Associate Director* Translational Science

Open for hire at one of the following locations –  Mainz Goldgrube, Cambridge Erie Street, Gaithersburg, London. - Job ID: 5778 


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We aim to reduce the suffering of people with life-changing therapies by harnessing the potential of the immune system to develop novel therapies against cancer and infectious diseases. While doing so, we are guided by our three company values: united, innovative, passionate. Get in touch with us if you are looking to be a part of creating hope for a healthy future in many people's lives.


Associate Director* Translational Science 


Key responsibilities


  • Collaborating with a Translational Lead on the development and implementation of program-specific, integrated biomarker strategies from Ph1 to licensure, in alignment with clinical development objectives
  • Contributing to the translation of preclinical results and approaches to clinical biomarker strategies supporting efficient clinical development of the assigned infectious disease assets through data-driven decision making and regulatory compliance
  • As a member of the cross-functional translational sub-team, partnering with clinical, technical, and scientific colleagues to contribute to the overall biomarker strategy and assist in its execution
  • Provides biomarker and translational contributions to the integrated development plan, clinical development plan, and to regulatory study- or program-related documents such as clinical trial protocols, and -reports, investigator brochures, briefing documents, and market authorization applications
  • Contributes to the execution of the translational and biomarker strategy in the assigned development program(s)


What you have to offer


  • PhD, PharmD, or MD/PhD in Immunology, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Virology, or a related field with <4 years of relevant postdoctoral experience in academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology settings 
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of relevant working experience, preferably in industry settings
  • Prior experience in infectious disease research or vaccine development
  • Previous experience working with clinical samples and/or clinical biomarker assay development
  • Experience with development and implementation of relevant biomarker and immunological assays, including ELISpot, ELISAs, flow cytometry, T cell-based assays, serological assays, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience with innovative assay development and proven ability to effectively troubleshoot and solve complex problems, experience in collaborating with external specialty laboratories is a plus
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and ability to integrate cross-functional information
  • Scientific accomplishments as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Project management expertise is a plus
  • Excellent, broad communication skills in various interpersonal settings as well as excellent organization skills and attention to details
  • Strong writing skills as demonstrated by authorship of peer-reviewed publications and contributions to regulatory communications (e.g., briefing documents, clinical trial protocols, marketing authorization applications)
  • Eagerness to work in the dynamic environment of a fast-growing company and comfortable in working in a matrix environment (global/cross-functional)
  • A genuine interest and understanding of the science supporting the development programs 

Benefits for you

BioNTech is committed to the wellbeing of our team members and offers a variety of benefits in support of our diverse employee base. We offer competitive remuneration packages which is determined by the specific role, location of employment and also the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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Note: The availability, eligibility and design of the listed benefits may vary depending on the location. The final requirements for the individual use of our benefits are based on the company's internal policies and applicable law.


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This vacancy is to be hired at one of the following locations – Mainz Goldgrube, Cambridge Erie Street, Gaithersburg, LondonApply now for your preferred job and location through our careers site.

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