Clinical Scientist/ Sr. Clinical Scientist

San Diego, California
Jul 26, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

 Xencor Inc. is an innovative biotechnology company located in the Los Angeles area (near Pasadena) and in San Diego. We use our pioneering XmAb® technology to develop better biotherapeutics/antibodies that target new biological mechanisms and have the potential to be more potent, safer and longer lasting with the goal of improving patient outcomes and quality of life.  Currently, we have five programs in clinical development (four in oncology) and plan to start clinical development of two more oncology programs within the next year. In addition to generating an internal pipeline of novel drug candidates, our XmAb® technology has enabled multiple collaborations with leading biopharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Amgen, MorphoSys, Merck, CSL, Janssen(J&J), Alexion and Boehringer Ingelheim.  

We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Scientist/Senior Clinical Scientist (Oncology) to join our team. Our employees are the most important factor in our success and we have assembled a highly talented group from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to execute our business plan and shape our future. Xencor employees value new ideas and flexibility and demand from each other scientific rigor, a passion for innovation, and a willingness to take risks.

The Clinical Scientist/Senior Clinical Scientist (Oncology) will play an integral role in facilitating successful and timely initiation and completion of the Company’s clinical development programs.  The Clinical Scientist/Senior Clinical Scientist (Oncology) will work directly with members of the Clinical Development group and with Xencor Clinical Operations, Clinical Project Managers, Data Management and Biostatistics, Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) and Clinical Investigators to plan, execute and monitor medical aspects of selected clinical oncology trials. The successful candidate will operate in a highly detailed and organized fashion in collaboration with the study Medical Director, with the goal of efficiently driving each program through the clinical development process.  The Clinical Scientist/Senior Clinical Scientist (Oncology) will have a strong familiarity with good clinical practices, be a highly motivated, hands on, detail-oriented individual with the ability to formulate, develop and execute clinical trials and be able to operate in a highly dynamic environment.

The Clinical Scientist/Senior Clinical Scientist (Oncology) is an office-based position with job duties that may include:

• In concert with Study Medical Directors, create required clinical trial documents including clinical protocols, investigator brochures, DSURs and clinical modules of the IND

• Work closely with Clinical Operations to execute the clinical trial with high quality and according to timelines

• Perform ongoing review of clinical data, query generation/resolution and data analysis, including review of draft listings to support data cleaning and interpretation

• Provide scientific expertise to Clinical Operations by responding to questions or clarifying issues arising during study conduct

• Provide internal safety monitoring for clinical trials in collaboration with the Study Medical Director

• Provide medical input for the clinical database build, CRFs, monitoring plan, data management plan, safety monitoring plan and statistical analysis plan

• Develop and maintain relationships with clinical trial investigators and therapeutic area key opinion leaders as needed

• Lead review of study data (e.g. Tables, Listings and Figures and emerging bioanalytical data) and development of CSRs, clinical presentations and publications

• Support other members of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs departments, as may be required

• Participate as a standing member of multidiscipline Project Teams

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.              


• Degree in life sciences (PhD, RN, PharmD, MS, BS) with oncology clinical research experience and strong hands-on working knowledge of drug development 

• 5+ years’ (4+ years in oncology) directly relevant pharmaceutical industry experience in clinical development with previous experience as a clinical scientist, including: data review, safety monitoring, protocol development, supporting data analyses, interpretation and publications, experience working on cross functional clinical trial teams and liaising with study investigators 

• Prior experience with relevant tasks throughout the entire study life cycle, from study concept to database lock and CSR, is a plus.

• Prior experience with monoclonal antibody biologics/immunotherapy clinical development is a plus

• Experience in translational medicine/early phase clinical trials is a plus

• Self-starter, highly motived, highly organized and hands on with outstanding attention-to-detail

• Able to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks and goals to ensure the timely, on-target and within-budget accomplishment

• Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills

• Experience in analysis and interpretation of emerging clinical data, including use of software packages to analyze data (e.g. pivot tables) and EDC:  MS Office Suite, Visio, GraphPad Prism, Spotfire, Medidata RAVE, Inform etc.

We strive to create an environment that will challenge, motivate, and reward our employees for meeting the changing demands of creating breakthrough therapeutics. Xencor has a highly collaborative structure that integrates co-workers with different skill sets into teams for product and technology development.  With an emphasis on attaining the best and most highly qualified candidates in their respective fields, we offer a competitive salary & benefits package. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please submit a cover letter & resume. For further information about Xencor, please visit our website at   EOE