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong team player with the ability to build relationships across and outside the organization

Vanqua is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to pinellin@vanquabio.com.

Vanqua Bio does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies for this position. Please do not send resumes to Vanqua employees or to the company location. Vanqua is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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About the Position

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist with a passion for the discovery of novel therapeutics to join the Vanqua team. This individual should have experience in LC/MS analyses with proven ability to develop quantitative methods for evaluating lipid analytes from in vitro and in vivo models. This individual should enjoy working with novel technologies and thrive in a small team environment. Beyond the requirements listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the entrepreneurial attitude key to succeeding in a dynamic early-stage biotech.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct LC-MS / MS experiments and analyze and interpret results.
  • Develop, optimize, and validate LC-MS / MS based capabilities for quantification of cellular lipids and lipid metabolites.
  • Generate detailed SOPs for LC-MS / MS analyses
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of HPLCs and mass spectrometry equipment
  • Provide technical and scientific support to other scientists in all stages of R&D work and advise on lipidomic / mass spectrometry related questions
  • Stay up to date on relevant scientific literature
  • Contribute to building the external scientific reputation of the company through publications, posters, patents and/or attendance at external scientific meetings

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or related field with 2+ year experience in quantitative mass spectrometry-based analyses.
  • Hands-on experience with quantitative lipid analysis
  • Experience in operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of SCIEX Triple Quad Mass Spectrometer or similar scale of equipment is required.
  • Proficiency in extraction methodologies from a variety of biological matrices.
  • Previous experience in tissue/cell culture is desirable.
  • Ability to work independently on routine experiments
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and master new experimental techniques
  • Strong scientific writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong team player with the ability to build relationships across and outside the organization

Vanqua is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to pinellin@vanquabio.com.

Vanqua Bio does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies for this position. Please do not send resumes to Vanqua employees or to the company location. Vanqua is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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About the Position

We are seeking a Scientist/Senior Scientist Chemist to join our team in Chicago with the proven experience in the organic synthesis and analysis of small molecules. This individual should have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry, as well strong expertise in the development of novel methods or natural product synthesis. In applying these skills to synthesizing novel analogs, this individual will aid in the discovery of clinical candidates for unmet medical needs. This individual should enjoy working with novel technologies and thrive in a small team environment. Beyond the requirements listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the entrepreneurial attitude key to succeeding in a dynamic early-stage biotech.

Responsibilities:

  • Synthesize novel analogs for discovery research programs.
  • Independently conceive and execute medicinal chemistry research and development in support of Vanqua Bio’s programs.
  • Gain insights into the biology of each of Vanqua’s targets to enable SAR optimization
  • Consistently investigate, identify, develop, and optimize new scientific methods / techniques as needed.
  • Work cross-functionally with colleagues across the organization and external collaborators to progress projects.
  • Critically evaluate relevant scientific advances and integrate this knowledge into research programs.
  • Present research and communicate cross-functionally.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of responsibility in maintaining scientific standards, and safe laboratory practices for self and reporting staff, if any.
  • A primary author of publications, presentations, regulatory documents and/or primary inventor of patents. Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present work at scientific conferences.
  • Participate in establishing project goals, defining short and long-term scientific strategies, and contribute to the generation of project-related documents and presentations.
  • May supervise one or more direct reports and proactively engage in their development.
  • May supervise CRO resources and ensure their high productivity.
  • Keep accurate and current records of research and/or project related activities.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Position will be hired based on level of education & experience. Ph.D. /Postdoc in synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, or related field with typically 0-4+ years of pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Strong background in organic synthesis often with experience in route design and synthesis of large, complex molecules.
  • Established high proficiency across a wide range of relevant technologies synthetic, purification, and analytical techniques (i.e., flash chromatography, LC-MS, NMR).
  • Proven ability to resolve key scientific hurdles by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise.
  • A naturally collaborative and self-motivated style is necessary to work effectively in a fast-paced, highly integrated team environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safe operating practices.
  • Demonstrated high proficiency with computers and scientific software applications (i.e., Windows office, ChemDraw, Scifinder). Extensive experience in structure-based drug design would be a plus.

Vanqua is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to pinellin@vanquabio.com.

Vanqua Bio does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies for this position. Please do not send resumes to Vanqua employees or to the company location. Vanqua is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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About the Position

We are seeking a highly motivated neuroscientist with a passion for the discovery of novel therapeutics to join the Vanqua team. This individual should have demonstrated experience in lysosomal biology and its role in neurodegeneration and will be responsible for leading early drug discovery efforts to validate novel drug targets in this area. This individual should enjoy working with novel technologies and thrive in a small team environment. Beyond the requirements listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the entrepreneurial attitude key to succeeding in a dynamic early-stage biotech.

