The Chief Scientific Officer will oversee all scientific research funded by the Found Animals Foundation in support of the development of a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical spay/neuter method for dogs and cats. This will involve project management of any research efforts that may be directly undertaken by FAF, as well as oversight of a growing portfolio of nearly 40 approved research projects funded by Michelson Grants.
I. Project Management for Projects Undertaken by Found Animals
- Provide oversight and direction for any research projects undertaken directly by FAF, to include: developing estimates of costs and timing of potential research projects; managing relationships with relevant biotechnology companies, contract research organizations, and contract manufacturing organizations; identifying and coordinating external experts and research groups; monitoring budget and timing; and tracking progress of meeting project milestones.
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of scientific literature and patents on all topics and technologies relevant to the MPG program.
- Develop a thorough understanding of the regulatory process (US FDA) for a nonsurgical sterilant for companion animals and work with regulatory consultants to facilitate communication with and submissions to the FDA.
II. Oversight of Michelson Grant-Funded Projects Portfolio & Michelson Prize Applications
- Review letters of intent (LOIs) and grant applications for scientific merit and compliance with Michelson Prize & Grants (MPG) policies. Draft reviews, and assign LOIs and grant applications to primary and animal welfare board reviewers.
- With MPG personnel and scientific advisors, monitor grantees’ progress reporting; report grantee progress to FAF executive staff and the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), and recommend continuation or discontinuation of funding as indicated.
- Oversee receipt and processing of applications for the Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology, to include verification of data packages information, management of SAB reviews, and development of clinical testing protocols.
- Chair SAB meetings and other meetings of grantees and external experts as needed.
- Knowledge of reproductive anatomy and physiology, and/or ability to learn theriogenology.
- Knowledge of scientific method and statistical analysis.
- Experience with animal drug development, and/or experience in an animal health company or organization (human pharmaceutical drug development experience may substitute).
- Ability to communicate effectively in written documents and in oral presentations.
Communicate effectively with FAF executive leadership and staff, members of the Scientific Advisory Board, grantees, applicants for funding, and agencies responsible for pharmaceutical oversight.
- Chair meetings of the Scientific Advisory Board to include development of agendas and summarizing results; and collating and processing board input on scientific findings.
- Review scientific merit of letters of intent, grant proposals, progress reports, and prize applications in support of a single-dose nonsurgical sterilant for cats and dogs.
- Travel nationally and internationally in support of board meetings, site visits, outreach, and in bringing a successful nonsurgical sterilant through regulatory approval to market.
- Advanced professional (DVM, VMD, MD) and/or research (PhD) degree in a field such as, but not limited to, reproductive physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, virology, biomedical technology, etc.
- At least five years’ biomedical experience in bench research, clinical reproduction, development of pharmaceutical products, or a related field.
- At least five years’ experience writing biomedical technical and lay reports.
- Experience with contraceptive technologies in any species, targeted delivery of cytotoxins, gene therapy and/or bringing pharmaceutical products to market is desirable but not required.
We love pets, but they aren’t the best advocates for their own cause. Don’t worry, they’re not offended by that. They give us endless love, compassion, loyalty and cuddles. It’s our end of the bargain to give them food, shelter, protection and endless tummy rubs. That’s why it’s our mission to put pets in homes and keep them there – because all pets are meant to be with good people.
We are not your ordinary non-profit. We prefer to think of ourselves as an innovative and mission-driven social enterprise. If you can’t tell by now – we like to think outside of the box. And if you do too, we’ll probably be a great match. We are just regular people that have an extreme passion for pets and an idea to change the world for them.
PLEASE SUBMIT FOR CONSIDERATION:
- A letter of application describing skills, qualifications, and required education and experience as described in the position description.
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
- Two biomedical writing samples, each exceeding one page, single spaced (such as publications, technical reports, reviews, or similar).
- Three letters of recommendation addressing applicant’s strengths and weaknesses for the position (may be sent with application or under separate cover).
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis once they are complete with receipt of letters of recommendation.
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Noting “Chief Scientific Officer” in the subject line.