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Head of Structural Biology

X4 Life Sciences
Feasterville, PA
Closing date
May 17, 2024

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Science, Life Sciences
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Job Description:

We are seeking a highly qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Head of Structural Biology. This role requires expertise in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) with a background in crystallography. The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with a balance of hands-on technical proficiency and managerial skills, capable of leading a team of 4 individuals comprising 2 PhDs and 2 MS graduates.

Key Responsibilities:
  1. Technical Leadership:
  2. Provide expert guidance and oversight in cryo-EM techniques and methodologies.
  3. Utilize crystallography expertise to support structure-based drug discovery efforts.
  4. Lead the design, execution, and analysis of structural biology experiments.
  5. Team Management:
  6. Supervise and mentor a team of 4 structural biologists, fostering a collaborative and innovative environment.
  7. Allocate resources effectively to ensure project timelines and goals are met.
  8. Conduct performance evaluations and provide professional development opportunities for team members.
  9. Project Management:
  10. Collaborate cross-functionally with research, discovery, and development teams to integrate structural biology insights into drug discovery programs.
  11. Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring timely delivery of results.
  12. Contribute to the strategic planning and execution of structural biology initiatives.
  13. Communication and Collaboration:
  14. Present findings and recommendations to internal stakeholders and external partners.
  15. Foster collaborations with academic institutions and external research organizations to advance structural biology capabilities.
  16. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry trends and emerging technologies in structural biology.

  • Ph.D. in Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, or related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of industry experience in structural biology, with a focus on cryo-EM and crystallography.
  • Proven track record of success in leading structural biology projects and managing scientific teams.
  • Strong publication record demonstrating expertise in structural biology methodologies and applications.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry preferred.

I am an experienced recruiter in the Life Sciences industry with an extensive network across the drug discovery/development community. If this role isn't for you but you are keen to explore the market, let's connect or message me at:

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