We welcome letters of interest from scientific candidates who are interested in joining our team at Kineta®. For more information contact us.

ABOUT KINETA

Kineta, Inc. is a Seattle-based biotech company dedicated to the discovery and development of therapeutics to treat infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain. Our innovative work environment requires employees to be independent, creative, and organized in addressing challenges and opportunities. Employees are rewarded for their contributions and are supported with a comprehensive benefits program. Kineta also provides individuals opportunities to advance their careers through exposure to all aspects of the drug development process.

Positions

Principal Scientist (Pre-clinical Development/Virology)

Kineta is seeking an experienced scientist to join a growing team of diverse and dynamic researchers devoted to developing novel and effective therapeutics for treating infectious viral diseases. The candidate is expected to lead pre-clinical drug development programs and effectively complete scientific milestones related to the development and discovery of small molecules that have antiviral and vaccine adjuvant properties. Qualified candidates will have a proven track record in progressing pre-clinical drug development programs, and have a strong background in virology and/or immunology. The candidate must have strong problem solving, scientific reasoning and clear communication skills. Other responsibilities of this position will include identifying and utilizing the necessary resources for program progression including training personnel, managing research collaborations, directing studies through CROs, as well as directing technical activities under federal grants and applying for new funding opportunities.

The candidate will be required to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team to ensure timely completion and reporting of program objectives. The successful candidate will possess proven skills to adapt and quickly learn a new field of research in a dynamic drug discovery environment. Kineta is seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills. Independent thinking, ability to interpret and present research data and excellent communication skills are desired.

Qualifications: A PhD in Virology, Microbiology, Immunology, or related field with at least seven years of experience in drug development is required. Industry accomplishments including publications, federal grants and patent portfolio will be critically evaluated.

We offer a competitive total compensation package as well as the chance to join an exciting company at an early stage.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave. North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: resumes@kinetabio.com

Senior Research Associate (Translational Development/Analytics)

Kineta is seeking a motivated analytical scientist to join a growing team of diverse and dynamic researchers devoted to developing novel and effective therapeutics. The candidate will work under Kineta’s Translational Development functional team to develop and execute analytical and bioanalytical experiments exploring the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of lead drug candidates. The candidate will also be asked to develop and execute methods to support various pre-clinical activities including formulation development and drug stability studies. Qualified candidates will have a proven track record in developing and executing separation and purification methods (HPLC), extraction of small molecule drugs from biological matrices, quantitative mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and small molecule metabolite identification. Familiarity with NMR is also expected. The successful candidate will have relevant work experience with similar methods in a drug development program, be a creative, hands-on, bench scientist with knowledge of and skills in the fields of biochemistry and analytical chemistry.

The candidate will be required to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team to ensure timely completion and reporting of program objectives. Kineta is seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills. Independent thinking, ability to interpret and present research data and excellent communication skills are desired.

Qualifications: BS or higher in Biochemistry, Analytical chemistry, ADME/PK or other related analytical science with at least 5 years of relevant work experience. Previous experience working with small molecules is strongly desired.

We offer a competitive total compensation package as well as the chance to join an exciting company at an early stage.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave. North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: resumes@kinetabio.com

Scientist (Translational Development/ADME)

Kineta is seeking an experienced scientist to join a growing team of diverse and dynamic researchers devoted to developing novel and effective therapeutics. The candidate will work under Kineta’s Translational Development functional team and will lead the design, execution and interpretation of ADME/DMPK studies to support the continued development of pre-clinical and clinical stage programs. Qualified candidates will have a proven track record in designing and executing ADME/DMPK related studies, and have a strong background in pharmacology. The candidate must have strong problem solving, scientific reasoning and clear communication skills. Other responsibilities of this position will include representation of ADME/DMPK on interdisciplinary project teams, pharmacokinetic & pharmacodynamic data analysis and modeling, and support/report writing for internal documentation and regulatory filings.

The candidate will be required to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team to ensure timely completion and reporting of program objectives. Kineta is seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills. Independent thinking, ability to interpret and present research data and excellent communication skills are desired.

Qualifications: A PhD degree in pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism or other relevant field with at least 3 years of relevant pharmaceutical industry experience as an ADME/DMPK project representative. Familiarity with various pharmacokinetic software packages, such as WinNonlin, ADAPT, SAAMI and NONMEM is highly desired.

