Director, Disease Biology Neurosciences – Orion, Turku



Orion Corporation is a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company – a builder of well-being. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Description of position

  • Supervise and build up the Disease Biology team of Senior Scientists and Scientists in in vivo and in vitro research
  • Ensure the resourcing and optimal plans to forward the research projects in NDD and pain
  • Build-up of target validation from in vitro to in vivo and bring in new technologies and protocols
  • Contribute to translational models, and how to translate from bed-to-bench and back
  • Generate and evaluate new project ideas with the other pain/NDD scientists
  • Work closely with NDD and pain directors and VP of CNS TA to build the CNS Strategy and portfolio

You will be based in Turku, Finland and report to the Vice President of R&D, CNS Therapy area.

The job title will depend on the experience and competences, and other title options can be considered.

Description of the unit 

Orion’s pharmaceutical innovations are created within its R&D organization, including e.g. non-clinical research, clinical development, formulation development and medical affairs. The organization employs top professionals in the field of drug molecule development and optimization.

Therapy area of the Central Nervous System (CNS) is accountable for the research and development of medications for neurodegenerative diseases (NDD) and chronic pain at Orion. Our team builds the R&D CNS portfolio and CNS strategy in close collaboration with business and all R&D global functions. You will be based in Turku, Finland and report to the Vice President of R&D, CNS Therapy area. The job title will depend on the experience and other title options can be considered.

We offer

We offer exciting opportunities to create and have an impact to the future therapies for patients.

In Orion we have a highly interesting R&D pipeline and enthusiastic working environment with opportunities to use your own strengths to build your competence development and career. As an expert of your own field you will be a member of multi-disciplinary team jointly innovating and developing new treatments for the patients. Appreciation of colleagues and continuous development are part of our core values.  The culture of Orion R&D is informal and we enjoy working together.

We are passionate about the patient welfare and serve as The Voice of Science and the Patient – if this inspires you too – join us!

In many fields, Finland is considered a leader in the world (see the following link by copying it to your web browser) and is a great country to live in.

Requirements PhD in neurosciences/pain with at least 10 year Post doctoral experience Large network in neurosciences/pain and smoothly collaborating with Internal & External partners (academic and industrial, etc.) Industry experience is an advantage Excellent organizational and people leadership skills Successful experience and interest in heading a large team and supervising Profound expertise of ALS, PD and/or pain related disease mechanisms Deep interest, expertise, experience and skills in some of the following entities: Establishing, characterizing and implementing state-of-the-art cellular models to unravel disease mechanisms in pain and/or neurodegenerative diseases (PD & ALS) Establishing, characterizing and implementing state-of-the-art animal models to unravel mechanisms in pain and/or neurodegenerative diseases (ALS, PD) such as Tg, KO, KI Molecular and cell biology techniques, Gene editing & viral vector technologies and Microscopy & imaging techniques

Please send your application latest on 31 May 2019. For further information, please call Dr. Taru Blom, VP R&D at following times: May 17 at 15:00-16:00 (FIN), May 20 at 15-16:30 (FIN) or May 22 at 13-14 (FIN) or May 29 at 14-15 (FIN). Telephone +358-50-9667836. Interviews are planned to be started during the application period.

Orion Corporation operates in more than 25 countries, where we Orionees, 3200 in total, work in all kinds of positions. We encourage people to develop their competences, and offer opportunities to affect own job description and create own career path at Orion.