Executive Director, Viral Vaccines

Pearl River, New York
May 16, 2022
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


In partnership with the Vice President for Viral Vaccines, the role will set strategy for viral vaccine programs based on extensive industry and basic scientific experience, expertise in virology, immunology, vaccinology, high containment research, and viral pathogenesis. The incumbent is expected to lead a research team, communicate with external stakeholders and collaborators to advance our programs, and establish external visibility and leadership. Requirements for this role include expertise in virology (including SARS-CoV-2), synthetic biology, immunology, working knowledge of RNA-based vaccines and established industry experience in vaccine research and development. Must have experience in viral vaccine research and development, working knowledge of vaccine trials, and regulatory affairs.Experience with formulation science and manufacturing is a plus.

The candidate needs to provide leadership, scientific and technical support for a diversified research staff.The role also requires experience and established track record in working with multifunctional teams outside of a reporting structure, presenting research and strategy as well as report writing, responding to regulatory questions, and publishing research findings. The incumbent will require global scientific alliance management with external parties to oversee the scientific aspects of a pandemic vaccine transitioning into a post pandemic period.

Experience in providing scientific leadership for a BSL3 virology laboratory, institutional leadership, a global scientific reputation, a history of developing licensed vaccines and a track record of strong interactions with NIH and other US government research institutions highly desirable.


  • With the VP Viral Vaccines, the incumbent will provide strategic leadership for one or more vaccine programs.
  • Leads a motivated, committed and engaged project team. Models and expects effective team behavior to achieve the project goals. Leads direct reports and non-reports, reviewing all experimental designs and data.
  • Establish relationships with and serve as a primary scientific liaison with external alliance partners, including collaborating companies, government agencies and non-governmental organizations
  • Ensures that intellectual property is appropriately obtained and safeguarded.
  • Represent Research on the cross-functional Vaccine Program Team as Research Lead, operating at the interface between research and development, coordinating with non-research functions including life cycle management.
  • Take a key role in communication about vaccine programs in internal Pfizer documents and external patent applications, regulatory submissions, scientific papers, and other communications.
  • Participate in the management of the Viral Vaccines group, including the supervision of junior colleagues, the group budget, laboratories, and compliance.

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


  • Strong knowledge of virology, vaccinology, immunology, viral pathogenesis, high containment research and 10 + years of experience in the field.
  • Able to effectively direct a laboratory-based, industrial vaccine discovery and development program.
  • Proven track record of project advancement and delivery in vaccines
  • Practical experience with SARS-CoV-2 surveillance, viral serology, RNA vaccine technologies, BSL3 laboratory work, and synthetic virology
  • Global scientific reputation as evidenced by publication record and interaction with NIH or other established government research agencies.
  • Understanding of the business aspects of vaccines, and viral vaccine scientific, clinical and competitive landscape
  • Demonstrated innovation and the ability to apply knowledge, techniques and skills to identify and validate best new technologies.
  • Experience of providing scientific leadership for projects in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • MD or a PhD in virology or a related field.
  • 10 + years industry experience in pre-clinical research and in vaccine technical development with working knowledge of both scientific and non-scientific aspects.

Organizational Relationships

  • Regular interactions with:
  • VP of Viral Vaccines
  • Vaccines Research and Development scientists
  • Cross-Functional Program Team members
  • VRD management
  • External collaborating institutions, including the governmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Direct familiarity with organizations and leaders of global virology surveillance systems.

Financial Accountability

  • Assist in managing the program budget and interacting with the Commercial organization to assess potential future economic value and probability of success of vaccine candidates.


  • May directly manage up to 5-10 colleagues.
  • Indirectly manage a much larger and evolving cross-functional team to advance and manage the scientific aspects of the development and life cycle management of a viral vaccine candidate and vaccine.

Other Job Details:

  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus
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