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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 and other neurological diseases.

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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.

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

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Vanqua Bio is a biotechnology company located in Chicago, IL focused on developing novel therapies for Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders. Leveraging a state-of-the-art technology platform and biology insights from the founding team, the company is focused on delivering disease-modifying therapeutics to patients.

We offer an excellent compensation package including competitive base salary, company ownership and comprehensive benefits. Vanqua Bio also offers the opportunity to be part of a passionate and driven biotech team in downtown Chicago, IL.

About the Position

We are seeking a highly motivated discovery scientist with a passion for the discovery of novel therapeutics to join the Vanqua team. This individual should have demonstrated experience in pharmacology – preferably neuropharmacology – and will be involved in early drug discovery efforts to profile 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.


  • Independently design, and execute high-quality in vitro experiments to evaluate novel small molecules to support Go/No Go decisions.
  • Develop new methods, technologies, and standard operating procedures to influence the direction, progression, and rapid advancement of the project.
  • Critically analyze, organize, and communicate results at internal meetings.
  • Work effectively with internal and external collaborators to advance ongoing projects.
  • Generate and communicate study reports, data packages, and related documentation.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (M.S. with 4+ years or B.S. with 8+ years of relevant pharmacology experience) in Biology, Pharmacology, or Biochemistry or related field.
  • Experience with the development and execution of cell-based assays for assessing concentration response of novel small molecules using a wide range of detection methods.
  • Deep understanding of the principles of small molecule pharmacology including common therapeutic mechanisms of action and screening techniques.
  • 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, apply to the position providing cover letter and resume via LinkedIn.

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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“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

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