Director* Translational Sciences (Oncology)

Open for hire at one of the following locations –  Mainz Goldgrube. - Job ID: 7493 


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Director* Translational Sciences (Oncology) 



Your main responsibilities:


  • With deep knowledge and extensive oncology experience, you will drive the translational strategies for the clinical development of oncology programs
  • Provide cross-functional leadership to establish an integrated view of respective translational functions and expertise
  • As a Translational Medicine leader, develop and execute the biomarker strategies from Ph1 to licensure in alignment with BioNTech clinical development objectives
  • Bridge preclinical experimental data to translational strategies in assigned programs to deeply integrate the mechanism of action into the clinical development plan (target engagement, pharmacodynamics endpoints, patient selection) and correlate with clinical outcomes
  • The role will provide scientific, technological, strategic guidance, and hands-on contributions to biomarker programs accompanying clinical trials to drive the company´s R&D programs, including CDx development
  • The role will coordinate biomarker-related program activities with internal and external stakeholders and drive integration of services, technologies, and capabilities to ensure achievement of program goals
  • Provide state-of-the-art biomarker input in regulatory documents (clinical study reports, IND, BLA documentation) Analyze, interpret, and present clinical biomarker data to draw scientifically valid conclusions that support and enable decision-making
  • The role works with cross-functional teams (clinical, regulatory, diagnostics, preclinical) to ensure the key definitions in clinical translational steps agree with clinical development and regulatory approvals
  • The role is accountable for strengthening the interfaces, processes, and approaches across functions and teams within BioNTech and strives for continuous improvement and acceleration


What you have to offer:


  • Ph.D. or PhD/MD in immunology, molecular biology, or related discipline with a scientific background in oncology or immuno-oncology
  • 6 to 10+ years of clinical development experience as biomarker project lead in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry
  • Therapeutic knowledge and scientific accomplishments as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals in oncology or immuno-oncology
  • In-depth understanding of translational medicine and biomarker mechanisms associated with immuno-oncology and targeted therapies
  • Demonstrated managerial experience in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Demonstrated experience with innovative assay development and proven ability to troubleshoot and solve complex problems effectively and experience in collaborating with external specialty laboratories
  • Experience in working within interdisciplinary cross-functional teams with other key development functions (clinical lead, regulatory, biostatistics, operations, and clinical pharmacology) to develop and execute the biomarker strategy in alignment with clinical development objectives
  • Ability to independently drive, manage, execute, and deliver results for a number of complex multi-functional projects


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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