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Walden Biosciences’ mission is to transform the treatment of kidney disease by reversing its progression and enabling and inspiring patients to resume their normal lives. Our focus is on developing first-in-class, highly targeted therapies for individuals living with acute kidney injury (AKI) or chronic kidney diseases (CKD). As a member of the Walden Team, you will have an opportunity to help us bring this mission to life.

As a key member of our Research and Development team, the Head of Pharmacology (Director/Senior Director) is responsible for designing, leading, analyzing internal and externally-contracted projects that advance the pharmacology function at Walden. The right candidate will also manage a team of direct reports, oversee their scientific and professional development, and guide their ongoing research. The position will report to the Chief Scientific Officer.


  •  Lead in the design, execution, interpretation, and reporting of pharmacodynamic/biomarker experiments, and in the identification of biomarkers for potential development of companion diagnostics for inclusion in clinical research studies
  •  Lead the effort in the procurement, development, and characterization of models through collaborations with academic and industry collaborators
  •  Collaborate closely with other team members for the molecular characterization of models and suitability for NCE or NBE discovery and profiling
  •  Assist with writing, reviewing, and updating SOPs for all studies
  •  Assist with Research and Development projects to optimize and validate models
  •  Establish productive working relationships with external experts


  • Ph.D. in pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, or related field and a minimum of four (4) years of relevant industry experience, with advancement to management/leadership position preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in experimental design, animal surgery, data interpretation, and statistical analysis
  • Hands-on experience with in vivo disease model development and preclinical drug testing, with a demonstrated understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Demonstrated experience working with pharmacometrics experts in the development of preclinical models
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the preclinical drug development process, and experience in compiling pharmacology and toxicology reports for IND filing
  • Demonstrated experience in animal handling, drug preparation, and drug administration
  • Experience with in vivo kidney models preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience working in a team setting, and strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Highly organized, with the ability to multi-task to meet technology development and research goals
  • The ideal candidate will be eager to learn, curious in exploring new paths for drug discovery, and bold in proposing creative experimental designs and ideas
  • The ideal candidate will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes
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