Purpose of the position
The purpose of the position is to provide scientific leadership in the area of pain and to take over leadership and management of a team of 3 in vivo scientists, specializing in studies of pain. As a key member of the in vivo Neurology team, the role involves leading the expansion of the in vivo pharmacology internal research platform and the network of academic collaborators to provide support of internal drug discovery programs in neuroscience.
Main responsibilities and tasks
- Take over the leadership of the team specializing in pain studies. Ensure continuous growth in the team’s productivity, communication and alignment among the members of the team as well as with other members of the wider In vivo Neurology team.
- Review the current internal and external in vivo capabilities in animal models of pain, identify the gaps and develop a strategy for further growth and development of these capabilities.
- Oversee validation of novel rodent models of acute and chronic pain, ensuring their reproducibility and robustness.
- Responsibility 2
- Take-over as a technical lead in one of the CA/LI projects developing novel analgesic drugs.
- Ensure good alignment with the RPL and the other members of the project team.
- Responsibility 3
- Take over management and leadership of a network of academic, post-doctoral collaborations in the area of pain studies.
- Ensure effective communication, adherence to plans and time-lines as well as alignment and cross-fertilization across the collaborations.
- Develop and implement publication strategy in pain studies.
- Responsibility 4
- Work closely with the members of the in vivo Neurology team as well as other colleagues involved in neurotoxin research (in vitro, biomarker, NCDS, etc)
- Be responsible for organizing the agendas for team meetings, including timely scientific discussions of the results
- Ensure that the results and raw data are properly and timely recorded and documents in electronic laboratory notebooks.
Experience / Qualifications
- Ideal: PhD in Neurosciences/Pharmacology and >12 years of postdoctoral experience including effective leadership of a team of researchers in academic or industrial environment.
- Minimum: PhD in Neuroscience/Pharmacology and >8 years of postdoctoral experience including effective leadership a team of researchers in academic or industrial environment.
- Expertise in neurobiology of nociception and pain
- Experience is exploring mechanisms of pain, human disease-relevant animal models of pain and evaluation of analgesic activity of various molecules.
- Broad understanding of in vivo rodent tests and models relevant for neurological disorders
- Understanding the drug discovery and development processes in an industrial environment