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Director, Clinical Science
(REF#DCS0414RM)

The Director, Clinical Science will play a key role in the future development for pimavanserin. They will be responsible for various aspects and oversight for clinical trials. This activity includes but is not limited to abstract submission, investigator meetings and Scientific Advisory Boards. The incumbent will report to the EVP Development and CMO, who has direct responsibility for the overall development strategy.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • PharmD, MD, or PhD or equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience. A minimum of 10 years' progressively responsible related experience with a minimum of 6 years' in a leadership role. A minimum of 3 years progressively responsible experience in clinical research. Experience of Neurology, Psychiatry or Psychology would be advantageous.
  • Knowledge, experience, and skills typically developed by a strong track record of accomplishment in the field of clinical research.
  • Excellent scientific written and oral communication skills.
  • A proven ability to work highly effectively with multiple departments.
  • The ability to work with attention to detail in a time sensitive environment.
  • Excellent technical/scientific communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to lead, interact with, focus, resolve conflict and drive consensus among individuals from a variety of cultures, and disciplines.

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Project Manager
(REF#PM0414FLH)

The Project Manager will work with the project leader and team members to ensure timely, efficient, and effective management of team activities. Coordinate and facilitate timeline deliverables with clear understanding of functional interdependencies and critical path activities.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and minimum 5 years of progressively responsible, relevant experience. Equivalent experience and education may be considered.
  • Experience managing cross-functional project teams.
  • A solid understanding of the drug development process and the principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management.
  • Familiarity with FDA and/or EMA Regulations, ICH Guidelines, and GXPs governing the conduct of clinical trials is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to support multiple project teams simultaneously, be well organized and have strong time management skills and attention to detail.
  • In-depth knowledge and skill with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and other reporting and tracking tools.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision, determine personal work plan, and schedule tasks and activities accordingly.
  • Ability to accommodate shifting priorities, demands and timelines.
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources and to be persuasive, encouraging and motivating.
  • Ability to learn, understand and apply new technologies, strategies and approaches that enhance the team's ability to achieve goals and meet timelines/deliverables.
  • Late stage drug development/NDA experience preferred.

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Regulatory & Clinical Documentation Specialist
(REF#RCDS0414MJ)

The Regulatory & Clinical Documentation Specialist, under the direction of the Regulatory and Clinical Operations staff, will assist with the maintenance of the electronic Document Management System (eDMS) to support US and ex-US regulatory submissions, and/or paper files to manage clinical study documentation, in compliance with corresponding regulations.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in life sciences.
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience in Regulatory Affairs and document management, and knowledge of regulatory and industry standards, including GxP.
  • Understanding of different functional document types that compile regulatory submissions including clinical documents
  • Experience with electronic data management systems.
  • Ability to enter, analyze, and interpret metadata in eDMS.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing & verbally, with others in a professional manner.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies, procedures, security standards and GCP.
  • Ability to acquire knowledge and skills associated with both electronic and manual business processes.
  • Ability to solve routine problems by following defined procedures; seeks guidance on issues outside assigned area.
  • Ability to complete work assignments independently or with moderate supervision or guidance from others. Prioritizes and organizes own work to meet agreed upon deadlines.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment where priorities change frequently to meet the business needs.
  • Desire to contribute as a team player who is deadline driven and works well with others.
  • Willingness to be flexible in adjusting work hours to support the business.

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Director, Medical Science Liaison (MSL) – San Diego
(REF#DMSL0214BK)

This position will report to the Executive Director, Medical Affairs. The primary responsibility is to serve as the Director of Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs), Neurology. The Director will, under the leadership of the Executive Director, Medical Affairs, hire, develop and manage ACADIA's MSLs. The Director is an office-based professional who will travel extensively to work with the MSL team. That individual will possess scientific, clinical and therapeutic area expertise and be responsible for supporting medical and scientific initiatives on behalf of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals in selected therapeutic areas, particularly Neurology, in the US headquarters in on-going activities (e.g., in-house committees) and special projects as warranted. The Director will be responsible for performing MSL activities in a designated section of the country while the department is being built out and may maintain responsibility for certain designated areas or groups following the full deployment of the MSL force.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • B.S. in life science with at least 15 years progressively-responsible experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with a focus on CNS or Neurological science, including at least 5 years as an MSL; an advanced degree in biological sciences (MD, PharmD, PhD) preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience as a Field-based Medical Scientist (MSL)
  • Minimum 5 years' experience as manager, preferably as MSL manager
  • Experience in preparation of materials for use by Medical Affairs and experience in review/editing Promotional materials; high skill level with relevant PC and software programs, including MS Office skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Skills as a poised and knowledgeable presenter of scientific information. This includes excellent writing capabilities and strong demonstrated presentation skills, including presentations within external formats such as physician gatherings, medical congresses, etc.
  • Ability to interact easily with all levels within the organization; tactful; mature; flexible
  • Ability to travel 60-75%

