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Senior Scientist, Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism

La Jolla, California
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Jan 19, 2022

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Responsible for representing PDM (DMPK) in drug discovery projects and providing strategic direction to project teams from idea to new drug application (NDA).


Responsible for representing PDM in drug discovery projects and providing strategic direction to project teams from idea to NDA. Works with bioanalytical and ADME scientists to design appropriate experiments in support of project teams. Interfaces with biomarker scientists, PK/PD modelers and Research Unit partners to develop the translational pharmacology plan, pharmacokinetics predictions and dose projections for small molecule therapeutics. As PDM representative to the discovery project team, he/she will synthesize the PDM knowledge and influence the preclinical project plans and optimization of the therapeutic in a resource responsible manner. The project representative will interface with the asset development team to support the design and interpretation of ADME, drug interaction and special population PK studies, to prepare the regulatory dossier and respond to reviewer queries. The candidate will also partner with other PDM scientists to advance the ADME science and strategies for prosecuting small molecule projects.

  • PhD level education with 0-3 years (or MS/BS with 8 or more years) in a relevant field.
  • A strong record of scientific achievement and excellent communication skills as demonstrated through publications and presentations.
  • General knowledge of biochemistry, biotransformation and/or physical organic chemistry.
  • Understanding of bioanalytical sciences generally by LC-MS/MS.
  • Basic knowledge of Pharmacokinetics and drug disposition.
  • Basic understanding of ADME and in vitro drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters.

  • General understanding of drug discovery disciplines (e.g., organic/medicinal chemistry, drug metabolism & pharmacokinetics, biochemistry, and pharmacology) with a research experience in at least one area/discipline
  • Collaborative skills and effective partnering skills in a complex, multi-discipline organizational model.
  • Mechanistic modeling/simulation of pharmacokinetics (e.g. WinNonLinn or SimCYP) experience preferred.
  • Integrating PDM discipline knowledge to help guide ADME strategy decisions.
  • General understanding of PK/PD modeling and its application to advance projects.

Additional Job Information:
  • Relocation Support Available
  • Eligible for employee referral bonus

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