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Scientific & Marketing Communications Manager

A-Alpha Bio

A-Alpha Bio

Marketing & Communications
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 1, 2023

A-Alpha Bio is an early-stage and rapidly-growing drug discovery company headquartered in Seattle, WA. We are enabling the next generation of high-impact therapeutics by combining high-throughput synthetic biology with state-of-the-art machine learning. We partner with leading pharma and biotech companies to enable the discovery of antibodies, molecular glues, and other protein interaction-related drugs. In parallel, we use our AlphaSeq technology internally to build a Biologics Pipeline for clinical development and/or asset licensing opportunities.

Candidates local to Seattle are preferred, but remote applicants are welcome to apply. Candidates must reside in the US.

Starting Salary Range: $120,000 - $148,000 per year

Exemption Status: Exempt

Location Expectations: Remote-Eligible (with quarterly travel to Seattle HQ)

Role Description

We are seeking a highly skilled communicator with a strong science background to foster internal and external understanding of A-Alpha Bio’s platforms, therapeutic programs, industry partnerships, and corporate strategy. This role will involve translating complex technical concepts and data into easily digestible written and visual content, including technical posters and manuscripts, press releases, business development materials, fundraising materials, internal and external slide decks, and other written and visual media. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success in developing and managing communication strategies to reach diverse technical and lay audiences. They will exhibit impeccable communication and organizational skills, have a passion for science and technical storytelling, and be comfortable working independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic startup environment. This role will report directly to the CEO.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the leadership team to develop and execute an integrated communications strategy for both internal and external audiences.
  • Create high-quality written, visual, and hybrid deliverables that effectively communicate complex technical concepts for the appropriate technical or non-technical audiences – including abstracts, manuscripts, white papers, posters, slide decks, investor materials, FAQs, website content, press releases, social media posts, and more.
  • Collaborate across all departments to efficiently communicate recent technical achievements and improve the quality and clarity of data visualizations and technical storytelling.
  • Develop and implement style guides and templates to improve the quality and consistency of communication across the company.
  • Develop and manage relationships with key media contacts, as well as draft press materials for major company announcements that align with corporate goals and communications strategy.
  • Manage A-Alpha Bio’s social media accounts, working with business development and HR to align social media outreach with the company’s strategic needs.
  • Support achievement of broader R&D, business development, and/or corporate goals.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Marketing, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience with biotech, pharma, or other related life-science communications.
  • Demonstrated scientific acumen for use in a variety of circumstances, including working with internal stakeholders to identify information gaps and opportunities.
  • Strong track record of effective scientific communication across multiple written and visual formats (a portfolio of previous work will be requested).
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, prioritization and project planning, and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and an eye for written style and visual design.
  • Proficiency with software tools including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and with publishing content via standard social media platforms, including LinkedIn and Twitter.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred

  • Experience with strategic and marketing communication in a biotechnology startup setting.
  • Strong data visualization skills as demonstrated in portfolio projects; proficiency with data visualization in Python, JavaScript, R, or similar.
  • Familiarity with synthetic biology, protein engineering, and machine learning.
  • Established media relationships with key biotech and technology publications.

We offer competitive compensation, including benefits and equity in a fast-growing start-up. Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

About A-Alpha Bio

A-Alpha Bio is an early-stage biotechnology company combining synthetic biology and machine learning to dramatically improve the discovery of high-impact therapeutics. We believe that abundant high-quality data is critical for understanding biology and curing disease – and synthetic biology is our catalyst. Our proprietary AlphaSeq platform uses genetically engineered cells to quantitatively measure millions of protein interactions – from which we generate high-resolution models of biology.

In 2018, we spun out of the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design and Center for Synthetic Biology – both fantastic communities of brilliant and highly entrepreneurial scientists. Since the company’s inception, we have focused on partnering with pharmaceutical companies to discover and optimize drugs for therapeutic areas ranging from infectious disease to cancer. We are growing rapidly, and new members of the team should expect a fast-paced and highly dynamic work environment. We are building a diverse, meritocratic, and supportive team that shares our values of speaking the truth, shooting for the moon, taking the reins, playing for the team, and improving the world.

A-Alpha Bio is headquartered in a brand-new combined office/lab space in downtown Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. While the startup lifestyle occasionally requires grueling hours, we strongly value the need for a work-life balance and time out of the lab/office. We are fortunate to be situated in a region that is renowned for its premier outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, and sailing. At A-Alpha, you’ll find many who love the outdoors, but also gamers, amateur chefs, explorers, sports fans, bakers, crafters, photographers, brewers, jetsetters, animal lovers, and artists. Whatever your passions, you belong at A-Alpha Bio.