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Associate Scientist/Scientist – Protein Science

Position Description

Juvena Therapeutics is seeking a highly motivated protein scientist to join us as our new Scientist of Protein Science, who will be an integral part of our drug discovery platform expansion to include new Juvena Therapeutics is seeking a highly motivated scientist to join our growing Protein Science group, who will be an integral part of our drug discovery platform expansion to include new molecular scaffolds such as antibodies and other biologics. We are searching for an individual who is excited to work as a scientist in an intimate and small team focused on the discovery, preclinical validation, and clinical translation of novel protein therapeutics for chronic and rare degenerative diseases. The Protein Science team is responsible for the lead identification, selection and optimization of therapeutic drug candidates with immense impact on cell and tissue regeneration. The ideal candidate will have expertise in protein expression and purification as well as protein characterization assays. Reporting to the Director of Protein Science, the scientist will be a key part in growing our competencies and throughput in this team.

Company Summary

Juvena Therapeutics is a venture backed biotechnology startup discovering and developing disease-modifying biologics by leveraging their computationally-driven discovery platform to rapidly identify and validate secreted proteins with regenerative potential for multiple rare and chronic diseases.

At Juvena Therapeutics, we are on a mission to discover and develop biologics for rare and chronic degenerative diseases by mapping secreted proteins to unmet medical needs through a machine learning (ML)-enhanced platform. Juvena’s approach integrates proteomics, transcriptomics and imaging with phenotypic human in vitro disease model screening and extensive preclinical validation to mine the therapeutic potential of human stem cell secretomes as a rich source of new medicines that promote tissue regeneration and repair. We are advancing lead drug candidates for muscular dystrophies, atrophy, injury, and osteopathies, and establishing new programs targeting tissue-specific degenerative diseases across multiple therapeutic areas. Since our launch in mid-2018, Juvena has discovered and validated several hits for neuromuscular, skeletal, and metabolic diseases. Juvena’ preclinical programs are supported by funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Juvena is advancing a lead program for Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1, a rare autosomal dominant, progressive muscle-wasting disease.

At Juvena we embrace a diversity of backgrounds, experience and approaches that all combine to lead us to world-class scientific results in an inclusive environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and optimize upstream and downstream methods, including construct design, cell culture, protein expression, purification, and biophysical characterization
  • Support early discovery and preclinical development by providing protein and analytical expertise to advance pipeline projects
  • Optimize the activity, stability, and pharmacokinetics of identified protein candidates by protein engineering to reach a desired target product profile 
  • Present at group, company, and external meetings/conferences
  • Contribute to a dynamic and exciting culture that embraces teamwork and innovation
  • Maintain flexibility in supporting multiple discovery and preclinical projects as the company grows

Job requirements

  • PhD or MS in Biochemistry, Structure Biology or other relevant Life Science with 0-5 years of experience (or equivalent industrial experience). Title and compensation will be commensurate with experience
  • Demonstrated ability to design constructs and  express proteins in mammalian cells and bacteria
  • Extensive experience in protein purification using chromatography (e.g. affinity, IEX, SEC) by batch method and FPLC (AKTA) as well as protein analytical assays (e.g. SDS-PAGE, Western, HPLC)
  • Strong desire and initiative to understand the underlying technology and help propose new ideas and techniques to discover next-generation of protein-based therapeutics with unique functionalities
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, team player and ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with optimizing mammalian expression systems
  • Experience with protein variant structure-activity relationships
  • Familiar with one or more structural modeling programs such as Rosetta, MOE, Schrodinger, etc

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary and annual bonus and stock options
  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Paid vacation and holidays 
  • More benefits coming soon (including initiation of 401(k) matching program)

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