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Senior Medical Science Liaison (MSL) – East Coast/Midwest
(REF#SMSL0214BK)

The Sr. Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a field-based professional with scientific, clinical and therapeutic area expertise responsible for supporting medical and scientific initiatives on behalf of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals in selected therapeutic areas. The Sr. MSL develops on-going professional relationships with national/regional healthcare practitioners and facilitates the education of these practitioners and their colleagues regarding current and forthcoming therapies developed and commercialized by the Company. The Sr. MSL ensures access to current medical and scientific information on ACADIA products and areas of therapeutic interest to targeted Key Opinion Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, and Decision Makers consistent with the objectives of ACADIA and the Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, and Marketing Departments.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • B.S. in life science with at least 8 years progressively-responsible experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with a focus on CNS or Neurological science, including at least 5 years as an MSL. An advanced degree in biological sciences (MD, PharmD, PhD) preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Expert scientific and pharmaceutical knowledge, with an emphasis in the CNS area
  • Knowledge of regulatory, compliance, commercial, and clinical issues affecting the pharmaceutical and managed care industries
  • Knowledge of customer segments and market dynamics
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including in presentation and facilitation formats
  • Demonstrated expertise in drug information communication
  • Skills in instructional design, teaching, coaching and mentoring
  • High level of facility with relevant computer and software capabilities, including MS Office programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to travel up to 75% of time

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Clinical Data Manager
(REF#CDM0214AM)

The Clinical Data Manager will be part of the Data Management team responsible for study-specific data management activities, including study set-up, maintenance, data review and clarification. This position will be responsible for reviewing protocols and providing input relevant to data management issues; overseeing all data management activities within CROs and database build/maintenance within EDC vendor and managing external lab vendors, transfer specifications, and transfer timelines. The incumbent will also review/create study specific data management documentation (i.e. Data Management Plans, Database Specifications, Edit Check Specifications, clinical data query handling and resolution, Vendor data Reconciliation Plans, SAE Reconciliation Plans, etc.). They will perform User Acceptance Testing of EDC system; perform/oversee clinical study data maintenance, data listings, enter queries, review query resolutions, etc. and perform Validation of SAS programming within Data Management. The CDM will provide input on general data management documents such as SOPs, standards, templates, etc.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • BS required, in Life Sciences or Mathematics preferred, with four years of experience in clinical data management; equivalent education and experience may be considered
  • Hands on training and experience in clinical trial methodology and Good Clinical Practice
  • Must have a basic to moderate understanding of all aspects involved in the data management responsibilities throughout a clinical trial
  • Experience with, and practical understanding of, at least one clinical data management system (e.g., Medidata Rave, Inform, Clintrial)
  • Good organizational and documentation skills
  • Good understanding of regulatory guidance and regulations (e.g., ICH, 21CFRpart11, etc.)
  • Must be a team player who works effectively with other disciplines

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Senior QA Audit Associate (GCP)
(Ref# SQAA0114UH)

The Senior QA Audit Associate (GCP) would contribute to our GCP compliance strategy in collaboration with Clinical Operations, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, and other appropriate functions, including; follow-up on resolution and close-out completed investigator and external vendor audits, and participate in discrepancy investigations including impact assessments, causal analysis and identification of corrective actions.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

B.S. in life sciences (Chemistry/Biology), Engineering or equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience. A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry with a focus on GCP/GXP Quality Assurance. Must possess:

  • At least 3 years auditing experience across full range of clinical audit types, such as: CROs, Investigator sites, protocols, clinical study reports, systems and submissions
  • Demonstrated knowledge in FDA and EU Regulations and Guidances governing GCP, GLP and GMP activities as well as current regulatory trends
  • ASQ certification or equivalent is a plus
  • Ability to interpret and relate Quality standards for implementation and review
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable global regulatory and GCP requirements as they relate to clinical trials, product development, manufacturing, and technology transfer
  • Proven track record in effective communication and negotiation
  • The position requires excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Travel 10-20% will be required

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QA Manager (GMP)
(Ref# SQAS0114UH)

The QA Manager (GMP) will develop, implement, and maintain Quality Systems that support clinical and commercial manufacturing of GMP Intermediates, APIs and Drug Products at Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs). Support cGXP compliance and inspection readiness within the organization.

