Director-RNA Technologies in RNA & Gene Therapies

Category:  Research

Måløv, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Are you passionate about RNA Technologies to enable future development of RNA and gene therapies? Would you like to make a difference and be part of a dedicated team driving intracellular drug candidates towards clinical development across Novo Nordisk therapeutic indications? Then this job will be the right one for you.


The Position:

As the Director and Head of the department of RNA Technologies your key responsibilities will be to develop RNA drug modalities and evaluation thereof via internal and external innovation. Constant maturation of RNA formats is needed to match the biological needs to up- and downregulate genes in temporary and permanent manners in a wide range of cell types.

The position includes

  • Immediate expansion of the team and capabilities
  • Leadership of scientists and lab technicians in the department
  • Contribution to the continued innovation and improvement of laboratory methods within the field of RNA technologies
  • Engagement with the external innovation community to evaluate and/or co-create emerging RNA technologies
  • Member of the RNA and Gene Therapies leadership team
  • Close collaboration with the three other departments in the area, i.e., Genome Editing, Viral Delivery and Non-viral Delivery as well as other relevant areas in Global Research Technologies (GRT) and Global Drug Discovery (GDD)



To be a successful candidate, we expect:

  • You hold degree as PhD in chemistry or biology with 8+ years of relevant RNA technology work record and proven leadership experience
  • You have experience within state of the synthetic and recombinant RNA technologies, including mRNA, RNAi, ASO and related formats and modifications/stabilization thereof. Research scale production, purification, and characterization of RNA formats for therapeutics use, with and without direct or encapsulated delivery vesicles, are among the essential techniques
  • You have experience with establishment and optimization of intracellular assays measuring RNA modulation as well as a strong genetic understanding
  • You have experience with external collaborations
  • Work experience within Pharma R&D is considered an advantage

As a person, you are:

  • Motivated to explore new ideas and methods in order to drive innovation for the benefit of our patients
  • Taking initiatives, problem-solving tasks and influencing strategies
  • Strong communicator internally and externally
  • Thriving in a changing and dynamic work environment with a team player mentality


About the department:

RNA Technologies is a newly established department with a clear purpose of enabling future development of RNA and gene therapies. The department is a part of the RNA and Gene Therapies area which belong to the Global Research Technologies area at Novo Nordisk. We are developing curative and disease modifying therapies for individuals living with serious chronic conditions, spearheaded via co-creational innovation with external partners. Treatment of disease mechanisms operating inside cells, including gene expression is enabled by emerging intracellular drug modalities. Using state of the art technologies, we are building genome editing and RNA capabilities, and establishing viral and non-viral drug delivery platforms, to enable disease-specific design of impactful drugs.


Working at Novo Nordisk:

We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energise us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


For further information, please contact Karina Thorn at +45 3075 8140.


Deadline of application:

Sunday 5th December 2021

Please note that applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis and therefore the advert may close before the recruitment process is completed if we have proceeded with candidates to the screening or interview phase.


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