Vacancy: Researcher (Team leader) Cell Assay Development for OligoNova Hub

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    Jane Chappelle

    Researcher (Team Leader): Cell Assay Development for for OligoNova Hub – National Swedish Infrastructure for Therapeutic Oligonucleotides

    The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

    OligoNova Hub is a national research infrastructure that will provide academic researchers in Sweden with the support and capabilities needed to transform ideas and discoveries into new oligonucleotide therapies. OligoNova Hub is located at the University of Gothenburg Core Facilities, and is also part of the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab: Drug Discovery and Development (DDD) platform, a national resource comprising around 40 highly motivated scientists, most of whom have industrial drug discovery experience.
    The University of Gothenburg are now recruiting a motivated and engaged Researcher / Team Leader in cell assay development for therapeutic oligonucleotides for OligoNova Hub and SciLifeLab DDD. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a team of scientists to develop state-of-the-art cell-based assays, and use these assays in screening, analysis of cellular uptake and trafficking, and mechanism-of-action studies for therapeutic oligonucleotides to support our discovery projects.

    Job assignments
    As Team Leader for Cell Assay Development you will build and lead a highly performing team of 4-5 scientists delivering to drug discovery projects at OligoNova Hub. You will provide coaching, training, and development to your team of scientists by advising and challenging them. You will develop and maintain a high level of science and technology knowledge to drive the team vision and develop proposals for improved practice around therapeutic oligonucleotide screening and imaging.
    With your thorough knowledge of the drug discovery process, you will lead from the lab. You will be involved in project prioritization and communication with other parts of the OligoNova and SciLifeLab-DDD organizations. The role also includes leading and coordinating multidisciplinary projects related to drug and/or technology development, and you will work across skill groups within and outside of your own function at OligoNova Hub and the SciLifeLab DDD platform. Ultimately, you will influence strategic developments of the OligoNova Hub.

    Main Responsibilities
    Directly impact oligonucleotide drug discovery/development projects to ensure high scientific standards to meet project objectives.
    Actively contribute to projects from the lab.
    Contribute to project prioritization and project management within OligoNova Hub.
    Contribute to the strategic vision for the future development of oligonucleotides and their application to relevant disease areas.
    Actively contribute to building OligoNova Hub by identifying investment needs and leading development of laboratory capabilities.
    Participate in recruiting new projects to OligoNova Hub.
    Represent OligoNova Hub at conferences and meetings.
    Maintain/develop key cross-functional interactions within OligoNova Hub and the SciLifeLab DDD platform, as well as with external partners.
    Mentor colleagues by providing expert advice and support for data interpretation. Identify/engage with leading internal and external experts.
    Be strong team player and mentor for junior scientists.

    Must hold PhD in cell biology or a related discipline; post doctoral fellowship experience is highly meriting.
    Must be fluent in written and spoken English.

    Additional Qualifications
    Expertise on a wide range of cellular assay methods and technologies including imaging (e.g., fluorescence, luminescence, target engagement techniques, plate-based automation) is a must, particularly as applied to biological targets for screening of therapeutic oligonucleotides.
    In-depth knowledge in the area of oligonucleotides, including mechanisms driving cellular uptake and activity, is a strong merit.
    Should be familiar with recent developments in areas relevant to oligonucleotide based drug discovery, e.g. pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, safety, formulation, and screening approaches.
    Strong documented leadership capabilities with an emphasis on people management is highly meriting. Documented ability to manage complex collaborations and partnerships including leading projects is highly meriting.
    Should have excellent communication (written and verbal) and influencing skills.
    An ability to engage and collaborate across boundaries with a problem-solving attitude and delivery focus is very important.
    Solid experience in the pharmaceutical drug discovery process is meriting.

    The position is a full-time, permanent position (100%), placed at OligoNova units within the Core Facilities at the University of Gothenburg. A probationary employment period of 6 months may be applied. Start date as soon as possible.

    Appointment procedure
    Applicants will be evaluated based on submitted documents, interviews, and references. Particular emphasis will be placed on documented strengths in the development and application of cell-based assays for therapeutic oligonucleotides, management of drug discovery projects, and people management.
    For further information regarding the position
    For questions regarding the position you are welcome to contact Pär Matsson, Scientific Director, OligoNova Hub, or Elisabet Carlsohn, Head of Sambio Core Facilities,

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    How to apply
    In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
    Closing date: 2021-09-06

    Apply by submitting an electronic application in English, containing a personal letter, your complete CV, list of publications and patents, three current letters of recommendation, and a summary of previous experience in cell assay development, drug discovery and project/people management.
    The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

    Salary is determined on an individual basis.
    Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.
    In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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