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Associate Director/Director, Clinical Science

Escient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
92121, San Diego
$150,000 - $225,000
Start date
Mar 13, 2023

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Escient is seeking a dynamic, creative and highly motivated individual for the position of Associate Director/Director, Clinical Science to translate research concepts/strategies into specific clinical objectives and activities to ensure program success. This position works with other development team members, external key opinion leaders, patient advocacy organizations, CROs, clinical sites, and consultants to ensure the appropriate scientific rigor in the clinical program.

The ideal candidate is forward thinking and creative with high ethical standards with experience interacting with and building strong relationships with key opinion leaders or trial investigators.  To be considered, candidates must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with drug development professionals and able to respond to changing priorities in a thoughtful, creative manner.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Development of clinical trial designs and protocol in collaboration with external opinion leaders, internal translational science/clinical/medical team
  • Provide input to statistical analysis plans and key contributor to all study related documents (informed consent, study manuals, data management plan, safety management plan, protocol deviation plan, etc.)
  • Collaborate with clinical operations, data management, biostatistics, and safety on execution of clinical studies to achieve program goals
  • Review and interpret clinical study data and contribute to clinical study reports, abstracts, and manuscripts as required
  • Presentation of clinical trial data or other related topics at scientific meetings, advisory board meetings, and internal team meetings
  • Contributor to clinical development strategy and regulatory document preparation and review
  • Remain up to date with therapeutic area science, competitors, regulatory requirements and guidelines
  • Ensure all clinical activities are delivered in accordance with expectations, trial protocol, ICH/GCP guidelines and applicable SOPs and regulations


  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline: MS, PhD or PharmD preferred with 4+ years of drug development experience
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of clinical development process, including clinical trial management and data reviews
  • Proficient at working in both remote and office environments
  • Team player with strong leadership skills
  • Ability to present technical and business aspects of projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to effectively communicate to people at all levels of an organization, to be able to interact and influence, and build strong positive relationships
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, a strong sense of urgency, keen attention to detail, and the ability to plan, organize and successfully execute in an environment under time and resource pressures. Must be focused and able to meet tight timelines.
  • Experience with specialty laboratories to establish new methodology/assay is a plus
  • Current knowledge of GCP, ICH guidelines and FDA regulations, as well as familiarity with EMA/CHMP regulations and guidelines, and other international regulatory requirements.

This is a hybrid remote position, and candidates must be able to report to the San Diego office periodically. Ability to travel as needed, 10-20%.

If you thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and are in search of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team focused on discovering and developing therapies that will positively change the course of the health and well-being of underserved patients, we encourage you to apply. Escient Pharmaceuticals offers a positive and exciting work environment with competitive pay structures and benefits. Escient is an equal opportunity employer.

Escient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Human Resources team manages its own recruitment and employment process. To protect the interest of all parties involved, Escient will only accept resumes from a recruiter if an executed search agreement is in place at the start of the recruitment effort for a particular open position. Unsolicited resumes sent to Escient from recruiters do not constitute or create any type of relationship between the recruiter and Escient, and Escient shall not pay any fees should we hire any individual from those resumes. Recruiters are requested not to contact or present candidates directly to Escient’s hiring manager or employees

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