Associate Director
Translational and Clinical Research, Preclinical
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San Bruno, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • Normally requires a PhD in a scientific discipline (Biology, Nutrition Science, Biomedical Sciences, Nutritional Biochemistry, Molecular Nutrition, Physiology or a human biology-related field) and minimum of 10+ years related experience; may include post-doctoral experience
  • Or MS with 13+ years experience
  • 3-5 years specific experience in nutritional or therapeutic discovery and/or translation; may include post-doctoral experience
  • Requires experience in industry successfully leading and directing the work of small teams
  • Direct experience designing in-vitro and pre-clinical studies in the context of tying biological targets to human health
  • Experience compiling, structuring, and curating molecular and biomedical data and interfacing with expert knowledge systems is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated record of generating original scientific insights related to nutrition and health and publishing articles in peer-review publications
  • Self-starting, entrepreneurial orientation a must
  • Highly collaborative and able to build strong working relationships across multiple cross-functional teams
  • Strong ability to communicate scientific data across diverse teams and integrate feedback
  • Able to work through multiple stakeholders to provide expected outcomes
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced environment
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times
  • The salary range for this position is $166,000 - $186,000
  • Compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant qualifications and work experience, academic credentials, job related skills, employment location and other factors
  • More senior candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Serve as the in-house expert for our pre-clinical framework and study designs and act as a key technical voice supporting both internal and external programs
  • Develop and lead preclinical testing workflow in collaboration with our Biology Team to ensure prioritized bioactives progress through the pipeline
  • Oversee the build-out of our preclinical research capabilities, including protocols, model systems and external partners/collaborators
  • Design in vivo safety, toxicological & ADME testing plan for lead bioactive compounds and to inform future product formulation & dosing
  • Lead our preclinical efficacy screening of plant bioactives to further establish mechanistic insights and ensure physiologically relevant phenotype(s) translate for future human clinical testing
  • Participate in a range of active research programs, interpreting results on plants, their bioactive compounds, and their potential applications to human health, and deriving insights that highlight the commercial potential of discoveries
  • Provides scientific direction and oversees workflows for a small team of scientists to solve complex business issues and technology challenges
  • Provides strategic leadership to impact the success of the TCR function and overall business outcomes
  • Interacts with senior management, leadership and external customers in significant matters, which may involve negotiation
  • Responsible for supporting recruiting and retaining top talent
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience supporting successful commercial launches of nutrition or health-related products is a plus

51-200 employees

AI bioactive discovery company
Company Overview
Brightseed is on a mission to restore human health. Brightseed’s proprietary A.I., Forager®, accelerates bioactive discovery, biological validation and ingredient formulation from years to months, rapidly revealing new connections between nature and humanity.
  • Hybrid work flexibility
  • Medical, dental, & vision
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Life insurance
  • EAP
  • 401(k) plan
  • Mental health platform
  • Employee discounts
  • Cell phone & commuter costs
  • Parental leave
Company Core Values
  • Truth-seeking
  • Trust
  • Courage
  • Humility
  • Accountability