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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 and other neurological diseases.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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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.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About the Position

We are seeking a highly motivated translational scientist with a passion for the discovery of novel therapeutics to join the Vanqua team. This scientist will drive biomarker identification and development for neurodegeneration to enable the biomarker strategy at Vanqua. In particular, this individual will be focused on evaluation of biomarkers related to Parkinson disease biology using human samples and a variety of animal and cellular disease models. This individual should enjoy working with novel technologies and thrive in a small team environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Independently design and execute high-quality laboratory-based research to advance the translational strategy of the company.
  • Collaborate effectively across internal and external groups to advance ongoing projects.
  • Develop methods, technologies, and standard operating procedures to influence the progression and rapid advancement of the company biomarker programs.
  • Oversee external studies at CROs to support pre-clinical translational work.
  • Generate complete data sets to support key Go/No Go decisions on novel biomarkers and present finding to a broad company audience.
  • 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 3+ years of pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Experience with disease biomarker discovery and validation.
  • Biomarker knowledge in neurodegenerative preferred.
  • Experience with the validation and optimization of research assays for use on clinical samples including sample quality and regulatory considerations.
  • Experience with the development or assays for evaluation of novel analytes in a variety of matrices using a wide range of detection methodologies including ELISA, MSD, activity assays, and mass spec-based methodology.
  • Expertise in handling large sample sets in including computational and statistical analysis.
  • Strong organizational skills that enable multitasking and working within aggressive timelines.
  • Strong scientific writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Preferred understanding of scientific literature in the field of neurodegeneration.
  • Strong team player with the ability to build relationships across and outside the organization.

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 via LinkedIn to pinellin@vanquabio.com. For security, resumes will not be accepted directly through email.

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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 molecular mechanisms of 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 experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration.
  • 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.
  • 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, via LinkedIn (not direct to email) 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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Please beware of phishing emails posing as Vanqua Bio representatives falsely claiming to have information about jobs, interviews, offers, and related matters. You can contact Vanqua Bio at info@vanquabio.com with questions.

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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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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