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Principal Scientist, External Opportunities

Cellular Longevity, Inc.

Remote/Flexible | San Francisco, CA

Posted November 24

Job Description

Cellular Longevity Inc is an early-stage biotechnology company developing drugs to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. We are developing some of the first drugs specifically designed to slow aging and increase healthspan and lifespan.

Cellular Longevity is founded and led by a first-gen, female CEO – we encourage and look forward to diverse applicants. 

The Role

We are hiring a Principal Scientist, External Opportunities. You’ll work with company executives to identify external opportunities such as research collaborations, in-licensing, and government grants. You’ll work across specialties from pre-clinical drug development to finance. This role is for someone who is ambitious, scientifically rigorous, independent, and wants to prove their ability to execute if given the resources to do so. 

Your daily work may include:

  • Reading literature and keeping up to date with the latest ideas and data in the aging field.

  • Spearheading opportunistic projects, studies

  • Meeting with academic researchers and planning collaborations 

  • Reading and writing patents

  • Search and write grants; creating opportunities for grants that are not necessarily already available   

This role can grow to as much responsibility as you can execute on. For the excellent candidate, you may have the opportunity to grow a team underneath yourself over the next year. This is an especially good role for someone interested in eventually starting their own company.

Who You Are

Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a STEM field.

  • PhD or equivalent experience/context in a STEM field.

  • Preference to candidates with experience in consulting, program management, venture capital, or similar field. If you are coming straight out of academia, you should have demonstrable experience in working fast, managing timelines, leadership, and organizational excellence.

  • You do not need to have experience in business development.

How You Work & Think

  • While you will work with the CEO and VPs, this is an individual contributor role and you should be comfortable setting your own direction and working proactively.

  • Detail oriented, disciplined, naturally seek ownership and responsibility, and happy working on a mix of the fascinating and the mundane.

  • Not scared to fail or be wrong.

  • Loves to learn and excited to self-teach yourself random topics as relevant to the company and projects.

  • Process-driven – creates frameworks to tackle challenging problems.

  • Ability to meet or beat rapid deadlines and work well under pressure.

  • Concise, logical thinker who can communicate complicated topics with ease.

  • Growth mindset, value transparency, seek out feedback and iteration cycles.

  • Highest standards for scientific quality and rigor.


  • Demonstrable previous interest or work in aging, longevity, age-related diseases.


  • Currently remote. Preference to candidates who will be based in San Francisco post-pandemic.

  • $100,000 - $130,000 per year depending on your background & preferred ratio of salary to shares, with full-coverage health/dental/vision

  • Learning budget for books and self-improvement

  • We have an immediate opening but are willing to wait for the perfect candidate


Our Values:  

Health | Good health is critical to every other human (and animal!) experience. We believe health is a fundamental right and are dedicating our lives to maximizing health and developing better medicines for the worst diseases.  
Truth Seeking & Feedback Loops | Uniquely in biology, there is a predetermined truth of whether a specific drug will work or not — we just have to catch up with biology! We seek out this truth and do not shy away from inconvenient truths. This holds for personal development too: we are always searching for feedback loops and embody a perpetual growth mindset.  
Transparency | We believe full transparency in thoughts, opinions, intentions, and actions (both good ones and mistakes) is a better way to build a business and work together.  
Morality & Empathy | We are developing medicines that may one day be given to a living animal, medicines that if designed badly could hurt that animal instead of help. This is a huge responsibility and should be respected as such. Our work needs to adhere to the strictest moral code and always integrate empathy for the patient.  
Kindness | Great business(wo)men do not need to be ruthless — you can execute excellently with kindness.  
Dog gifs | We love them. 

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