Director, Viral Vaccines
In partnership with the Vice President in Viral Vaccines, the role will set strategy for RNA platform improvements for viral vaccine programs. Requirements for this role include expertise in RNA structure, RNA biology, immunology, and working knowledge of mRNA- and self-amplifying mRNA-based vaccines. Established industry experience in RNA-based vaccine or therapeutic research and development and formulation science preferred. 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 provide strategic leadership for RNA platform improvements for viral 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.
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 in advancing the vaccine through developmental stage gates.
Take a key role in communication about vaccine programs in internal Pfizer documents and external patent applications, regulatory submissions, scientific papers, and other communications.
Serve as a primary scientific liaison with external alliance partners, including collaborating companies, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
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 RNA structure, RNA biology, humoral and cellular immunology 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.
Practical experience with RNA vaccine technologies (mRNA, self-amplifying mRNA, circular RNA)
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.
PhD in biology, biochemistry, immunology 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.
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 5-7 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. This is a people manager role.
Strong ability in scientific analysis, cross-functional collaboration, people management, scientific writing, and public speaking required.
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Eligible for Relocation Package
Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus
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