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Title of the position:

Vice President of Research and Development

Reports to:

You’ll be reporting directly into the CEO and working with a dynamic, fast-paced team. With short decision lines, you’ll need to have a strong work ethic and be adaptable to having a hands-on attitude, while still be a team player. This opportunity will allow you to have a direct impact in an early-stage biotech, playing a key role in the vision and strategy, while bringing novel gene therapy drugs into development.


I’m currently working with a dynamic early-stage Swiss biotech, that has recently received a significant amount of funding to continue developing within Gene Therapy. With a specific focus on AAV Vectors, they are open to expanding the team with a scientific R&D Director / VP, who will join them on their journey in producing stable cell lines.


  • PhD preferred
  • Essential experience: AAVs / Gene Therapy / AV Viral Vectors
  • Either 7+ years of R&D experience in a Biotech or Pharma OR extensive experience in a lab working on AAVs & Cell metabolism
  • Experience in Biologics / Drug Development / Drug Discovery
  • Demonstrated leadership of multiple development projects and teams
  • Proven ability to effectively work in a dynamic start-up environment
  • Strong scientific and technical background


  • Establish the overall strategy for discovery and preclinical R&D assets
  • Carry overall responsibility for the department of budget, decision making, project and risk management and deliverability of objectives
  • Lead and accelerates the pipeline programs, while developing the translational plans and non-clinical studies to support the company’s investigational products as they advance into the clinic
  • Actively participate in initiation and evaluation of BD opportunities, ensure rigorous scientific approach upon establishment and follow up of collaborations
  • Build, motivate and lead a world-class lab that blends internal research capabilities and quality external CROs to execute on the drug discovery strategy
  • Interact with the regulatory authorities, corporate partners, and investors
  • Contribute to authorship and review process for scientific publications and presentations
  • Assist with scientific advisory board activities
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