Scientist, Neuroscience

Job Locations US-MA-Cambridge
Research & Development
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Ovid Therapeutics is seeking a PhD scientist with experience in cellular neuroscience to join our Research and Early Development (RED) team in Cambridge, MA. The scientist will play a key role in developing preclinical disease models for the assessment of therapeutic modalities, including small molecule and gene therapies. Within this function, the individual will support all aspects of drug development i.e., from lead identification through drug product validation. As part of a collaborative team, this individual will be a pivotal player in developing our in-house nonclinical research capabilities and help moving projects to IND stage and will report to an Associate Director of Research. The ideal candidate has a background in neuroscience or related field and will be responsible for independently designing, executing research for in vitro and in vivo nonclinical pharmacology, safety/toxicology studies in support of Ovid’s pipeline. The scientist will conduct research reliably and responsibly, analyze and interpret data and present results to various cross-functional project teams. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is deeply motivated in translational research and seeking to actively contribute to the development of potential new therapeutics for debilitating neurological disorders. If you are an individual looking to be part of a dynamic organization where patients come first and seeking to make a difference in their life, please come join us.


  • Strong hands-on experience performing standard cell and molecular biology techniques e.g., gel electrophoresis, western blotting, Immunostaining, qPCR, ELISA, Cellular imaging etc.
  • Hands-on experience on tissue culture e.g., cell lines, iPSCs and/or primary neuronal cultures.
  • Hands-on experience on tissue handling e.g., tissue harvest, protein extraction, assays etc.
  • In vivo experience is highly desired e.g., Perfusion, Tissue sectioning, Immunostaining etc.
  • Analyze and document experimental data for written or oral presentations.
  • Support laboratory activities by helping, overseeing junior people, and general lab functions.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and have all hands-on deck mind set.
  • Build strong collaboration within R&D team and external CRO/collaborators to meet project, departmental, and company goals.


  • PhD or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biochemistry Cell & Molecular biology, or related discipline.
  • (0-3) years of post-PhD research and 7+ yrs. of laboratory research experience
  • 2+ Industry experience highly desired but can be waived for exceptional candidates.
  • Demonstrated ability of research productivity through peer reviewed publication.
  • Deep expertise in cell and molecular techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong commitment to quality and accountability and eager to learn and ability to adapt.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills and strong team player.
  • Versed with different software related to research e.g., Prism, Image J, Imaging software etc.




  • 3+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Candidates with in vitro or slice electrophysiology, and /or In vivo EEG recordings.
  • Candidates with strong tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, Imaging background.
  • Candidates with AAV background and gene therapy (industry/academic) will be given preference.
  • Non-clinical report generation for ongoing studies and results.


about ovid therapeutics

If you desire to be part of a tenacious biotech team advancing the future of neuroscience, then Ovid Therapeutics may be the right company for you. Located in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ovid aspires to answer big questions about rare disorders of the brain. Applying expertise from successful development programs in rare epilepsies, we partner with patient communities and world-renowned physicians to decode the underlying genetic cause and pathologies of neurological disease. We seek the best modalities to deliver therapy to targets in the brain whether they be small molecules to next-generation platforms. Our duty to patients is as real is it is to our own families. Urgency to serve them propels us to venture where others have not and take calculated scientific risks. When others heed to the hard or unknown, we say, find a way.


who we seek

Exceptional life science professionals who value curiosity, collaboration, community, deep care and courage in decision-making are encouraged to apply.


if you need more reasons to join Ovid:

  • benefits competitive with big pharma, without the big pharma bureaucracy
  • nimble and creative mentality while being well resourced
  • accessible leaders and mentors from the world’s leading pharmaceuticals, biotechs and universities
  • opportunity to shape the destiny of a company on the frontier of medical science
  • the knowledge that patients are waiting for us, and the tools to help them lay in our hands


EEO Statement: OVID Therapeutics is an Equal Opportunity employer. All OVID recruiting is conducted in a fair and non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 


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