Director/Senior Director, Cancer Biology

Lake County, IL, US
Dec 15, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
AbbVie is at the forefront of cancer research, discovering and developing the next generation of treatments to address unmet medical need for cancer patients. Our strong pipeline includes both small molecule and biologic therapeutic approaches with first in class agents that target multiple pathways central to the growth and survival of both solid and hematological malignancies. We are currently seeking an accomplished cancer biologist with the ability to lead and guide target discovery from conception, validation to drug optimization.

Job description:

The Director/Sr. Director, Cancer Biology will expand, strengthen and strategically lead a research department at the forefront of cancer biology. The successful candidate will be responsible for defining the scientific vision and executing on the strategy to enhance the AbbVie pipeline. This role includes guiding the science and developing a deep understanding of tumor biology by multiple technology platforms and '-omic' databases that can be translated into novel breakthrough therapies. Understanding the tumor biology is geared towards discovering unappreciated regulatory nodes in cancer with the goal of coupling target discovery with patient selection. The candidate will also leverage emerging therapeutic technologies to develop agents that can effectively modulate the function of novel cancer targets that elicits the desired phenotype.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Propagate a development-oriented culture and champion the growth of a talented and aspirational team of cancer biologists. Develop and empower talent within the department.
  • Identify, engage, and ensure the success of research collaboration across AbbVie's global R&D network and the external scientific community.
  • Maintain high-functioning and synergistic cross-functional relationships across the AbbVie discovery organization.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest scientific advancements (e.g. competitive landscape, new technologies and partnerships) and be well informed about emerging trends in oncology research and development to deliver the next generation of oncology discovery concepts.
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with allied disciplines (e.g., DMPK, safety/toxicology, protein biochemistry, pharmaceutics, and biologics) in order to efficiently progress multiple projects through Discovery and into Early Development.

The exact position will be commensurate of experience

  • PhD in Life Sciences or equivalent with a minimum of 12+ years of relevant industrial experience in oncology positions of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated expertise in drug discovery from early research through IND-filing and translational science. Experience in progressing multiple pre-clinical candidates to IND approval is preferred.
  • Experience in leading a high performing, mid-sized biology/drug discovery group of > 15 people in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company. Proven record in developing people and fostering creativity, productivity, accountability and execution with a sense of urgency.
  • Proven scientific leadership with a track record of scientific innovation and accomplishment in disease biology research and oncology target discovery as evidenced by quality and quantity of publications, patents and conference presentations.

Key Leadership Competencies
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners to enable higher performance.
  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence" and can change course quickly where indicated.
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to work within a team environment.

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