The Director, Research and Development, will build and lead a multi-disciplinary team working across a variety of platforms and products providing technical and scientific direction and focus.  This role will be involved in developing the strategic research objectives for the company and translating these efforts into revenue-generating products and services.


  • Recruit, hire, and develop high-performing scientific staff across multiple scientific disciplines and skills

  • Lead, develop and execute strategic plans for R&D resulting in the creation of new products and services

  • Direct and manage multiple concurrent R&D projects while ensuring their success in meeting objectives and timelines

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the department through cross-department collaboration with HR, Facilities, Finance, and others

  • Develop and manage budgets and timelines

  • Manage interactions with external vendors and service providers to ensure the company receives appropriate value and fit-for-purpose products and services

  • Work with external partners, licensors, and licensees to manage collaborative research projects that span organizations

  • Interface with clients in support of products and fee-for-service research and development projects

  • Evaluate new technologies for potential adoption and/or licensing

  • Lead the scientific aspects of grant applications to government and non-profit organizations

  • Support the development of new intellectual property and patent applications

Experience and skills

  • Bacterial and mammalian cell culture

  • Nucleic acid, protein, and antibody purifications

  • Gene design, synthesis, and cloning techniques

  • Bio-analytical method development, including chromatographic based methods, mass spectrometry methods, and biophysical and chemical characterization

  • Molecular biology techniques including PCR, ELISA, blotting, electrophoretic techniques, and cell counting

  • Proven track record of creative scientific achievement through publication and/or patents

  • Ability to creatively develop solutions for simple and complex problems

  • Proven track record of leading scientific staff

  • Ability to work on cross functional teams and apply influencing skills in a matrix environment

  • Ability to make decisions promptly; comfortable with ambiguity; strategic thinker

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Education and work experience

  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in biochemistry or related scientific field

  • 5+ years of experience in biochemical research or related area

  • Track record of leading research collaborations with academia and industry

  • Experience leading teams, including direct supervision of scientific staff

About Agathos Biologics

Agathos Biologics is a biotechnology company pursuing transformational science in biomanufacturing, biologic payload delivery, and cell and gene therapy.  Discoveries in bioprocessing and genetic characterization and control have created an abundance of scientific possibilities that can help us all lead better lives.  Our mission as The Good Science Company is to create breakthrough products and services within a strong ethical and moral framework that benefits everyone. We believe in Science that Serves and have a relentless focus on serving our clients, employees, and society.

To apply for this position please email cover letter and CV/resume to


Agathos Biologics


3155 Bluestem Dr. #401
West Fargo, North Dakota 58078

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