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Posted 1 month ago

COMPASS Pathways plc is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health (https://compasspathways.com/).

Our first major initiative is developing psilocybin therapy for patients with treatment-resistant depression, using our COMP360 psilocybin in conjunction with psychological support; we are in the final stages of a large-scale, international phase IIb clinical trial. At the same time, our Preclinical team is busy building a comprehensive R&D portfolio with new compounds and indications, focused on our Discovery Center in the US, and in collaboration with partners all over the world.

Preclinical research is fundamental to the COMPASS mission and one of our key investment areas. Our multi-disciplinary preclinical team brings together a range of subject matter experts with extensive academic and industrial experience to deliver innovation at the earliest stages of the drug discovery and development process.

In addition to providing the foundational science to support our investigational COMP360 psilocybin therapy on its clinical journey, we are committed to building a broad and sustainable portfolio of assets, eg through our Discovery Center, that will transform how mental health care is delivered. We collaborate with academics and partners at the cutting edge of science, and have a bold scientific vision to embrace translational and integrative neuroscience approaches that will move us far beyond traditional approaches to psychiatric drug discovery. 

We currently have an open position in the R&D team for a Research Associate within the Receptor Pharmacology team.

Location: This position can be UK, US or Germany based.

Roles and responsibilities:

Main responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Aiding in the design of preclinical studies to assess psychedelic drug mechanism of action and 5-HT receptor pharmacology
  • Management of research projects through interactions with internal and external (eg contract research organisations or academic scientists) stakeholders
  • Creating and archiving completed study reports
  • Ensuring data management remains in line with good research practices
  • Presenting study results to internal and external stakeholders
  • Conducting literature searches and reporting findings
  • Participating in external scientific events
  • Taking minutes in meetings and tracking next steps
  • Providing scientific input for ongoing drug discovery efforts


  • PhD in neuroscience or pharmacology (relevance to G-protein coupled receptors is a bonus)
  • Experience designing studies to characterise either drug-receptor interactions or receptor regulation/function
  • Ability to synthesise and report findings from published literature
  • Ability to work in collaboration and independently, in a cross-functional team
  • Experience in academic and/or industry settings

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