Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Senior Director, Advanced Physical Technologies at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

92121, San Diego
Jul 18, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. In addition to our clinical development programs focused on cystic fibrosis, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. For four years in a row, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the Company, please visit

Senior Director, Advanced Physical Technologies

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is looking for a scientific leader with a strong record of achievement (publications, patents, commercial products) to lead an applied physics and instrumentation department. This department is tightly integrated into the company’s drug discovery and development enterprise consisting of 10 engineers and 4 physicists.

This group designs, builds and supports the deployment of novel instruments, such as optical detection devices, novel microscopes, automation equipment, and electrophysiology instruments. These instruments are built in small numbers solely to support in house drug discovery research efforts and are not commercialized or manufactured for outside use. 

This leadership role can be described as 80% innovative idea generation/discussion/refinement and 20% engineering management and is located at our discovery research facility in San Diego, California.  

The successful candidate will have the following preferred qualifications:

  • A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society.
  • PhD level training in physics or engineering with a solid understanding of and interest in the life sciences.  Deep understanding of a wide range of physical principles in order to generate and champion novel and innovative ideas for the application of physics and engineering to drug discovery.
  • 10+ years of experience leading a productive and multi-disciplinary academic or industrial physics / engineering R&D group.
  • Demonstrable record of scientific research management, including the ability to mentor junior physicists and to supervise a small group of engineers (ME, EE, Software, and Applications).
  • Ability to collaborate with scientists of many disciplines throughout the company on instrumentation and (bio)physical measurement projects, to provide input on related matters, and to effectively communicate physical concepts to non-specialists.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with senior leaders of other functions throughout Vertex to fruitfully apply biophysics and instrumentation to drug discovery.
  • Ability to manage complexity and ambiguity in a highly-matrixed work environment.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.