Join the world-class team at MapLight

It’s an unprecedented time to be in neuroscience. Join us as we translate knowledge about brain circuitry into targeted treatments with the potential to improve the lives of those with difficult to treat brain disorders.

MapLight boasts competitive traditional benefits such as 401K matching, a flexible vacation policy, weekly lunches, and team building events ranging from sailing excursions to bowling nights. But what truly sets us apart is our culture.

At MapLight, you’ll be part of a cohesive and high-functioning team. Rigorous science, transparency, and integrity guide our decision making. MapLight employees are talented and driven but just as committed to inspiring, mentoring and supporting those around them. We each bring diverse backgrounds and skill sets but all share the ambitious vision to achieve transformative therapeutic breakthroughs. Come join our small but mighty team as we leave our mark on the world, and have fun in the process!

Open Positions

Director, Non-Clinical Toxicology

 MapLight is looking for an experienced and creative Director, Non-Clinical Toxicology.  Reporting to the CSO this position will lead the safety strategy, from discovery through both nonclinical and clinical stages, and direct all phases of early investigative toxicology and in vivo non-GLP and GLP toxicology studies, in collaboration with project teams, CROs and consultants. 

Scientist 1, Receptor Pharmacologist

MapLight is looking for an experienced and creative Receptor Pharmacologist to accelerate the development of internal in vitro pharmacology capabilities to further our pre-clinical pipeline. Reporting to the Head of Molecular Biology, this position will also enable mechanism-of-action studies of MapLight drug targets which will provide foundational support for progressing new therapies into clinical development. 

Associate Director, DMPK

We are currently seeking an experienced and creative drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK) expert who will have scientific oversight of small molecule discovery projects.  Reporting to SVP, Drug Discovery, the DMPK subject matter expert will manage in vitro and in vivo PK, ADME and bioanalytical assays through a network of CROs. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with medicinal chemists and other team members to develop and implement studies to address key program DMPK issues and successfully advance research compounds into development.

Director, Analytical Development

We are looking for an experienced and creative Director, Analytical Development.  Reporting to the Vice President, CMC, the Director will manage and lead the Analytical development function ensuring the development and implementation of phase appropriate methods that meet international regulatory requirements for drug substance and drug product safety.

Manager, Clinical Supply Chain

We are searching for a highly motivated Manager Clinical Supply Chain. Reporting to the Associate Director, CMC, the desired candidate will be responsible for managing investigational drug supplies for global clinical trials. The candidate will be responsible for all aspects of clinical supply management including forecasting, labeling distribution, monitoring inventory and IRT vendor oversight. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small team and have a significant impact in addressing unmet patient needs by advancing MapLight’s novel pipeline.

Clinical Research Associate II / Sr. Clinical Research Associate

Reporting to the Lead Clinical Research Associate, the CRA II/Sr. CRA will perform quality and compliant Investigator site monitoring and relationship-driven Investigator site management in line with MapLight’s SOPs, our Mission, Vision, and Values, as well as industry quality and regulatory best practices (ICH GCP). The CRA will perform on-site monitoring and centralized monitoring to ensure subject safety, the highest data integrity, and contribute to proactive risk management and inspection readiness. 

Lead Clinical Research Associate​

Reporting to the Director, Monitoring Strategy and Execution, the Lead Clinical Research Associate will oversee an assigned MapLight study monitoring team to ensure monitoring quality and excellence in line with MapLight’s Mission, Vision, and Values. This role will maintain site management and monitoring responsibilities for assigned sites in addition to study team level work.

Accounting Manager

MapLight is looking for a skilled and resourceful Accounting Manager to join our fast-paced FP&A team.  Reporting to the Assistant Controller, the Accounting Manager’s primary responsibilities include ensuring an accurate and timely month-end close. This includes recording journal entries, reconciling accounts and preparing a monthly reporting package.

Senior Clinical Trial Associate

The Senior Clinical Trial Associate (Sr. CTA) is required to help support Clinical Operations and project teams. The position offers much responsibility and the opportunity to be involved in all phases of the clinical project. The position requires adaptability and the capacity to ‘own’ tasks, problem solve and to see activities through to their end. 

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The MapLight Therapeutics Team

Other Positions

If you are interested in joining the MapLight team and don’t see a specific role identified here that fits your background, get in touch. We remain interested in elite talent and would like to hear from you. Please complete the General Interest Application below.