Oncology and Translational Medicine Lead

US$210000 - US$250000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary
  1. Permanent
  2. Biological Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology
  3. United States
South San Francisco, USA
Posting date: 25 Mar 2024

Oncology and Translational Medicine Lead - Permanent - Onsite

Proclinical Staffing is seeking an Oncology and Translational Medicine Lead to join an innovative early-stage biotech. This is a permanent role located in South San Francisco, CA.

Primary Responsibilities

In this role, you will be a key scientific leader and accountable for all translational research-related work enabling oncology portfolio.

Skills & Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Biology or biological sciences with strong experience and expertise in drug discovery and development.
  • 8+ years of experience in a pharma/biotech industry, with significant experience in leading oncology programs through discovery and early clinical development.
  • Strong background in cancer biology, cancer genetics and immunology required.
  • In-depth understanding in oncology preclinical studies and models, oncology translational space including patient stratification, biomarkers, clinical planning and early clinical development processes and regulatory requirements.
  • Proven leadership capabilities in building, developing, motivating, and retaining effective teams that foster productive collaborations so that they deliver exceptional results under critical timelines.
  • Demonstrated experience managing scientific collaborations and CRO outsourcing activities.
  • Exceptional communication, influencing and partnering skills in a matrixed environment.
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication, and interpersonal skills to work within a team setting and with a collaborative mindset.

The Oncology and Translational Medicine Lead will:

  • Directs and executes translational biology objectives, including program/indication strategy to enable drug discovery and development. Responsible for advancing discovery research into novel cancer therapies, enable novel biomarker and clinical trial strategies.
  • Manages specific oncology programs, directly contributes towards program planning, design of experiments, data interpretation, SAR analysis, and program progression.
  • Build capabilities related to oncology translational biology either internally or working through external partners. Manage resources efficiently and provide expert advice and mentorship/guidance as needed.
  • Act as a thought leader aware of innovative approaches and external competition to strategize on internal oncology programs specifically focusing on mechanisms of response and resistance, combination therapies, biomarkers, patient stratification.
  • Enable discovery research and new target ideation through the insights obtained from the translational work including patient data.
  • Works collaboratively with the company's chemistry, biology, AI/ML teams and CRO partners.
  • Influence decisions regarding selection of New Molecular Entity (NME), IND, Early Development Go/No Go and regulatory approvals.
  • Establish and maintain strong external partnerships with key opinion leaders.
  • Communicates effectively across managerial and drug discovery matrix of disciplines and provide intellectual leadership.
  • Supports projects by providing competitive landscape, collaborative opportunities, and technologies.
  • Creates an inclusive and inspiring scientific environment, working with the leadership team, to build a diverse and highly productive organization.
  • Responsible for prioritizing resources to ensure optimize the budget and deliver on the objectives within defined timelines.
  • Leads by example with integrity and work ethic.


$210,000 - $250,000 annually

If you are having difficulty in applying or if you have any questions, please contact Danielle Bahnasy at (+1) 646-868-5142 or d.bahnasy@proclinical.com.

Proclinical is a specialist employment agency and recruitment business, providing job opportunities within major pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Proclinical Staffing is an equal opportunity employer.