We offer a competitive total compensation package as well as the chance to join an exciting company at an early stage.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave. North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: resumes@kinetabio.com

VP – Business Development

The Vice President of Business Development is responsible for strategic BD planning/analysis, and sourcing and closing new partnering opportunities for Kineta’s drug programs, including out-licensing, collaborations and co-development transactions with larger biotech and pharmaceutical companies. This professional’s initial focus would be on partnering activities for Kineta’s preclinical antiviral and chronic pain programs, with the role broadening to cover enterprise-wide programs in the future. As a key member of Kineta’s management team, this person would provide both strategic commercial market analysis and dealmaking expertise in order to meet the company’s revenue goals. This leader must have a deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and its key players, excellent coordination and relationship management skills, as well as a proven ability to compellingly communicate the scientific and commercial merits of Kineta’s drug programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research, synthesize, model and present pharmaceutical market and deal data to further partnering of the company’s drug programs
  • Source and cultivate a robust pipeline of prospective Big Pharma and Big Biotech collaborators and licensees, and diligently and timely coordinate all interactions with these potential partners.
  • Meet objectives tied to dealmaking, outreach and revenue, with an initial focus on closing at least one partnering transaction in 2014.
  • Work collaboratively to coordinate BD activities and information flow within and across departments, including R&D, CorpDev and Legal.
  • Prepare and deliver professional and compelling presentations; maintain and ensure consistency of the company’s message and strategic vision.

Qualifications

  • Deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, including preclinical dealmaking. Demonstrated success with closing significant biopharmaceutical deals.
  • Proven ability to understand and effectively communicate complicated scientific concepts; background in or knowledge of virology, innate immunity, peptides and chronic pain therapies a plus.
  • Proven ability to research, analyze and model pharmaceutical market data and trends.
  • Proven ability to drive a multiplicity of BD interactions in a proactive, timely and professional manner.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; excellent presenter with an ability to think on your feet.
  • Leadership: Ability to lead the BD team effectively.
  • Possess high level of integrity, maturity, ethics and excellent business judgement
  • Professionalism; outstanding interpersonal skills; presence
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strong work ethic; self-motivated; able to work independently
  • Willingness to travel as required

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor degree (scientific major preferred); MBA or PhD a plus.
  • Minimum of 10 years industry or related experience required
  • Proven record of BD performance and dealmaking
  • Strong knowledge of drug development and the biopharmaceutical industry

Compensation

  • Salary is commensurate with experience and skills
  • Potential for stock grants and cash bonuses
  • Benefits include industry standard health care package and 401(k) supplemented by Kineta

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave. North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: resumes@kinetabio.com

Director – Business Development (Preclinical Programs)

The Director of Business Development (Preclinical Programs) is responsible for sourcing and closing new partnering opportunities for Kineta’s early-stage antiviral and chronic pain drug programs, including out-licensing, collaborations and co-development transactions with larger biotech and pharmaceutical companies. This key team member must have a deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and its key players, excellent coordination and relationship management skills, as well as a proven ability to compellingly communicate the scientific and commercial merits of Kineta’s drug programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Source and cultivate a robust pipeline of prospective Big Pharma and Big Biotech collaborators and licensees, and diligently and timely coordinate all interactions with these potential partners.
  • Work collaboratively to coordinate BD activities and information flow within and across departments, including R&D, CorpDev and Legal.
  • Meet objectives tied to dealmaking, outreach and revenue, with an initial focus on closing at least one partnering transaction in 2014.
  • Prepare and deliver professional and compelling presentations; maintain and ensure consistency of the company’s message and strategic vision.
  • Research, synthesize and present pharmaceutical market and deal data to further partnering of the company’s drug programs.

Qualifications

  • Proven ability to drive a multiplicity of BD interactions in a proactive, timely and professional manner.
  • Proven ability to understand and effectively communicate complicated scientific concepts; background in or knowledge of virology, innate immunity, peptides and chronic pain therapies a plus.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; excellent presenter with an ability to think on your feet.
  • Demonstrated success with closing significant biopharmaceutical deals.
  • Deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, including preclinical dealmaking.
  • Teamwork: Ability to collaborate as a key part of the BD team
  • Possess high level of integrity, maturity, ethics and excellent business judgement
  • Professionalism; outstanding interpersonal skills; presence
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strong work ethic; self-motivated; able to work independently
  • Willingness to travel as required

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor degree (scientific major preferred), MBA or PhD a plus.
  • Minimum of 7 years industry or related experience required
  • Proven record of BD performance and dealmaking
  • Strong knowledge of drug development and the biopharmaceutical industry

Compensation

  • Salary is commensurate with experience and skills
  • Potential for stock grants and cash bonuses
  • Benefits include industry standard health care package and 401(k) supplemented by Kineta

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave. North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: resumes@kinetabio.com

Project Manager (Pre-clinical Drug Discovery and Development)

Kineta is seeking an experienced project manager to support diverse preclinical drug development programs. The successful candidate will join our multidisciplinary team to work on the pre-clinical development of small molecules that have antiviral and adjuvanting properties. Under direction, the candidate will be responsible for the planning, management, and completion of R&D projects on a wide variety of programs. The candidate will use project management skills to manage project roles, identify resource requirements, define project deliverables, prepare program reports, and ensure quality of projects. Ability to manage effective communication and relationships is critical. Experience in grants and contracts management is firmly required.

