Toxicology Positions2016-12-07T11:23:04-07:00

Toxicology Positions

Senior Toxicologic Pathologist – Pharmaceuticals

One the leading, and long established, pharma companies in the greater Boston area has engaged us to hire an experienced Toxicologic Pathologist to join a growing Drug Safety group. The position reports to the company’s Senior Director of Drug Safety, a person who has built a strong team of pathologists and is widely recognized as a strong mentor/leader.

This person will have broad responsibilities to include acting as a pathology expert across discovery and development phase projects, acting as a project pathologist on internal non-GLP studies and interacting with external testing partners in peer and collaborative review of pathology findings. The company works across several disease areas and modalities, which will provide exposure to a variety of safety assessment challenges.

The target experience and credentials would include ACVP Board certification in Anatomic Pathology, a graduate degree and three of more years of applied toxicologic pathology experience. Experience with another drug company and/or in a contract research setting is desired.

Search assignment #1440

Ecotoxicologist – Chemical industry

A global leader in the petrochemicals and energy business has enlisted The Leyden Group to assist in the identification of an experienced environmental toxicologist.

The position, reporting to the company’s Biodiversity and Land Management Director, requires a graduate degree in Environmental Toxicology and at least three years of ecological risk assessment and applied ecotox experience. Additional experience in environmental chemistry/fate and exposure sciences is desired.

The person hired for this opportunity will be part of an internal, expert consultant group which advises on environmental compliance, potential liabilities and best practices for environmental protection. This person will act as the subject matter expert on ecological risk assessment, chemical fate and effects, emergency response and other matters in the ecotoxicology realm.

The position will be assigned to either an office in California or Texas. An excellent career path and compensation package will be offered.

Search assignment #1430

Director of Toxicology positions in pharma

There has been a significant uptick in the demand for mid-career toxicologists with pharmaceutical/biotech experience in the last few years. With strong venture capital funding for novel science companies, several firms are progressing to the point of needing a person to formulate a preclinical safety assessment plan. Most often, these companies seek a Director/Senior Director of Toxicology and/or Preclinical Development as the first such person in this capacity.

These roles always include the planning and oversight of external GLP and non-GLP testing, engagement with the FDA or peer global regulatory agencies and acting as a strategic project team member, contributing to drug development planning. Most companies look for a person who could grow a safety assessment group, as needed as the pipeline advances.

These positions generally require a PhD and at least five years of pharma experience with exposure to both discovery and development phase work. A person who can thrive in fast pace environments and collaborate well with their colleagues is another attribute that is needed.

At the present time, The Leyden Group is partnering with three such companies (two in Northern California, one in Philadelphia) that are seeking a person with this profile. All three companies are well funded and with good development partner relationships. Some flexibility for a remote work arrangement is viable, depending on one’s experience. A strong compensation and equity package is offered by all three companies.

Director of Toxicology – Food sector

Our client company is a large, US based producer of packaged food across broad categories. Within their Global Food Safety and Quality organization, the company seeks the person who will direct toxicology and related safety/risk assessment programs.

The person hired for this role will be responsible for risk assessment of impurities, contaminants, allergens, packaging materials etc. He/She will also be knowledgeable in and responsible for compliance with regulations that pertain to toxicology and food safety. This person will also represent the company’s interests on trade association panels and committees. The position reports to the company’s Senior Director of Food Safety.

My client seeks a person with a PhD in Toxicology or a related discipline and several years of experience in food, food ingredients or other consumer packaged goods. An ability to interact with a diverse range of internal and external colleagues is an important personal requirement. The position requires relocation to one of two offices, both in the Midwest and is not viable for a remote work arrangement.

Search assignment #1424

Discovery Toxicology Leader

We’ve been engaged by a promising, Boston area pharmaceutical company to find the person who will lead their discovery/investigative toxicology function. The position reports to the company’s SVP of Nonclinical Development, a well respected leader in the field.

The person hired for this role will be the company’s first safety assessment program head and thus, responsible for establishing best practices and resources in early phase toxicology and portfolio de-risking. He/She will actively participate on project teams from the earliest discovery efforts through Phase I development. The needed internal and external resources will be planned and overseen by this individual.

Important credentials include a PhD or DVM and several years of pharmaceutical industry experience with investigative/discovery approaches to nonclinical safety. An ability to design new systems and approaches and contribute to overall safety assessment strategies is important. The ideal candidate would have small molecule and RNA biology experience.

Search assignment #1421


Regulatory Toxicologist – AgroChemicals

Our client (based in Connecticut) is an emerging company which is developing specialty chemicals for agricultural uses. The leadership team and Science Advisory Board is composed of several people with a long track record in the industry.

As part of their growth, the company seeks its first toxicologist, the person who will manage safety assessment of R&D compounds in the company’s discovery and development pipeline. The person will report to the company’s VP of Operations.

They seek a PhD toxicologist with three or more years of relevant experience. While agrochemical experience is desired, scientists with other experiences will be considered. Specific experience in safety assessment study design and CRO monitoring is important.

Knowledge in the use of in-silico and computational tools for predictive safety screening is desired. Experience with regulatory requirements for human and environmental toxicology  is preferred.

The person hired for this role will manage toxicology testing and assessment programs and collaborate with his/her colleagues in the product development and regulatory approval process. The person will also develop the use of various QSAR and in-silico tools as part of the safety assessment effort.

Search assignment #1258

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