Director of Scientific Research and Partnerships (PSFC)

About PSFC:

Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative (PSFC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, supports research on and clinical trials of physician-prescribed psychedelic medicines and patient access to these treatments. Emerging research indicates that psychedelics have the potential to be a breakthrough in treating PTSD, depression, addiction, and other conditions. PSFC was born in 2017 out of a realization that psychedelic medicine has the potential to make an enormous impact and has an achievable path to regulatory approval, but has been systemically underfunded. Since PSFC’s founding, we have grown into a community of many of the leading funders of psychedelic medicine supporting organizations at the cutting edge of psychedelic research with funding and expert support.

We operate as a flexible network to:

  • Identify and evaluate high-impact funding opportunities ​in psychedelic medicine
  • Provide advisory support to ​scientists and organizations in the psychedelic field​, including expertise in pharmaceutical development, organizational growth, and public communications
  • Serve as a resource for philanthropists who have specific interests in psychedelics and are interested in advice and collaboration to amplify collective impact
  • Foster community among philanthropists, scientists, and the tireless professionals dedicated to the clinical approval of psychedelic medicine

Position Overview and Responsibilities: 

PSFC has set an audacious goal of raising the philanthropic funding needed to make psychedelic therapy available as a medicine.

As the Director of Scientific Research and Partnerships, you will be responsible for building new partnerships with private and public institutions to establish Psychedelic Centers of Excellence for therapist training and clinical practice of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. You will foster personal connections with department chairs and heads of development at major Universities and healthcare institutions across the United States, as well as with donors who support those institutions. You understand how institutions work and are adept at navigating institutional politics and power structures. Additionally, you bring clinical expertise to the PSFC organization with practical experiences in clinical operations to strengthen our due diligence on clinical trial grant proposals.

As the ideal candidate for the role, you are a strategic thinker, a self-starter, and enjoy building and nurturing relationships. Passionate about psychedelic science, you have stellar communication skills and stay up to speed on trends and opportunities in the psychedelic field.  And as a member of a small, dynamic organization, you are grounded, direct, clear, kind, and a team player.  

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Devise a partnership strategy to work with medical and academic institutions (e.g. Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, top universities, etc.) to build out psychedelic centers of excellence for clinical practice and training
  • Identify and source high-potential institutional prospects through research, strategic outreach, and relationship-building to cultivate new partnerships with academic researchers and institutions
  • Build trusted relationships and champion collaboration with stakeholders in psychedelic medicine
  • As a grantmaker, evaluate incoming grant proposals and provide due diligence on organizations conducting clinical trials
  • Evaluate Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs) on alignment with internal strategic priorities for clinical practice and training
  • Introduce IITs to sponsors who may be able to provide scientific input and or drug product
  • Connect IITs to sponsors who may be able to provide scientific input and/or drug product
  • Build a framework and engagement playbook for clinical partnerships
  • Manage tools to maintain a real-time snapshot of relationships and forecast future opportunities
  • Coordinate with other members of the PSFC team and handle a portion of our shared administrative tasks 


  • 5+ years of experience in business development, partnership management, or management consulting
  • 5+ years of experience working in the healthcare, medical device, or pharmaceutical industry
  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences (MD, PharmD, biology, bioinformatics, biological engineering or similar)
  • Experience with scientific research in a hospital/academic center or innovation office is a plus
  • Experienced working on clinical trials and drug development through to FDA approval
  • Can balance high-level strategic thinking with hands-on execution
  • Are a self-starter and you proactively drive projects toward successful completion
  • Able to lead, motivate and understand the needs of others
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • Willing to travel. Must be willing to travel in the US for partnership meetings and conferences.

Details and Application Instructions:

The position will be a full-time staff position based in San Francisco. To apply, please submit your application on our website at

PSFC is an equal opportunity organization and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law.



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