Director of Immunology

Location
San Diego, California, United States
Posted
Jul 17, 2021
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Discipline
Science/R&D, Immunology
Hotbed
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Prometheus Biosciences is a San Diego-based public biotechnology company pioneering a precision medicine approach to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapeutics and companion diagnostic products for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The company's precision medicine platform combines proprietary bioinformatics discovery methods with one of the world's largest gastrointestinal multiomics database to identify novel therapeutic targets and companion diagnostic approaches that will enable tailored treatments based on molecular patient stratification.

POSITION SUMMARY

Working in close collaboration with the Vice President of Immunology and the R&D leadership team, and collaborating across multiple functional areas, the Director of Immunology will play a key leadership role in driving strategy and execution of Prometheus's Discovery efforts from target discovery, target validation, CDx and biomarker discovery, drug candidate screening and selection through IND submission.

This key member of the R&D team will be responsible for therapeutic target hypothesis generation, validation and pre-clinical IND enabling studies. S/he will work closely with the clinical colleagues and collaborators in the translational clinical space as well as data science teams to strategically leverage clinical and translational multidimensional data to inform discovery and development of molecular stratification-enabled novel treatments, as well as put in place translational strategies for early development programs.

Additional responsibilities include managing and mentoring a growing team of program leads and bench scientists of various levels on planning and execution to deliver on program strategy and deliverables. The Director of immunology will ensure overall sound experimental design and use of cutting-edge techniques and technologies to interrogate biological pathways and define their role in disease and set the strategy for targeting them for therapeutic intervention.

This is a unique opportunity to join a top-tier organization pioneering precision medicine approaches in a large market with a dire unmet need and set the scientific foundations to build a leading global immune therapies company.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Target identification and prioritization including development of scientific rationale working in close collaboration with the data sciences group and scientific collaborators and advisors
  • Target biologic validation through in vitro and in vivo systems
  • Lead drug candidate screening and selection efforts using primary and cell line-based assay systems
  • Excellent track record of supervising more junior team members including training, mentoring and coaching to enable career development
  • Provide immunology expertise during diligence and play a key role in licensing decisions
  • Lead and mentor program leads and lab team members

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD, MD, MS, or other relevant post-graduate degree in Immunology or related field with at least 10 years of experience in academia and/or industry, preferably in the field of auto-immune diseases.
  • Proven ability to lead, motivate and manage teams of self-motivated scientists and program leads
  • Deep knowledge of B, T and myeloid cell biology and autoimmune diseases desirable
  • Strong background in both small molecule and biologics drug development desirable
  • Deep expertise in cellular immunology including functional assay development using engineered cell lines, primary cells
  • Experience with complex organoid or explant systems to screen and counter screen drug candidates and select leads desirable
  • Knowledge of murine immunology and in vivo animal models including IBD desirable
  • Prior experience with biomarkers and precision drug development is desirable.
  • Self-motivated with excellent problem-solving, organizational and communication skills.
  • Strong communicator and presenter, with the ability to persuade others and foster open communication across internal and external groups