  • B.S. in life science (Chemistry/Biology), Engineering or equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience.
  • A minimum of 8 years progressively responsible experience in the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry with a focus on GMP Quality Assurance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Quality Assurance activities and ICH and FDA/EU GMP regulations as they relate to clinical trials, product development, manufacturing, and technology transfer.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in interpretations of cGMP regulations, both US and international
  • ASQ certification or equivalent is a plus.
  • Sound knowledge of cGMPs or equivalent regulations
  • Ability to interpret and relate Quality standards for implementation and review
  • Travel 10-20% will be required.

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Quality Systems Manager (GCP)
(Ref# QSM0114UH)

Develop and manage ACADIA's quality management system (processes and procedures) to ensure regulatory compliance to established quality policies and applicable US GCP regulations that are required to support US new drug development and commercial activities. Primary responsibilities include management of drug development SOP systems and procedures, archiving of QA records, conducting local GCP audits, contribution to global GCP audits, assistance in FDA audits, follow-up and management of CAPA, and facilitation of GCP/QA training program.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

B.S. in life sciences (Chemistry/Biology), Engineering or equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience. A minimum of 8 years progressively responsible experience in the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry with a focus on GMP Quality Assurance. Must possess:

  • At least 5 years' experience with conducting GCP audits and supporting GCP regulatory authority inspections
  • In-depth knowledge of GCP, FDA regulations, quality systems, and Quality Assurance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of FDA and EU Regulations and Guidances governing GCP, GLP and GMP activities as well as current regulatory trends.
  • Experience with controlled documents, change control and CAPA systems
  • Experience with the implementation and management of Quality Systems is essential
  • ASQ certification or equivalent is a plus.
  • Ability to interpret and relate Quality standards for implementation and review
  • Prepared to take initiatives without constant supervision
  • Well-developed diplomatic and communication skills
  • Proactive approach to problem solving
  • Travel 10-20% will be required.

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Temporary Document QC Specialist
(REF#DQS0414MW)

The Temporary Document QC Specialist will be a quality-focused, detail-oriented individual who will perform quality control (QC) reviews of regulatory documentation. The role coordinates with all departmental functions in providing document QC services. This role requires expertise in reviewing, updating, and editing regulatory documentation for structural consistency, technical accuracy, and clarity to ensure Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in life sciences; equivalent education and experience may be considered. Minimum of 3-5 years related experience in document quality control and knowledge of regulatory and industry standards and Good Clinical Practices (GCP).
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Regulatory policies, procedures, and industry standards.
  • Experience and ability to follow Standardized Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Knowledge in use of spreadsheets and selected job specific software, including Adobe, and Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge of database software, including an electronic publishing system and electronic document management systems (EDMS).
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing & verbally, and with others in a professional manner.
  • Proven ability to navigate and extract information from information systems.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • High-motivation, dependability, and trustworthiness.
  • Ability to take initiative and consult the Regulatory Manager to make decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with electronic data management systems preferred.

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Temporary Clinical Operations Associate
(REF#COA0214RM)

The Temporary Clinical Operations Associate will support Inspection Readiness activities for Clinical Operations; conduct gap assessments and risk mitigations for Trial Master Files at ACADIA, CROs and Investigator Sites; work with CROs and Clinical Vendors on vendor management and oversight related activities and partner with Clinical Operations and CRO personnel to resolve issues identified during GCP audits of investigator sites and clinical vendors. The incumbent will conduct pre-study and post-study document reviews and develop / closeout CAPAs. The individual will partner with Quality Assurance on all GCP QA Inspection Readiness related activities.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • B.S. in life science or related
  • Minimum 5 years related experience
  • High skill level with relevant PC and software programs, including MS Office skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to interact easily with all levels within and outside of the organization; tactful; mature; flexible

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Temporary CMC Technical Writer
(Ref# TTW0114MC)

The Temporary CMC Technical Writer will create and/or revise CMC dossier content from source documentation for regulatory submissions and will provide writing support for technical reports. The incumbent will have essential duties and responsibilities such as writing and reviewing protocols and/or reports for process development and manufacturing studies; writing CMC sections of a dossier from source documentation and writing, reviewing and proof-reading CMC documents as needed. Other duties as assigned. This is intended to be a 3-month assignment. Only local candidates will be considered.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • BS in Chemistry or life sciences.
  • Demonstrated CMC submission technical writing skills required.
  • Experience with small molecule product filings with at least 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing or development is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English language with strong proof-reading skills required.
  • Expertise with ChemDraw and MS Office (Word, Excel, VISIO) is essential. Experience with templates and a Documentum-based system is a plus.

