Director/Senior Director, In Vivo Sciences at BlueRock Therapeutics
New York, US

BlueRock Therapeutics is developing cell products for the brain, the heart and in immunology, with an emphasis on central nervous disease and a lead program using dopaminergic neurons for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

BlueRock is recruiting a key team member, Director / Senior Director – In vivo Sciences (NYC), for the role of managing the pre-clinical animal models of its programs. In addition, this position will design and execute IND-enabling studies with CROs for several of BlueRock’s programs. This position will report to the VP CNS Biology and manage and grow a team of scientists with various responsibilities and programs in CNS biology, immunology and heart disease, anticipating a leadership role in designing and executing pivotal GLP studies. This is an outstanding opportunity for a talented scientist to contribute to bringing a new class of medicines to patients and gain valuable career experience in translational medicine.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

Manage BlueRock’s in vivo science team

Identify suitable animal models for BlueRock’s neurology, cardiac and immunology research

Identify GLP CROs and manage those relationships from start to finish

Work with BlueRock’s regulatory affairs group to perform IND-enabling studies with CRO

Provide strategic input into CNS research direction by interaction with the Executive and other Management teams

External facing role for the company in the areas of animal models, preclinical proof of concept, and externally at global conferences

Contribute to building a culture that embraces scientific excellence, integrity, urgency, partnerships with key stakeholders and continuous learning/improvements.

Perform additional duties to support the safe and efficient operation of the laboratory, and other duties as assigned.

Budget management responsibilities

Extensive experience with various animal models, stem cell biology, cellular therapies

Proven ability to identify suitable animal models and advance innovative concepts to preclinical PoC

Experienced in in vivo rodent animal surgery

Experienced in histology, immunocytochemistry, animal behavior and tissue processing

Responsible for IACUC compliance as well as compliance with other site-specific regulations

Motivated to build a culture of innovation with aspirations to develop products that will change the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society

Excellent problem solver and time management skills.

Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Comfortable in a fast-paced start-up environment with minimum direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.

Develops and maintains cross-functional working relationships and partnerships


M.D./ Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline

An established international reputation and recognition for work done within the stem cell community is preferred

At least 6 years of experience in biotech or industry and experience in building and managing a research team

Experience in hiring, supervising, developing and evaluating employees in a matrix or distributed environment

Proven ability to lead teams by example and promote company culture

Experience in strategic planning, project leadership, laboratory and budget management