Associate Director/Director, Pharmacology

94080, South San Francisco
Mar 16, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Associate Director/Director, Pharmacology

Calithera is seeking an Associate Director/Director, Pharmacology to oversee the in vivo evaluation of our novel small molecule oncology pipeline.  The role requires broad experience in the development of small molecule anti-cancer treatments ideally with experience in immuno-oncology models.  The ideal candidate will be adept at interacting with various groups both within the company and external to the company. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee strategy, design, and execution of pharmacology and PK/PD studies in relevant rodent models to advance small molecule oncology programs.
  • Work independently to identify key experimental questions and solve experimental problems.
  • Critically analyze data, provide data summaries for project team and senior management team, and recommend strategic and/or tactical adjustments based on the data when warranted.
  • Be a key member of the multi-disciplinary research project teams.
  • Independently design and execute experimental strategies to investigate drug and target-related toxicities and mechanisms of action. 
  • Be accountable for the oversight of key CROs.
  • Be accountable for the preparation of documents for regulatory filings and interactions with partners and collaborators.



Qualifications and Requirements:

•   Advanced degree (Ph.D.) in pharmacology or related discipline.


•   Experience in the pharmaceutical industry (minimum of 5 years); oncology drug development experience strongly preferred.


  • Experience with immuno-oncology models preferred.

•   Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams.

•   Excellent verbal and written language skills.

•   Excellent organizational and time management skills.

•   Experience with managing studies conducted at CROs.

Calithera Biosciences, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status.


Interested candidates should submit their resume to