The candidate will be required to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team setting to ensure timely completion and reporting of program objectives. The applicant will be responsible for: Assisting with grant applications and progress reports; Planning and organizing meetings; Maintaining a running list of action items; Creating data summaries as needed; Preparing presentation materials; Preparing and managing budgets.

The successful candidate will possess proven skills to adapt and quickly learn new techniques in a dynamic drug discovery environment. Kineta is seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills. Independent thinking, ability to interpret and present research data and excellent communications skills are desired.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Immunology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, or related field with at least five years of experience in project management in biotechnology medical research. The candidate must have experience with program management software (e.g. Microsoft Project). CAPM or PMP certification a plus. Must be computer proficient (Windows), possess excellent written and oral communication skills, show attention to detail, and have experience working in a fast-paced research environment.

We offer a competitive total compensation package as well as the chance to join an exciting company at an early stage.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave. North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: resumes@kinetabio.com

Research Assistant

Kineta is seeking a motivated individual to provide animal husbandry; including general care, facility maintenance, regular health checks and maintenance of health and integrity of the animal colony. Ability to work in a highly regulated environment following standard operating procedures (SOPs) and federal regulations is required. The successful candidate will be expected to work in collaboration with the attending veterinarian to develop procedures and resolve any health related issues. Additionally, the research assistant will be expected to perform general laboratory support activities such as glassware, inventory, and reagent preparation. The assistant will work closely with research scientists and provide technical support as needed.

The successful candidate will have relevant research experience and the desire to learn laboratory procedures in a drug development environment. Kineta is seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and as the member of a team in a fast-paced start-up environment. Careful attention to detail and excellent communications skills are required. The ability to work full time is preferred; however, part-time will be considered for the right candidate.

Qualifications: B.S. or B.S. in progress with relevant laboratory experience and the desire to work with laboratory animals is required. Previous experience working in a regulated AF is desired.

Must be computer proficient (Windows), possess good written and oral communication skills, show attention to detail, and have experience working in a fast-paced research environment.

We offer a competitive total compensation package as well as the chance to join an exciting company at an early stage.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave. North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: resumes@kinetabio.com

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WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Kineta is a great place to work where exciting science and committed people come together. Our team consists of pioneers in immunology and virology that have made leading discoveries in virus- host interaction and the genomics of immune response. We are advancing this work with the vision of developing novel compounds including treatments for autoimmune diseases, broad spectrum antivirals and non-narcotic pain relief.

Our labs are outfitted with superb infrastructure, cutting edge technology and tools to execute high through put screening for antiviral research. We have also created advanced systems to analyze innate immune response on different viral systems.

Our working environment values diversity, encourages intellectual curiosity and fosters professional growth. We are a team. Collaboration is a fundamental component of our success. Kineta is committed to maintaining a workplace where employees can strike a meaningful balance between work and life.

We demand and deliver the highest scientific and ethical standards in all that we do. Advancing our scientific progress is a priority, including publication in major journals and presentations at national conferences. We also have a lot of fun!

LIVING ENVIRONMENT

Seattle is a great place to live and Kineta Inc. is located in one of the most dynamic and rapidly evolving parts of the city. Our South Lake Union neighborhood is the first to be served by the new rapid transit street car line, which to the south, gives us easy access to downtown Seattle, its restaurants, shops and attractions, and to the north, connects us to The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and beautiful Lake Union Park.

Seattle uniquely benefits from being a cross road that links the lower 48 to British Columbia and Alaska. It is also a portal to Hawaii and Asia. Visitors taste these influences in the unique Pacific Northwest cuisine and feel these connections in the diverse cultural scene.

If you love the outdoors, you’ll love living here. A 45-minute drive offers magnificent day hikes in some of the most beautiful mountains in America. Travel a little further and Mount Rainier, all 14,410 feet of her, is there for shedding the stress of life. World class skiing, sailing, fishing are also readily accessible.

Kineta offers a competitive total compensation package as well as the chance to join an exciting company. Connect with us:

Kineta, Inc.
219 Terry Ave North,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98109
Human Resources: resumes@kinetabio.com

Kineta, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer