Director of Immunology Job

Employer
Location
Boston, MA, US
Posted
April 20 2017
Organization Type
Pharma
Director of Immunology-BIO004823

Description

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Immunologist with a strong understanding of drug development to lead our Autoimmunity/Inflammation Discovery team at Merck, Boston. He/she will provide strategic, focused, innovative and flexible leadership for the therapeutic area. The successful candidate will lead the therapeutic areas target discovery and validation efforts as well as the non-clinical evaluation of drug candidates. He/she will lead the overall strategy for both internal programs as well as potential in-licensing opportunities. He/she will directly manage a team of approximately 20 PhD scientists and research associates. As the head of the autoimmune/inflammation team, this individual needs to be a natural leader who has a demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire others and is a good team player. The candidate is expected to be up to date on advanced technologies for autoimmunity/inflammation and actively apply new concepts as appropriate to continuously improve functional area capabilities. This position reports to the Executive Director of Immunotherapy at Merck, Boston.

Qualifications

Education:

- MD, PhD or PhD with 12 years’ experience in industry or academia, preferably in immunology or relevant cell biology.

Required:

- A Ph.D. in immunology or relevant cell biology.as well as 10+ years of post-graduate experience is required. Prior industry experience is a strong plus
- Expertise in inflammation and or cancer immunology. Familiar with emerging new science and/or technologies.
- Proven experience in conceiving, building and managing a pipeline of autoimmune/ inflammation-based research projects, from target selection to proof of principle.
- Established network of KOLs and academic partners in the immunology arena
- Management experience directly managing people and/or leadership role leading project teams.
- Ability to assume a leadership role to build and deliver a modality agnostic pipeline of Discovery projects, experience in the drug development process from discovery stage to IND-enabling studies a strong plus.
- Expertise with in vitro assay development, primary immune cell assays, and mechanism of action studies.
- Excellent problem solving skills for developing creative solutions and for maintaining timelines.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to execute experimental plans and deliver results is key to the success of this role.
- Strong leadership and organizational skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills are a must.

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Biology-Discovery

Job Title:Dir, Biology-Discovery

Primary Location: NA-US-MA-Boston

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Company Trade Name:Merck