Senior Director, Discovery Unit

Job Description

The Senior Director, Discovery Unit is responsible for leading the computational discovery team comprised of bioinformaticians, algorithmic scientists, biologists and software engineers in developing discovery programs including writing of algorithms, solutions for data analysis and setting the program workflows. The Senior Director works in a multidisciplinary matrix and cooperates closely with the other R&D teams This role requires strong knowledge and experience in bioinformatic analyses in the pharma/biotech field. Algorithm development and any scientific programming language, development in UNIX environment (advantageous: R, Perl or Python), is a significant bonus.
The Senior Director, Discovery Unit reports to the VP R&D.

Leading the drug discovery unit in the field of immuno-oncology:

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding and knowledge of tools required for the design and development of novel computational and statistical algorithms on biological and clinical data for drug discovery.  Serves as an internal expert in these areas
  • Communicate computational discovery efforts at scientific and management meetings
  • Work closely with program leaders to ensure timely progress in computational programs and work with VP R&D to prioritize programs and resource utilization. Work with senior management to set strategic direction for the unit to advance new innovative programs
  • Assist in development and tracking of unit goals and budgets
  • Lead the development of professional capabilities and computational tools for the use of the discovery efforts

Job Requirements

  • Ph.D/MSc in Mathematics/Bioinformatics /Computational Biology / Physics /Computational Sciences
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in Bioinformatics in biotech/pharma field
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as team leader
  • Programming skills (Required: any scientific programming language, development in UNIX environment, Advantageous: R, Perl or Python)
  • Experience in the field of immuno-oncology-  an advantage
  • Experience with expression and sequence analysis- an advantage
  • Experience with a global company- an advantage
  • Strong leadership, ability to prioritize and manage multiple activities while maintaining creativity and innovation
  • Ability to work independently; proactively addresses issues and troubleshoots problems
  • Maintains excellent working relationships with colleagues and collaborators
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills



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