Project lead for next-gen drug discovery

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Salario: No especificado
Unos días en casa
Experiencia: > 4 años
Competencias y conocimientos
Gestión de proyectos


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About Aqemia

Aqemia is a next-gen pharmatech company generating one of the world's fastest-growing drug discovery pipeline.

Our mission is to design fast innovative drug candidates for dozens of critical diseases.

Our differentiation lies in our unique quantum and statistical mechanics algorithms fueling a generative artificial intelligence to design novel drug candidates. The disruptive speed and accuracy of our technological platform enables us to scale drug discovery projects just like tech projects. Our endeavors are further underscored by prestigious partnerships with industry leaders, including prominent pharmaceutical companies, FrenchTech ecosystem, and esteemed investment funds.

About the team you’ll join

Within Aqemia’s drug discovery portfolio team, Project leads play a critical role at Aqemia as they drive our drug discovery projects.

Objective of such projects is to invent therapeutic molecules (hits / leads) against a given target protein and related disease, leveraging our unique technology combining new Physics and Machine Learning algorithms. Projects can be in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies to invent molecules for their targets, or within Aqemia internal project portfolio.

A project is run by a core team - ie a drug hunter, a project leader, plus part of a Chemist and Biologist - and relies on the technology and ways of working developed by Aqemia platform.

Projects typically last several months and a Project Leader can manage up to 2-3 projects at a time.

Your role as a project lead at Aqemia

  • Be the owner of project objectives and progress towards those objectives, including potential recommendation to stop the project if the progress is not good enough.
  • Clarify initial objectives, set up work plan and ways of working
  • Run the project by applying the baseline technology and ways of working developed by Aqemia’s platform and ensure the feedback from the project is given to Aqemia’s technology platform in a structured and constructive way
  • Manage on a day-to-day basis the evolution of the project: challenge team members to reach project objectives in time and provide thought leadership
  • Manage the project team (3+ people), including giving regular feedback (good and bad) and coach the team to improve
  • Drive proactively the relationship with external partners (Pharma and/or CRO), at operational and management levels
  • Be the guardian of Aqemia’s ways of working in the team (how to run meetings, take decisions etc)
  • Beyond the project, coordinate proactively with other Project Leaders and Aqemia Technology platform to share best-practices and suggest further technological developments to grow Aqemia
  • The competencies we are looking for

  • You have a wealth of hands-on experience in project management: 4+ years of consulting experience and / or 6+ years of project management experience in a fast growing environment.
  • You have a scientific background (Masters degree in a science field), in any scientific discipline such as Engineering, Machine Learning, Chemistry, Biology.
  • You have objective-driven mindset and a high degree of organization, commitment and drive.
  • Preferred mindset

  • You are eager to play an active role in contributing to Aqemia’s strategy to develop drugs for patients.
  • You are anxious to bring your wealth of knowledge and skills to the table to inspire and coach brilliant people from diverse backgrounds.
  • You are keen to solve tough problems on issues that truly matter, with a proactive and a can-do attitude.
  • You thrive on working collaboratively in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment that keeps everyone on track.
  • Our recruitment process

  • 1 - Hiring Manager’s interview : you’ll meet directly with your future manager
  • 2 - Technical assessment of your skills
  • 3 - Cultural fit interview with our co-founder and COO Emmanuelle
  • 4 - Final interview with our co-founder and CEO Maximilien
  • About us

    We work for a mission: joining us means having your own impact on changing the way drugs are discovered, and helping to shape the direction of our fast-growing company and team.

    - Our approach is completely unique in the industry, using AI & deep physics to discover new drugs.

    - We are a team of +50 people from world-class institutions (AstraZeneca, GSK, Sanofi, Harvard, Princeton, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole Polytechnique, BCG...). 

    - We are also a multinational team: our working language is English.

    - Our founders boast : 10+ years of research experience at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, not to mention a stint at Oxford and Cambridge / 10+ years of strategy consulting experience at BCG.

    - We are part of the French Tech 2030 program (

    - We recently signed a $140 million contract with Sanofi to accelerate their drug discovery.

    - Global Series A fundraising of up to 60M€.

    What can we offer

    - Competitive salary and BSPCE policy

    - Hybrid remote working policy: 2 days/week can be worked remotely

    - Beautiful office in Paris, metro Pasteur (line 12)/Sèvres-Lecourbe (line 6)/Duroc (lines 13 & 10) - Montparnasse station less than 15 minutes walk.

    - Alan mutuelle, Swile lunch card

    - Transportation: green participation if you come by bike

    - If needed: a relocation package to move to Paris, including various services to help you get settled

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