Principal Scientist Nucleic Acid Medicine

Evonik Corporation

Cambridge, MA

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Looking for an opportunity to lead and build a team focusing on nucleic acid solutions from scratch? Look no further! We are seeking a talented and motivated individual to join our team as the Principal Scientist Nucleic Acid Medicine. This role is located onsite at our Cambridge, MA location.


  • Spearhead the establishment and growth of the Nucleic Acid team within the facility. Drive recruitment efforts to assemble a talented team and foster a high-performance culture.
  • Provide mentorship to scientists, trainees, and interns within a matrix organizational structure.
  • Identify and evaluate emerging strategic research areas and innovative fields within the life sciences domain, with a strong emphasis on nucleic acids, lipid nanoparticles, alternative gene delivery or editing systems, tissue targeting.
  • Define project scopes based on market potential, internal capabilities, technological advancements, and potential collaborations with partner companies.
  • Conduct and oversee own experimental research as well as the work by the associated scientists.
  • Lead and document the corresponding projects with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Active participation in the Cambridge innovation ecosystem, ensuring strong connection to local key opinion leaders.
  • Development and alignment of business cases for projects
  • Technology screening and IP analyses, as well as support in the generation of IP
  • Assume responsibility for the seamless integration of developed business ventures into Evonik’s existing business lines or their continuation within Creavis, in accordance with established business plans.


  • 7-10 years total experience in R&D, preferable in an industrial environment
  • A PhD in biotechnology, biochemistry, biology or adjacent fields. At least 5 years of experience leading an R&D team, preferably in an industrial environment.
  • Creative thinker in the field of complex parenteral formulations such as microparticles, polymeric nanoparticles, lipid nanoparticles, polymeric implants, liposomes and micelles. Track record of innovating in the field, ideally reflected by a strong publication record.
  • Proven track record in successful science and project management in relevant positions, ideally in the healthcare industry
  • Proven experience in leading and developing expert teams, with a focus on developing products and people, ideally also in starting a new group.
  • Proven track record in publication and academics.

Your Application

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Please address your application to the Talent Acquisition Manager, stating your earliest possible starting date and your salary expectations.

Your Talent Acquisition Manager:

Michelle Rush [C]

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