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Head of Biology
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Flagshippioneeringinc is hiring a
Head of Biology

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You could join an organization that creates, resources, and builds life sciences companies that invent breakthrough technologies in order to transform health care and sustainability?

Montai Health is a privately held, early-stage biotechnology company developing a platform for understanding and leveraging complex molecular interactions within organisms to solve global challenges in human health and sustainability. The company leverages a multidisciplinary approach that integrates tools ranging from machine learning and big data to multi-omics and high-throughput screening.

Who are we?

Montai Health was founded in Flagship Pioneering's venture creation engine has conceived and created companies such as Moderna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRNA), Rubius Therapeutics (NASDAQ: RUBY), and Editas Medicines (NASDAQ: EDIT). Since its launch in 2000, Flagship has applied its unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures, resulting in over $212 billion in aggregate value. To date, Flagship has deployed over $2.5 billion in capital toward the founding and growth of its pioneering companies alongside more than $19 billion of follow-on investments from other institutions. In 2021, Flagship Pioneering was ranked 12th globally on Fortune’s “Change the World” list, an annual ranking of companies that have made a positive social and environmental impact through activities that are part of their core business strategies.

At Montai, we nurture a bold, spirited and leading-edge culture dedicated to strengthening human health:

  • We are one team with omnidirectional trust, empowered and accountable.
  • We are strong as individuals but stronger as a team and we are committed to excellence.
  • We have a sense of urgency and persistence and we are crazily confident that we can make a difference.
  • We need to be comfortable with the uncomfortable and be rigorous and we recognize that failure is data.
  • We care for diversity in people, thought, personality, opinions, background and distinctiveness.
  • We have a sense of humor to help us manage through our strategic noise.

Job Description:

Montai is rapidly growing and seeking to add exceptional people to our multidisciplinary team. Montai is seeking to hire an experienced and motivated Head of Biology to lead a growing scientific team and be responsible for managing experimental biology research projects for the company.  We are looking for an experienced scientific leader to work closely with Montai Senior Leadership to plan and direct new programs, from initial discovery efforts, through in vivo proof of concept, and, ultimately towards the clinic.

A successful candidate will focus on proposing, validating, and uncovering novel biological insights and molecular leads aided by the Montai Health computational discovery platform. The candidate will have broad areas of biological expertise and interests as Montai Health is focusing on a number of broad scientific areas including nutrition, metabolism, immunology, infectious disease, and oncology.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Establish deep domain area expertise in early program areas such as immunology, autoimmune, and inflammation.
  • Lead and develop a team of immunologists/biologists within preclinical programs from in vitro discovery to in vivo proofs-of-concept.
  • Oversee ex vivo and in vivo research to investigate molecular interactions and translate insights into lead candidates.
  • Manage external research projects with vendors and CROs.
  • Collaborating closely with multi-disciplinary team members across the entire organization.
  • Hands-on supervision, leadership, and mentoring of research associates and junior scientists.
  • Establishing strong scientific excellence and fostering an open culture of challenging assumptions, open scientific exchange, and deep scientific rigor.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in biology, immunology, or related discipline, with 8+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or nutritional industries.
  • Demonstrated track record of expertise in immunology, evidenced through publications, patents, programs, and platform technologies.
  • Deep expertise and demonstrated leadership in immunology, cellular biology, and/or translational research with experience in selecting and developing new biology disease programs in key areas of interest.
  • Experience with developing and/or implementing mammalian in vitro and in vivo disease models.
  • Experience managing critical path activities and strategy for indications in key areas of interest.
  • Experience delivering pre-clinical data packages and IND-enabling studies.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced work environment, highly motivated, strong work ethic.
  • Strong verbal, written communication, and problem-solving skills.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Flagship Pioneering and our ecosystem companies are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, “FSP”) do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto. 

 
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