CTRL Therapeutics Director/Senior Director, R&D Chicago, IL · Full time

You will play a leadership role in the Newco and will work closely with the CSO to establish R&D infrastructure and capabilities for the company.


About us:  

We are building a new cell therapy company to disrupt and democratize the cell therapy space and enable the rapid generation of potent anti-tumor T cell repertoires from every patient with cancer. We are building a company culture based on collaboration, transparency, integrity, and commitment to excellence. We are looking for passionate people to join us on our journey and build a world-class organization. Join us!  

What you'll do:  

You will play a leadership role in the Newco and will work closely with the CSO to establish R&D infrastructure and capabilities for the company.  You will lead an internal team of scientists, and you will provide insights, guidance, oversight, and mentorship to the team to ensure the establishment of a quality and data-driven organization that will deliver on corporate objectives. You will bring to this role a strong scientific background on the biology, analytical assessment, and application of T cell therapy products, and exceptional leadership, management, operational, and interpersonal skills.  

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Build, oversee, and guide research and development (R&D) efforts to establish a quality and data-driven organization that delivers on corporate objectives and priorities 
  • Manage, enable, and inspire R&D staff to excellence 
  • Ensure quality of all laboratory operations, data, analyses, and reports conforms to GLP and statistical and quality principles to enable robust and statistical evaluation of R&D data for presentation and cross-functional discussion, and decision-making 
  • Take a leadership role in external collaborations and partner interactions, evaluations, and diligence  
  • Collaborate with leadership and management teams to create and maintain a dynamic cross-functional, and effective organization 
  • Maintain a high level of professional expertise through regular consulting of scientific literature  

You should have:  

  • Ph.D. with 5+ years of related experience in Cellular therapy, T cell Immunology, Cellular Biology, or Immunotherapy. 
  • Prior Industry or academic experience with development of T-cell therapy programs in a quality environment 
  • Experience and expertise with the development and application of T cell, functional and analytic assays required, including flow-cytometry, in vitro and high-throughput molecular characterization  
  • Experience with GLP processes and guidelines. 
  • Experience with effectively managing scientific staff (Ph.D., Research Associates) required 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment and manage multiple concurrent projects with a high degree of independence required. 
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills are required. 
  • A strong drive to inspire, empower and enable your colleagues to bring the next generation of transformative cell therapies to patients 


This is not a remote position.

Titles associated with offers are based on cumulative experience and are at the discretion of the hiring committee.

What we offer:  

Compensation: A competitive salary in addition to equity. 

Benefits: Health, Dental, and Vision insurance, FHA, 401(k), commuter benefits  

At CTRL, we embrace the different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences our team members bring to the table. As a proud Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome all applicants and teammates regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please get in touch with us.