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Sr Director/Vice President Of Research And Development


Olaris, Inc

Waltham, MA

Posted February 20

Job Description


Senior Director of Research & Development

Are you an experienced life-science professional who knows how to turn a cool science idea into a bona fide product impacting the lives of patients? Do terms like NMR, MS, machine learning and metabolism bring a smile to your face? Do you believe that omic technologies and analytical methods have the potential to unlock complex biological problems? Have you led teams to success? If so, we want to meet you.

The Position

Olaris is a venture-backed precision medicine company poised for rapid and significant growth. We are looking to hire a Senior Director of Research & Development. This individual will be an energetic leader with strong interpersonal skills, comfortably integrating into a senior-level, high profile role within a growing team. Responsibilities include providing direct input into R&D strategy, design and execution of that strategy, and management and mentorship of the science team. This is a hands- on position that is expected to deliver top quality research leading to the continued development of Olaris’ innovative products. The ideal candidate will have established strong relationships in academia and industry. A self-motivated, approachable, articulate team player, the Sr. Director of R&D, will have the highest level of integrity and core value system that is consistent with Olaris’ values. The Sr. Director of R&D will report directly to the CEO.

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and mentor a highly interdisciplinary team of scientists with expertise in NMR, MS, ML, metabolism, cancer and biology.

  • Ensure deliverables for both internal research and external partnerships

  • Lead the interpretation and presentation of results for publication, presentations, filings,

    and other forms of dissemination

  • Ensure scientifically appropriate data analysis, interpretation, and reporting are prepared

    and available in a timely manner

  • Develop and maintain relationships with KOLs

  • Represent Olaris as a senior spokesperson at scientific, medical, regulatory, business

    and other professional meetings

Qualifications/Experience:
  • PhD and +10 years of product development experience is required

  • Strong foundational knowledge of NMR, MS, machine learning, data analytics,

    diagnostics and metabolism

  • Significant leadership/management experience

  • Unafraid to pursue cutting edge science and innovation

  • Demonstrated excellence in successfully leading multiple projects concurrently

  • Ability to handle ambiguity and uncertainty, make appropriate prioritization decisions, and

    drive projects to completion

  • An energetic, forward thinking and creative individual who is a team player

  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills with the ability to interact effectively

    with internal and external constituencies is required.

  • Results-orientated with a bias to act and an innovative approach to address challenges

  • Partner with the CEO and executive team on the R&D strategy of the company

  • Design and oversee R&D efforts to meet Olaris standards of scientific rigor, excellence

    for ethics, as well as satisfy corporate goals leading to the approval of innovative products

About Olaris

Our mission is to fundamentally change how diseases are diagnosed and treated. With our pioneering metabolomics platform and machine learning algorithms, we collaborate with patients and healthcare providers to identify, “biomarkers of response” (BoR) that will be used to stratify patients to optimize outcomes and reduce adverse events. We get the right drug to the right patient.

Our Values:

Accountable to SCIENCE Always strive for BETTER Revolutionary IMPACT

You’re the right candidate for Olaris if:
you are passionate about the impact your work will have on the world
you are hardworking, innovative, and take pride in your work
you are excited about working at a high-energy, fast-paced, high growth startup
you are independent, self-motivated and curious
you are results-oriented
you are able to work well with colleagues from diverse scientific backgrounds
you believe in honest, transparency and will always show respect for your colleagues

Work Location

Olaris is located in the AstraZeneca BioHub in Waltham, MA.



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