Director, Pharmacology

94080, South San Francisco
Aug 02, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Calithera is seeking a Director of Pharmacology to oversee the in vivo evaluation of our novel small molecule oncology pipeline.  The ideal candidate will be adept at interacting with various groups both within the company and external to the company. 

Company Background

Calithera is focused on discovering and developing small molecule drugs that slow tumor growth through controlling key metabolic pathways in the tumor and immune cells.

Tumor metabolism and tumor immunology are promising new interrelated fields for cancer drug discovery. Recent clinical successes have demonstrated the potential to slow abnormal cell growth and create fundamentally new therapies for cancer patients. Our investigational onco-metabolism medicines take advantage of the specific metabolic requirements of tumor cells and cancer-fighting immune cells.

Calithera’s discovery and development efforts are focused on diseases for which new treatments are urgently needed for patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma, triple negative breast cancer and other tumor types.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee strategy, design, and execution of pharmacology and PK/PD studies in relevant rodent models to advance small molecule oncology programs.
  • Oversee the non-clinical safety pharmacology and toxicology for the Company’s programs at all stages of development from early discovery through NDA.
  • Design and conduct safety evaluation of small molecule programs to support clinical trials and registration.
  • Directly manage a group scientists and research associates
  • Work independently to identify key experimental questions and solve experimental problems.
  • Critically analyze data, provided 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, biology or related discipline.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry (minimum of 5 years); oncology drug development experience strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of cellular pathways and molecular biology is required.
  • Managerial experience is a strict requirement.
  • 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.