Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (BioTech Venture)

Permanent employee, Full-time · Berlin

What we do
Despite millenia of knowledge regarding the therapeutic potential of plants, we have explored less than 1% of the molecules found within the plant kingdom.  We are building a new biotech platform  that discovers novel bioactive compounds from nature at scale. We leverage cutting-edge approaches combining cheminformatics, computational biology, and machine learning  to explore the connection between small molecules found in plants and the human body. 

Our venture is incubated at Merantix, an AI Venture Studio which conceptualizes, builds and scales machine learning companies. Our company builder network is made up of more than 80 engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs from leading universities.
Your role
We are looking for a Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), who is driven to build an outstanding biotech venture together with a CEO and with the help of a strong technical & entrepreneurial team, and secured seed funding. You, as our CSO, will build and lead our R&D team and platform development to uncover the value of small molecules in human health.

You will be a founding team member, having a significant impact, creating the company from the ground up through your work, scientific experience and industry expertise.

What you’ll do:
  • Co-develop the scientific, research and technical vision of the venture as a part of the founding team 
  • Build and oversee a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to discover, develop and commercialize plant-based bioactive compounds that enable greater human health & well-being
  • Design & implement an integrated research strategy; build out internal capabilities aligned with the strategic goals of the organization
  • Lead partnerships with external groups to  perform & and interpret high-throughput metabolomics analysis as well as preclinical and clinical studies to validate impact on health outcomes
  • Lead research grant discovery, grant writing; co-author research papers
Your profile
What we think is essential:
  • Ph.D. in one of the following fields: Plant biology, Plant science, Molecular Biology, Natural Product Chemistry, Phytochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Plant Metabolomics, Biotechnology, Cheminformatics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computational Chemistry, or related discipline
  • A passion for leading translational research efforts that support the development of innovative therapeutic products for human health
  • Demonstrated ability of  working in teams to lead and collaborate successfully on a common vision
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, dependable, proactive, execution and solution-oriented
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English (German is a plus)

What we also like in applicants:
  • A track record of achievements & experience in the research and development of natural bioactive compounds 
  • 1-3+  years of work & leadership experience on commercial-scale R&D teams
  • Experience in statistics and machine learning applications 
What we offer
Our hierarchy is flat and communication direct, which means that we operate and learn fast, as a team. You are a great fit for our team if this describes you:
  • Long-­held interest in technology, both personally and professionally
  • Entrepreneurial and ambitious mindset: Creative, focused, and not easily discouraged,  excellent analytical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly innovative environment
  • Independent but cooperative
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills with the ability to prioritize appropriately and effectively
  • Love what you do (and own it)

In addition to a competitive salary and co-founder equity package, you can expect the following:
  • Instrumental impact on the strategy & culture of the company as a founding member 
  • Flexible working hours as we believe in ownership and trust
  • Regular team events and intensive exchange with all Merantix companies
  • Free drinks, snacks and breakfast
  • Equal rights, respect and promotion of diversity
About us
We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply, and we can help with immigration.​​​​

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