Scientific Director – AAV Viral Delivery

Scientific Director – AAV Viral Delivery

Full time @Novo Nordisk in Life Sciences
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  • Job Type Full-time
  • Industry Life Science

Job Description

Novo Nordisk is seeking a highly motivated Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) scientist to act as our Scientific Director to strengthen our viral delivery team and contribute to and support our gene therapy pipeline.


The Position

The Scientific Director in Viral Delivery (VD) department is a senior scientific role within RNA and Gene Therapies function at Novo Nordisk, focusing on the further development of AAV technology to advance our research in nucleic acid therapeutics.


This role requires an exceptional scientific thought leader with experience in research support of AAV gene therapy pipelines. Leveraging the capabilities of the Viral Delivery team, the successful candidate will define and establish a research mission to address key issues associated with AAV gene delivery efficiency, capacity, and tissue specificity.


The Scientific Director will collaborate across Novo Nordisk to facilitate the implementation of newly developed technologies in multiple rAAV-based programs.

Driving focus on deploying custom-designed research process framework to support state-of-the-art applications of adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors as delivery agents of nucleic acid products.


As a Scientific Director you will:

  • Provide a deep and rigorous understanding of AAV therapies’ technical and scientific nature, including current limitations and potential for future advancements.
  • Design and deliver decision-making frameworks with methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, innovation activities and oversee team’s deliverables and timelines.
  • Work across functional areas on projects, including initiating/attending sub-team meetings and organising ad hoc working groups to advance pipeline development and provide technical guidance for production activities.
  • Plan experimental programs to include design, logistics, resource allocation, schedules, identified critical support needs.
    Effectively communicate ideas, project goals and results to team members across functional roles/areas.
  • Proactively identify internal and external business opportunities and develop solutions and best practices in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment


General Qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline of Biological Sciences (e.g., virology, molecular genetics, immunology, biochemistry)
  • Minimum of 10 years of post-doctoral academic or pharma/biotech industrial research experience and at least 3 years of relevant experience in the development of AAV gene therapy.
  • A strong background in Virology and protein Biochemistry with experience in the production and purification of AAV vectors.
  • Experience in managing cross-functional project teams and working in a semi-virtual environment, using leadership skills to engage and inspire and ensure project success.
  • Proficient at crafting and communicating a clear vision among team members, effectively aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organisational goals.
  • Strong analytical skills, critical reasoning, and scientific rigour.


As a person, you are:

You are motivated to explore new ideas and methods in order to drive innovation for the benefit of our patients. Comfortable taking initiatives, problem-solving tasks and influencing strategies. Strong communicator internally and externally. Thriving in a changing and dynamic work environment with a team player mentality. You can cultivate a high-achieving organisation; as a mentor, teacher, and coach, you can attract, develop, inspire, and help retain key talent.


About the department:

Viral Delivery is a newly established department with a clear purpose of enabling future RNA and gene therapies applications. The department is a part of the RNA and Gene Therapies area which belong to the Global Research Technologies area at Novo Nordisk. We are developing curative and disease-modifying therapies for individuals living with serious chronic conditions, spearheaded via co-creational innovation with external partners. Treatment of disease mechanisms operating inside cells, including gene expression is enabled by emerging intracellular drug modalities. Using state of the art technologies, we are building genome editing and RNA capabilities and establishing viral and non-viral drug delivery platforms, to enable the disease-specific design of impactful drugs.


Working at Novo Nordisk:

We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energise us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here – to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.



For further information, please contact Dinko Relkovic (+45 30 75 58 84).



16th November 2021.

Applications are assessed on a continuous basis, which is why we encourage you to send your application as soon as possible.

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