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General and Administrative Positions



Sr. Administrative Assistant, Investor Relations
(Ref# SAA0414LB)

Provides advanced administrative support to Investor Relations and Legal. Handles complex details and advanced administrative duties; may handle special projects and execute research and data analysis tasks. Work is often of a critical or confidential nature.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • An Associate's degree or equivalent and a minimum of 4 years related experience, preferably in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry.
  • Previous IR experience highly desired
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to comprehend complex instructions and maintain written records
  • Demonstrated ability to schedule and coordinate multiple projects, priorities and resources
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality work
  • Ability to think through a project or task of some complexity and execute from beginning to end independently. Proven ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Effective organizational, communication, and time management skills
  • Proficiency in all MS Suite programs
  • Ability and willingness to learn new programs
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, judgment and flexibility
  • Proficiency at supporting effective interactions between team members and among cross-functional teams
  • Ability to effectively share information and ideas within and outside of department in written or verbal form; able to put forth own ideas and gain understanding from others
  • Ability to plan for the needs of the manager(s) supported
  • Ability to implement process improvements

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Head, Business Development
(Ref# DBD0114UH)

Responsible for generating new asset and partnership opportunities that are consistent with the corporate strategy and complement our R&D and product portfolios. Identifies, evaluates and executes on growth opportunities for new potential products and product candidates in the US and globally through in-licensing, acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships to drive revenue, expand into new markets, develop new market opportunities in existing markets and increase market share. Evaluates potential transactions related to Acadia’s internal portfolio to maximize shareholder value. Leads evaluation, diligence and negotiation activities and closes deals.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Finance or related; Master's degree preferred. A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience within financial analysis, investment banking, venture capital, corporate development or similar with 8 or more years directly and progressively responsible experience in business development, transactional/licensing and/or mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical or related industry. International business experience highly desirable. Must possess:

  • Excellent M&A valuation and research skills, and ability to translate analyses into sound strategic recommendations
  • Valuation experience using discounted cash flows, comparable companies analysis, precedent transactions, and sum-of-parts
  • Track record of successfully negotiating and closing transactions
  • Ability to work with business teams to identify fundamental business drivers and risks to those drivers, and translate them into modeling parameters
  • Ability to work in a results-oriented, project-driven, real-time team environment, prioritize projects and deliver quality results within tight time constraints
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Management of staff and ability to effect change across multiple organization departments
  • Ability to think strategically as well as to act tactically
  • Prior experience interacting with Senior Executives
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential data
  • Ability to connect with people and work multi-culturally
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel extensively

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Temporary Accounts Payable Specialist
(Ref# TAPS1113CF)

The Temporary Accounts Payable Specialist performs full and complete cycle of accounts payable activities. These include and are not limited to coding and auditing of invoices/expense reports, weekly check runs, vendor maintenance, month-end close tasks and annual 1099 reporting. The incumbent must adhere to corporate policies, government regulations and ensure all deadlines are met. They generate reports, general journal entries, conduct specialized research projects and respond to inquiries as required. The Temporary Accounts Payable Specialist provides support to employees and vendors.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • Normally requires a high school diploma and a minimum of 4 - 6 years related experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains).
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience in a SOX environment or similar strongly preferred.

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Commercial Positions



Director, Sales Training and Development
(Ref# DST0414DD)

The Director, Sales Training and Development will be responsible for creating and maintaining the field-based training platform and resources necessary for in-line supervisors to use to develop employees during initial on-boarding, and on an on-going basis. The incumbent's core role is to ensure sales and account management employees have the material needed to appropriately train for success in their jobs.

Experience and Education Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (science or business preferred) or equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience.
  • MBA preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience in pharmaceutical or medical sales and training, with a minimum of 6 years in a training or sales leadership role.
  • Demonstrated leadership and teaching / facilitation ability
  • Proven ability in creating effective sales training materials
  • Proven application of adult learning principles
  • Experience in launching a product (Sales, Managed Markets and/or Sales Training) is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to complete verbal and written evaluations of others
  • Organization, initiative, and self-motivation
  • Project and vendor management experience
  • Professionalism, integrity, and the ability to comply to strict policy, work in a highly regulated environment, and maintain confidential information and data
  • Up to 30% overnight travel will be required

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