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Director, Immunology

South San Francisco, California


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The Position

We are seeking a highly motivated and scientifically excellent Director to join the Biochemical and Cellular Pharmacology (BCP) Department and lead the Immunology-related drug discovery efforts.  BCP Department members are responsible for the design and execution of rigorous, quantitative, and physiologically-relevant in vitro biochemical and cell-based functional assays.  Moreover, they collaborate within multi-disciplinary teams to discover and evolve project molecules from the earliest screening efforts at project inception to the characterization of the final IND candidate. 

In this role, you will lead Biochemical and Cellular Pharmacology efforts through direct management and mentorship of Scientists prosecuting large molecule projects in Immunology and other therapeutic areas. Additionally, you will function in a matrix supervisory role to BCP Scientists who prosecute small molecule Immunology projects.  You will function as the disease area leader within BCP for the Immunology portfolio and collaborate with Research leadership to support the delivery of therapeutically relevant assay systems to all Immunology programs.    

Moreover, you will continually adapt and evolve our innovative technology platforms to advance the next generation of targets and therapeutic modalities.  You will be a member of the BCP senior leadership team and work directly with the Vice President on department strategy as well as budget and resource deployment.  You and your team will work closely with various Research and Developmental Sciences functions, such as Immunology, Antibody Engineering, and Protein Chemistry to drive transformational therapies into the clinic.

Who You Are

The successful candidate must have experience leading teams of Ph.D. level Scientists to deliver new medicines for patients. She/he must have a PhD or equivalent in Immunology or a related discipline with at least 10 years of work experience including prior experience managing a team of Scientists.  The candidate should have deep knowledge and understanding of the biological principles underpinning immunological disease states. The candidate must have expertise with in vitro assay development including expertise in deriving and maintaining physiologically-relevant immune cell models.  She/he must also be familiar with cutting-edge technology in the drug discovery space and be able to partner with Business Development to identify the most strategic opportunities for Genentech. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in leading large molecule drug discovery project teams and making high-impact scientific findings.  The candidate must also be an excellent communicator and have a solution-oriented mindset toward both scientific problems and team dynamics.  Excellent leadership skills are required.  

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Who We Are

Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world's most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.

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