Responsibilities:

  • Independently initiate, design, and execute high-quality experiments with appropriate techniques to advance the project goals and the scientific strategy of the company
  • Develop new methods, technologies, and standard operating procedures to influence the direction, progression, and rapid advancement of the project
  • Generate complete data sets to support key Go/No Go decisions on novel drug targets
  • Critically analyze, organize, and communicate results at internal and external meetings
  • Work effectively with internal and external collaborators to advance ongoing projects.
  • Stay up to date on relevant scientific literature
  • Contribute to building the external scientific reputation of the company through publications, posters, patents and/or attendance at external scientific meetings

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, or related field with 2+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Experience with advanced cell culture techniques including culture and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells to neurons, microglia, or astrocytes to evaluate mechanisms of neurodegeneration
  • Experience with the development of cell-based assays for evaluation of novel small molecules using a wide range of detection methodologies (absorbance, TR-FRET/BRET, Alpha, luminescence) to generate concentration-response curves
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease.
  • Skilled in routine laboratory techniques including qPCR, western blotting, and ELISA
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and master new experimental techniques
  • Strong organizational skills that enable multitasking and working within aggressive timelines
  • Strong scientific writing and verbal communication skills
  • Deep understanding of scientific literature in the field of neurodegeneration
  • Strong team player with the ability to build relationships across and outside the organization

Vanqua is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to pinellin@vanquabio.com.

Vanqua Bio does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies for this position. Please do not send resumes to Vanqua employees or to the company location. Vanqua is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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About the Position

We are seeking a Biology Research Associate with proven experience in mammalian cell culture and experience running analytical techniques such as qPCR and ELISA. This candidate will apply their skills in support of colleagues and projects focused on the discovery of novel therapeutics. An ideal candidate is someone who is flexible and excited to be a part of a collaborative, fast-paced biotechnology company committed to improving the lives of patients.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct analytical and biochemical experiments using established protocols, including: qPCR, ELISA, screening assays, cell lysis and fractionation, protein quantification, western blotting, cloning, etc.
  • Perform routine cell culture including feeding, passaging, plating and treatment of mammalian cells to advance company pipelines
  • Assist with experiments as needed to investigate a specific question or problem in collaboration with supervisor
  • Provide support to maximize efficiency of biology/chemistry team by maintaining lab inventory and replenishing reagents in common areas, as needed
  • Maintain and organize stocks of cryopreserved cells for experimentation/screening
  • Maintain accurate scientific records by analyzing and uploading data to a central database

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • BS/MS in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related field
  • Minimum of 2 years of laboratory research experience
  • Demonstrated experience with common analytical and biochemical techniques (i.e. qPCR, ELISA, western blotting, cloning)
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture is required
  • Familiarity with safe and efficient laboratory practices
  • General proficiency with computers and scientific software applications
  • Eager to be part of an organization discovering and developing drugs for patients with severe illnesses to live longer, better lives

Vanqua is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to pinellin@vanquabio.com.

Vanqua Bio does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies for this position. Please do not send resumes to Vanqua employees or to the company location. Vanqua is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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Recruiters: Vanqua Bio does not accept resumes from recruitment agencies for our positions. Please do not send resumes to Vanqua Bio employees or to the company location. Vanqua Bio is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

“As a boy, I saw the crippling effects of Parkinson’s disease on my uncle John. As the disease progressed, my tender, outgoing, and physically strong uncle regressed to a withdrawn, disconnected and physically disabled shadow of his former self. Equally tragic to the disease was the extreme burden of care placed upon my aunt Naomi. Every part of her life – emotional, physical, financial – suffered as the disease slowly, yet relentlessly, took her husband from her.

In the decades since John’s passing, the science of lysosomal biology and the innate immune system have progressed so that we can both understand and address the underlying pathology of Parkinson’s and related neurodegenerative diseases.

Now is the time: I am privileged to lead the science of Vanqua Bio, establish scientific alliances, and come alongside of advocacy groups so that we can discover and develop novel therapies. Together, we will alleviate the suffering of patients, lessen the monumental burden of care, and increase longevity for all.”

– Kevin Hunt, CSO

What We Offer

We offer a comprehensive compensation package including competitive base salary, company ownership and benefits. Our benefits plan includes medical, dental, vision, 401(k), life insurance, short-term and long-term disability and many other voluntary supplemental options.

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