Scientist - Neurology
At Alector, we believe that neurodegeneration and dementia are in fact immune disorders and we made it our mission to empower the immune system to cure Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, ALS and other degenerative brain conditions. We are supported by leading investors in healthcare including Orbimed, Polaris, Google Ventures and count some of the most innovative pharma companies as our strategic backers.
Use your hard-earned scientific and critical thinking skills to help us achieve our exciting and important mission of saving lives by curing neurodegenerative diseases.
As the Scientist - Neuro-Immunology, you’ll help Alector discover and develop novel drugs targeting dementia and other neurological disorders. You’ll own research projects, and design and prioritize your experiments and research endeavors to make the most valuable contributions to Alector’s collective scientific understanding. in doing so you’ll apply your scientific insights to grow the company and guide its direction. You’ll be both inside and outside of the lab, strategic and hands-on, working closely with your colleagues and with external collaborators. You’ll be a critical member of the high-performing Neurology team (based in South San Francisco), and you’ll report to Tina Schwabe, Director of Neurology. As an early hire, you’ll be influential in championing and developing Alector’s culture.
During the first year, your goals will include:
- Independently leading a high-priority research project from-end-to-end, from high-level design and planning to running experiments, assessing results and identifying the critical path forward to a fast go/no-go decision within a year of project start
- Managing relationships with both academic collaborators and contract research organizations to ensure successful joint efforts
- Collaborating within and across teams, including coaching others on your areas of expertise so that they can learn from your relevant exceptional skills
- Analyzing current scientific literature to help identify new targets or new strategies for existing targets
- Supporting ongoing investigation of microglial biology, by:
o Performing immunohistochemistry and quantifying images
o Identifying and characterizing biomarkers
Second year and beyond:
If you thrive in a fast-paced, exciting, mission-driven environment where you drive growth, this is the role for you. There is no limit to how far you can go with us.
- PhD with 3+ years postdoc research in a top-tier research lab (in neurobiology, neuroscience, neuro-immunology)
- Creative and novel ways of thinking, along with exceptional critical thinking and analysis
- Collaborative mindset and clear communicator
- Experience with molecular biology, Elisa, FACS, as well as in vivo mouse genetics are a plus
- Proficiency across a variety of techniques and instruments
- Industry experience beneficial but not necessary
- Desire to be hands-on and scrappy
While we’ve focused on what to look forward to during the first year and beyond, Day One is great, too: committed and driven colleagues, mission-driven company, state-of-the-art brand-new offices in South San Francisco, competitive compensation and benefits. But these matter only if you’re excited to build and own something great, and take on these challenges.