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Associate Director, Science

Company: Covance
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Job Description:

Job Overview: We are conducting a search for a highly experienced oncology, adoptive cell therapy discovery expert to become part of a scientific team, working directly with clients to enhance their discovery efforts through research outsourcing at Covance in Ann Arbor, MI. This role will expose the incumbent to the entire spectrum of the oncology discovery effort, however, we are searching for someone with a focused background on adoptive cell therapies (CAR/TCR T cell, NK cell therapies, etc---) including the full diversity of related models and technologies. Deep and broad knowledge of current adoptive cell therapy discovery and translational paradigms is essential to success in this role, as is knowledge of the molecular and cellular approaches and targets in oncology drug discovery. The successful incumbent will have five key duties/responsibilities:

  • Direct scientific engagement with pharmaceutical company scientists, clients and decision makers with the goal of providing high level scientific input in study design and model execution to determine how, and when their discovery and translational programs would benefit from preclinical oncology outsourcing services.
  • Support the Business Development (BD) goals to secure orders and deepen account penetration through increasing the quality and quantity of meetings with pharmaceutical company scientist; ensure the best possible exchange of information for new opportunities between BD and the scientific team; generate protocols, study designs and proposals to define projects/studies and associated prices.
  • Periodic co-travel with BD (-25% of the time) to various clients and potential clients to support scientific discussion of Companies services and capabilities;
  • Represent the company at relevant scientific and industry conferences, including preparation of oral presentations and/or poster presentations; and
  • Support the continued development of company based scientific marketing collateral and web materials. The Associate/Director, Scientific Development is expected to have solid scientific credentials, with in-coming knowledge of the range of in vitro and in vivo services and models related to CAR T/TCR cell therapies or other adoptive cell therapies. Education/Qualifications:
  • Education - MS or PhD in relevant life sciences field Experience:
    • A specific Subject Matter Expert is being sought:
      • A PhD in the required field of expertise is a prerequisite;
      • Academic credentials will be considered; and
      • A solid publications track record that evidences depth of knowledge will be important.
      • Description of criteria for this incumbent: desired candidate should have depth of experience in adoptive cell therapies for oncology applications. Further, it would be desirable if the incumbent has had exposure to some experience with the application of preclinical in vivo imaging, such that scientific knowledge of the application of in vivo imaging in oncology can directly contribute to discussions with clients.
      • Other Skills:
      • Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical skills.
      • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and listening skills.
      • Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office software, Salesforce.com PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
        • Periodic travel is expected (assume an average of 3-4 days per month, variable).
        • Work/travel may occasionally require engagement over weekends, evenings or holidays.

Keywords: Covance, Ann Arbor , Associate Director, Science, Executive , Ann Arbor, Michigan

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