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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, GD, 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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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 expertise 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.


  • Independently initiate, design, and execute experiments in vitro and in vivo to evaluate the effects of modulating lysosomal function on cell health with the goal of improving our mechanistic understanding of the role of lysosomes in clearance of misfolded proteins
  • Perform exploratory experiments to identify new markers of lysosomal health and dysfunction that can be translated into human studies.
  • Develop new methods, in vitro assays, 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 a demonstrated emphasis and expertise in lysosomal biology.
  • 6+ years of industry experience, successfully taking small molecules from discovery through Investigational New Drug (IND) Applications preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease.
  • Experience with advanced cell culture techniques including culture and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells to neurons, microglia, or astrocytes to evaluate mechanisms of lysosomal dysfunction in 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)
  • 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.
  • Candidates will be required to work on-site in Chicago, IL.

Job title and level will be commensurate with candidates’ education and experience.

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 through LinkedIn to Nina Pinelli at For security, resumes will not be accepted directly through email.

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

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