Loyal is an early stage company developing drugs to help companion dogs live longer, healthier lives. We apply innovative approaches to tackling aging as a disease that can be slowed and improved with medicines. Loyal is an early stage start-up company and is well
funded by top venture capitalists and angels.
Loyal is hiring a Scientific Operations Lead (Translational Medicine). You’ll join our R&D: Veterinary Translational Medicine team to interface with our Preclinical R&D team and lead on research operations for biomarker and data analysis companion dog studies to adapt and validate aging biomarkers and endpoints and advance our canine development pipelines. The candidate will work with the broader Research and Development team to design, initiate, and oversee completion of field studies in collaboration with veterinary teams, consultants, and collaborators across academia, industry, and private practice.
Loyal is an early-stage company, which means there are no stringent hierarchies, silos or bureaucracy. While you will be ultimately responsible for executing key research projects, you will have ample opportunity to work with, learn from, and influence other sides of the
Loyal is founded and led by a first-gen, female CEO – we encourage and look forward to diverse applicants.
Education & Qualifications
B.S./B.A. in a STEM field (biology, metabolism, analytical sciences, etc)
Detailed understanding of applying biomarker assays, molecular diagnostics, and emergent technologies in a veterinary clinical research setting with ability to communicate at a high level
Adaptability, creativity and high-performer in risk-assessment and strategic thinking
Detailed eye for logistics and problem solving while being able to meet or beat rapid timelines
Willing to work and comfortable in a fast-paced startup environment with a dynamic team.
Data management experience and skillsets highly desirable
Previous experience working with or in veterinary clinical settings preferred
Prior GLP and/or GCP experience is preferred
Demonstrate scientific expertise and understanding of translational research in drug development
Your daily work will include
Selecting, screening, and maintaining strong professional relationships with clinical research vendors and contract research organizations to ensure operational success on key study outcomes
Researching and providing due diligence on available assays, tools, platforms, and facilities to carry out canine field studies
Managing and troubleshooting logistical operations for all aspects of pilot study management in companion dogs from set up, data collection, electronic data capture, report writing, and study closure
Assembling scientific study reports in collaboration with internal team and external CROs or investigators
Providing support for scientific protocol writing, data analysis, and/or scientific publications
Communicating with veterinary study teams at academic institutions and private hospitals to ensure operational success on key study outcomes
Providing technical and strategic input to support ongoing projects for key go/no-go decisions
Clearly communicating status of study operations and outlining risks, expectations and outcomes to team
While not necessary, we’d be especially excited if you have
Previous experience working with and/or managing external vendors and contract research organizations
Previous experience working with or in veterinary clinical settings highly desirable
Demonstrable interest or previous work in aging, longevity, age-related diseases, metabolism and/or cognition
Previous experience working in a small, fast-paced biotechnology company.
How You Work & Think
You are detail oriented, thrive in the minutia, responsive, and enjoy high-responsibility environments.
You are skilled in identifying and mitigating risks to data quality and study compliance.
You meet or beat rapid deadlines and you work well under pressure.
You have excellent personal organization, communication, and interpersonal skills.
You demonstrate the highest standards for scientific quality and rigor.
You can communicate scientific topics and challenges clearly and logically.
You are able to give and receive feedback constructively, you encourage your team during challenges, and celebrate wins whenever possible.
You show a high degree of compassion, curiosity, and personal drive.
Full-time (remote ok) position based in San Francisco, CA
Logistics, management and operational strategy supporting pilot veterinary clinical studies performed with companion dogs in client or kennel owned settings
Competitive salary depending on your background & company shares
Full coverage health/dental/vision
Monthly learning budget for books, self-improvement
Monthly wellness budget for gym membership and self care
The Fundamentality of Health | Good health is critical to every other human (and animal!) experience. We believe health is a fundamental right and are dedicating our lives to maximizing health and developing better medicines for the worst diseases.
Truth Seeking & Feedback Loops | Uniquely in biology, there is a predetermined truth of whether a specific drug will work or not — we just have to catch up with biology! We seek out this truth and do not shy away from inconvenient truths. This holds for personal development too: we are always searching for feedback loops and embody a perpetual growth mindset.
Morality & Empathy | We are developing medicines that may one day be given to a living animal, medicines that if designed badly could hurt that animal instead of help. This is a huge responsibility and should be respected as such. Our work needs to adhere to the strictest moral code and always integrate empathy for the patient.
Transparency | We believe full transparency in thoughts, opinions, intentions, and actions (both good ones and mistakes) is a better way to build a business and work together.
Kindness | Great business(wo)men do not need to be ruthless — you can execute excellently with kindness.