Sr. Director, Vaccines R&D

San Diego, CA, US
Nov 23, 2020
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.

This role leads the Vaccine Research and Development activities within the Vaccines Business Unit. It inspires scientific direction and oversees group operations including vaccine discovery, assay development, molecular biology, virology and clinical immunology activities. This role also provides leadership and support to project teams with interactions across research, CMC, clinical, regulatory, quality, and other cross-functional partners.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Manage a team of scientists responsible for development and characterization of vaccines in vitro, in vivo and in humans
  • Oversee and provide leadership, technical and strategic direction for the various aspects of vaccine development including:
  • New vaccine construct design and proof-of-concept characterization.
  • Assay development/qualification/validation/tech transfer
  • Nonclinical and clinical evaluation of immune response and efficacy of vaccines
  • Regulatory submissions
  • CRO Management
  • Build and strengthen the Vaccines Research and Development core technical capabilitie
  • Ensure proper staffing and resourcing. Ensure team effectiveness including setting team member expectations and providing coaching and feedback to direct reports.
  • Demonstrate strong use of core competencies with a focus on building cohesive and high performing teams, fostering resourcefulness, and engaging in healthy conflict.
  • Develop and manage group budgets.
  • Mentor and develop talent within Research and Development organization.
  • Provide Subject Matter Expertise to Emergent vaccine development programs
  • Participate in identifying and reviewing new opportunities, including preparing contract and grant proposals to secure external funding
  • Interact closely with staff in Scientific Affairs, M&A, Regulatory Affairs, QA, Clinical & Non-clinical Development, Finance, and Business Development to develop strategies, prepare budgets, and to coordinate objectives, resources, and timelines
  • Perform other duties as assigned/required

The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management's assignment of essential functions.

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Microbiology, Immunology or related Life Sciences field
  • 15+ years of related vaccine development experience, including 10+ years of progressively responsible management experience in an industrial setting.
  • Experience with preclinical blood products/biologics product development particularly in the design and execution of nonclinical and clinical studies. Experience with assay development, assay validation, process development, and formal animal studies.
  • Familiarity with GLPs, GMPs, and GCP requirements required.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including track-record of scientific expertise demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and presentations
  • Proven experience in problem solving, decision making, building effective teams, mentorship and leadership

There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

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

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce. Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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