Director, Discovery Biology - Leading Biotech Company

Location San Diego
Discipline: Pre-Clinical Development
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Salary: $Strong salary, bonus, equity and supporting package.
Contact name: Surbhi Dhar

Contact email:
Contact phone: +1 (617) 982 1238
Job ref: 20953
Published: about 1 month ago
Expiry date: 15 April 2021

​A leading antibody therapeutics company situated in San Diego, is seeking an exceptional candidate for their Director, Discovery Biology opening. The company has programs in Preclinical and Clinical stages in Inflammation and Immuno-oncology indications and good collaborations with leading Pharmaceutical companies.

  • Report into the Senior VP of Translational Medicine and Drug Discovery

  • Title can be flexible to accommodate experience.

  • Small team with plenty of scope for growth

  • Benefit from a culture that encourages collaboration, exploration and promotes a positive outlook


  • Lead target identification, validation and other relevant studies as part of the early discovery and development of their antibody therapeutic candidates (including monoclonal and bispecific antibodies).

  • Design, execute and troubleshoot protocols for immunizations, affinity maturation, design of assays among other things, towards development of new methodologies.

  • Lead and manage projects and maintain collaborations with internal (Preclinical and Clinical) and external (Biopharma, CROs) partners.

  • Participating in writing relevant sections in regulatory filings (like INDs).


  • PhD with 10+ years of relevant industry experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading programs in Preclinical Development up to Phase 1 clinical studies.

  • Great molecular Immunology background and past experience with Inflammation and/or Immuno-oncology is highly desirable

  • Experience collaborating with Clinical functions to ensure translational development of their lead antibody therapeutics

  • Prior experience authoring sections of regulatory filings is valuable

  • Prior knowledge working with external vendors (CROs/CMOs) is preferred

  • Exceptional communication, presentation, organizational and mentoring skills

I manage a range of other permanent and contract positions for a broad portfolio of clients (Biotech, CRO and Pharma). If the above role isn’t for you but you’d nevertheless like to discuss your options in the market, I’d welcome a confidential discussion by phone or email. Contact Surbhi Dhar at +1 (617) 982 1238 or

Salary: $Strong salary, bonus, equity and supporting package.