Associate Director/Director, Biology


DISC Medicine is seeking a highly motivated and scientifically rigorous biologist to help advance drug discovery programs focusing on targets which play a role in iron homeostasis. The successful candidate will plan and execute the biology strategy for one or more drug discovery programs, inform on-target mechanism of action, and explore and validate therapeutic hypotheses in preclinical animal models. The ability to work collaboratively within the cross-functional teams, manage external research via CRO or academic collaborations, and advance programs through preclinical development milestones is a key to the success in this position. This person will report to VP, Head of Biology.


  • Provide biology leadership for drug discovery project teams.
  • Ensure efficient progression of drug discovery projects by managing the activities of multiple CROs in collaboration with Disc scientists across relevant disciplines within the organization.
  • Identify and work with contract research organizations (CROs), consultants and academic collaborators to design and execute studies to demonstrate proof of concept.
  • Design and oversee in vitro and in vivo studies to demonstrate efficacy, discover and validate pathways and biomarkers associated with mechanism of action and drug response.
  • Collaborate and contribute to multi-disciplinary drug development teams.
  • Present results to internal and external audiences including leadership team, partnership organizations and scientific conferences.


  • Ph.D. with 5+ years, or M.S. with 10+ years, of experience in the biopharmaceutical or biotech industry.
  • Demonstrated expertise in molecular cell biology and in vivo efficacy studies.
  • Domain knowledge in heart diseases, kidney diseases, hematology, inflammatory diseases, or anemia research is preferred.
  • Experience in managing CROs is required.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to facilitate and lead conversations while driving towards a collective decision.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively in cross-functional, fast-paced dynamic environment.
  • Excellent strategic and planning organization skills to manage projects to meet key deliverables.


The people at Disc Medicine are dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapies to transform the lives of patients who suffer from hematologic diseases. Disc Medicine is led by a seasoned, collaborative team of scientists and industry experts committed to innovative programs that advance the frontiers of medicine. Disc Medicine values transparency, authentic communication, and scientific rigor and promotes a company culture in which differences are celebrated and all individuals are valued.

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