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ATAI Life Sciences AG

Lead Scientist, Neurobiology (m/f/d)

· New York, New York
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Lead Scientist, Neurobiology (m/f/d)

ATAI is a Berlin, New York and London based biotech company builder with the ultimate vision to cure mental health disorders. We focus on developing solutions for people that suffer from a real unmet medical need; starting with the 320 million people who suffer from depression. We are particularly interested to revive and leverage the existing research on treatments with prior evidence for efficacy and safety in humans, such as psilocybin and ketamine, to initiate a paradigm shift.

The Lead Scientist, Neurobiology is responsible for overseeing both the strategic and operational aspects of the neuropharmacological activities for all R&D projects within ATAI and its subsidiary organizations. In addition, this position will be responsible for pharmacological and mechanistic due diligence in the context of business development activities.


  • Be a major contributor to the success of a well-positioned, well-financed, early stage biotech company
  • Become part of creating a radical new and impactful paradigm shift in drug development and patient care
  • Work on improving the lives of millions of people with a real unmet need
  • An open, results-driven and meritocratic start-up culture


  • Responsibility for design, qualification and execution of in vitro and in vivo pharmacology programs required to support research in support of early stage research, patent filings, and as part of publication strategies.
  • Support nonclinical, pharmacology / mechanistic studies including experimental design, selection of relevant species, and selection of appropriate vendors
  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary environment, both within ATAI and subsidiary organization and, as required, with external consultants and CRO teams
  • Work closely with the CSO to define research goals and execution of new research projects
  • Contribute to the production of project-related documents, budgets, presentations, patent and regulatory submissions as required


  • A BS with +20 years of experience, an MS with 10+ years of experience, or a PhD with 5+ years of experience in CNS preclinical pharmacology in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to serve as a change agent to identify needs and solutions, implement and support the building of a scientific organization as required.
  • Fluent knowledge of neuropharmacology, particularly with respect to serotonin, glutamatergic, and opioid receptor systems
  • Experience with managing preclinical and in vivo pharmacology studies with external contract research organizations is required. Expertise in behavioral animal models is desired.
  • Is a creative, analytical problem solver, who acts decisively, yet communicates the risks and benefits associated with all potential solutions so that informed business decisions can be made.
  • Able to work across multiple functions and geographies (e.g., US and non-US).
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills.
  • Effective delegation of responsibility and authority, as needed.
  • Attracted to a life sciences biotechnology environment with potential for future continued growth
  • Strong time management, interpersonal and organizational skills.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Analytical
  • Strong management skills
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Effective process and project management skills
  • Solution oriented
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task

ATAI Competencies include:

  • Decisions and Judgment: independently completing assigned tasks by gathering relevant information systematically and considering a broad range of issues or factors when making decisions.
  • Ownership and Initiative: Assumes personal ownership and accountability for business results and solutions. Organizes work based on company/department goals. Develops alternative strategies when confronted with obstacles. Plans and organizes work so that timelines are met or exceeded.
  • Communication skills: Expresses ideas and information effectively and constructively. Provides accurate and timely information to others within the department and across functional groups. Demonstrates attention to and understanding of others’ comments, questions, and views.
  • Leadership: Articulates a clear direction and demonstrates the ability to motivate and positively influence others. Effectively manages people, projects, and budgets. Clearly defines performance standards for employees and gives recognition when appropriate. Ensures employees have clear measurable goals aligned with organization’s priorities and holds people accountable for results. Addresses performance and behavior issues in a timely manner. Inspires people to excel by modeling excellence and enthusiasm. Empowers teams to solve problems and initiate improvements. Identifies organizational needs and attracts, selects and retains talent.

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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience