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Drug Discovery

Project Toxicologist

With over 35 nationalities and a range of backgrounds represented in our Benevolent team, we aim to build an inclusive environment where our people can bring their authentic selves to work, be respected for who they are and the exceptional work they do. We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of society and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, age, citizenship, or any other basis. We see our diversity as an asset as we tackle challenging problems that bridge the gap between drug discovery and technology.


The Role

Determination of the potential safety risk/benefits of compounds and newly identified targets being progressed by BenevolentAI (BAI) is of paramount importance. A project toxicologist is required to provide significant support to our growing portfolio of small molecule drug discovery programs and disease deployments. The project toxicologist will work across multiple small molecule based drug discovery and disease target identification/validation programs, being responsible for identifying potential toxicology/safety risks, for developing and implementing safety/toxicology risk mitigation strategies and studies to address these risks.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with key stakeholders, e.g. small molecule drug discovery core teams, target identification leads, the discovery enabling team, project management and external CROs, to ensure that the appropriate safety strategies/studies are developed/implemented within the expected timelines for multiple projects and deployments
  • Working within multiple small molecule drug discovery projects, develop and implement safety strategies and studies to understand the potential toxicology risks associated with key BAI compounds
  • Working within multiple small molecule drug discovery projects, develop and implement risk mitigation strategies to facilitate compound progression through the pipeline or enable early safety attrition
  • Provide detailed safety risk assessments of validated targets, contributing to decision making regarding progression or not into the small molecule drug discovery portfolio.
  • Provide forward looking strategies for validated targets entering the small molecule drug discovery portfolio that will address the potential target safety risks identified in emergent compounds at the appropriate time for lead optimization and/or candidate selection milestones
  • Provide top level guidance to leadership on adverse event profiles of and tolerability to existing medications for diseases under consideration for analysis with BAI’s target identification platform
  • Provide toxicology interpretation/guidance/documentation for key internal project reviews, investor erooms, and investigator brochures (for programs that are advancing to the clinic

Additional Responsibilities
  • Identify areas for improvement in BAI technology assessment of safety risks associated with emerging targets/compounds

We are looking for someone with

  • Extensive experience of working as a project toxicologist within a pharmaceutical environment for multiple therapeutic areas from TID to compound preclinical development in small, medium or large organisations
  • Proven ability to work independently, multitasking in organising, coordinating and interpreting multiple safety studies across different projects at the same time
  • Working knowledge of preferred CROs for performing in vitro/in vivo safety studies
  • Working knowledge of appropriate data sources for target safety assessments
  • Extensive knowledge of regulatory requirements as they pertain to preclinical safety assessment of small molecules inclusive of GLP and non-GLP studies
  • A good knowledge of other aspects of drug discovery (e.g. DMPK, medicinal chemistry) as they pertain to toxicology
  • Extensive experience of safety assessment and toxicology across multiple targets classes, from early target identification right through to preclinical development in small, medium or large pharma/biotech (Essential: 3-5 years, Desirable: + 5 years)
  • A PhD in toxicology, pharmacology or a related field is desirable but not essential if significant experience of working in toxicology is indicated (+ 5 years)

We share a passion for being part of a mission that matters, and we are always looking for curious and collaborative people who share our values and want to be part of our journey.  If that sounds like a fit for you, hit the apply button and join us.

About us

BenevolentAI unites AI with human expertise to discover new and more effective medicines. Our unique computational R&D platform spans every step of the drug discovery process, powering an in-house pipeline of over 25 drug programmes. We advance our mission to reinvent drug discovery by harnessing the power of a diverse team, rich with different backgrounds, experiences, opinions and personalities.  In our offices in London and New York and research facility in Cambridge (UK), we work in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, harnessing skills across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI, machine learning, informatics, precision medicine and drug discovery.

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