Director, Science Operations & Strategy

Full Time

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job description

Scismic is supporting the growth of a biotech incubator in Cambridge, MA.

We are hiring for a new role, Director - Science Operations & Strategy. This role will focus on developing and building out strategic initiatives to increase the chances for success of our resident companies. You will be a strong fit for this role if you have a Master's or PhD in a scientific field with 7+ years of scientific/lab management experience with proven increased leadership and management responsibility within the life sciences and biotech industry. You must be a highly capable, self-directed individual ready to roll up your sleeves and help get a new department off the ground. This person will employ a high level of autonomy in their work, thinking critically about problems within the context of multiple layers of complexity and take the initiative to pursue new ideas. 


  • Strategic partnering & industry analysis 
  • Intentionally connect with resident company scientists and CSOs to better understand the scientific needs of our residents and the broader community 
  • Collaboratively work with our company's Partnerships and Lab Operations teams to support existing sponsor relationships and engage with potential new sponsors by strategizing and creating new offerings for residents 
  • Develop new external relationships with local organizations (e.g., academic tech transfer offices and local scientific core facilities) 
  • Keep abreast of emerging science and technologies to gain insight and foresight into industry shifts 
  • Lab design and buildout support 
  • Use industry insights to strategically conceptualize new lab designs and infrastructure to support novel technologies  
  • Support buildout projects: lab design, construction support, equipment planning and procurement, and new facility launch activities 
  • Scientific operational support & management 
  • Review all incoming new company applications and triage to our company sites as appropriate 
  • Help to develop a new workflow for incoming company applications through the selection process 
  • Manage internal scientific core areas and relationships such as animal facility access, etc. 
  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate to support the team and resident community 


  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks and/or projects 
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and database systems 
  • Experience with startup or fast-growing organizations in the biotech industry, along with operations and project management 


  • Personable and articulate with strong written and verbal communication skills including public speaking 
  • Self-starter with excellent work ethic and optimistic attitude 
  • Exhibit effective leadership skills, including willingness to roll up sleeves to help get things done 
  • Detail oriented with astute attention to quality control and getting things right 
  • Desire to be part of a team focused environment and derive pleasure and satisfaction in helping others 
  • A sense of humor even when things are chaotic! 


  • Medical and dental premiums fully covered, including deductible costs  
  • Unlimited vacation  
  • Three months fully paid parental leave  
  • 401K match up to 6% with immediate vestment  
  • Partial or full reimbursements towards transportation (parking pass, MBTA, or bike commuting costs)  
  • Gym/fitness/yoga memberships or classes, massage therapy, and cell phone stipend and repairs  
  • Reimbursement for continuing education/training towards your job, student loan reimbursement  
  • Long- and short-term disability, life insurance  
  • Amazing colleagues, inspiring residents, sleek workspaces with tons of snacks, and in-house programming on thought-provoking topics!  

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