Toxicologist I/Study Director


The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) is internationally recognized as a leader in the in vitro testing field for 25 years. IIVS couples rigorous scientific and compliance programs with education and outreach initiatives to promote the use and acceptance of these methods worldwide as an alternative to current animal testing methods.

IIVS is seeking to fill a Toxicologist I / Study Director position in Gaithersburg, MD. This is an exciting opportunity to join and grow with our team to contribute and share in our company vision:  A day when methods based on humane, wisely applied science will be used by industry and the regulatory agencies to understand the true safety and efficacy of substances.

Specific Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

• Develop and validate a variety of non-animal test methods and endpoints.

• Provide expertise in developing and executing research projects.

• As Study Director, conduct and/or closely supervise the commercial contract in vitro safety testing of products and ingredients.

• May participate in lectures and hands-on training of in vitro test methods for various audiences, including industry, regulatory/governmental and NGO stakeholders.

• Flexible work hours required (including occasional weekends).

• Some national/international travel may be required.

• Will require handling a variety of toxic materials (chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mixtures, product ingredients, etc.) and biological systems (cell lines and cultures, ex vivo human and mammalian tissues, or cell-based reconstructed tissues).

Specific Capabilities May Include, but are not limited to:

• Experience with in vitro toxicological methods for investigating human cellular, tissue or organ systems (e.g., cell based cytotoxicity assays).

• In vitro and/or ex vivo model development, characterization, and standardization.

• Experience with complex scientific instrumentation (HPLC, flow cytometry, etc.) is desired.

• Ability to apply standard scientific principles, and techniques to conduct and develop in vitro product safety testing programs.

• Able to communicate effectively across language, cultural, or other barriers.

• Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal guidance.

• Grant-writing experience.

Required Education: PhD degree + 0-3 years of relevant experience or M.S. degree with 3+ years relevant experience. Genetox background is a plus but not required.

IIVS offers competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package including full medical and dental insurance, FSA, paid holidays, paid personal leave, and more.

In order to be considered for this position, please submit your resume AND cover letter to describing your interest and any qualifications or experience you have which you feel would make you a good fit for this position.

IIVS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), ancestry or national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $70,000.00 - $85,000.00 per year


• 401(k)

• 401(k) matching

• Dental insurance

• Employee assistance program

• Flexible spending account

• Health insurance

• Life insurance

• Paid time off

• Referral program

• Retirement plan

• Tuition reimbursement

• Vision insurance


Job Type : Full-Time
Education Level : Masters, Doctoral
Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level
Job Function : General
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