JOB DESCRIPTION:  Associate Director, Biology


Alaya Bioscience is a startup biotech company developing novel nanotherapeutics for infectious diseases.  We are seeking an Associate Director in Biology that will support the pre-clinical development program for the investigational lead drug candidate for antibiotic resistant bacterial infections.  This candidate should have an excellent knowledge of pre-clinical drug development principles focused on infectious diseases, such as pharmacodynamics/anti-microbial mechanism of actions, PK, PK/PD relationships, and a working knowledge of toxicology in relationship to pre-clinical in vitro and animal tolerability studies. This candidate will also serve as the biology project lead on advancing early drug discovery programs and will contribute as a team member to others and provide strategic visions and recommendations to Company’s senior management team.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Lead early-stage project team for in vitro and in vivo pharmacology studies
  • Establish external CRO-supported study plans and contracts
  • Performs analysis of pharmacology data (PK/PD)
  • Develops pre-clinical pharmacology data analysis plans
  • Provides interpretation of pre-clinical pharmacology data and incorporates appropriate analyses into reports required for regulatory submissions
  • Leads study conceptualization, protocol development, and study start-up activities
  • Provides program development support with a higher level of oversight
  • Collaborates with colleagues in bioanalytic, clinical development, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, toxicology, and regulatory affairs for clinical studies
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of the requirements of the study design, conduct, analysis and report writing for regulatory submissions


  • Ph.D. in Life Sciences/Biological Science with 5+ years’ experience in the Biotechnology/ Pharmaceutical Industry, including project leadership experience
  • Biology project leadership experience
  • Able to work independently and make appropriate strategic decisions to operationalize and move the projects forward
  • Demonstrates experience with IND enabling pharmaceutics research and animal experimentation
  • Experience managing external CRO’s
  • Excellent written and oral communication, leadership and presentation skills
  • The ability to manage multiple priorities, while maintaining attention to detail is critical