Nephrology Research Therapeutic Area Head (Associate Director)
- Cambridge, MA
2 million! That's the number of people worldwide who currently rely on dialysis or kidney transplant to survive. This number may represent less than 10% of the actual number requiring treatment for kidney related illnesses.
Novartis is committed to ground breaking translational research to discover and develop new therapeutics for patients with acute and chronic kidney disease. The Nephrology research group currently explores primary glomerular diseases, gene therapies for monogenic kidney diseases, and innovative ways to treat polycystic kidney disease.
As the Nephrology Therapeutic Area Head for Disease Area X (DAx), you will contribute to NIBR's mission to advance the "new science of therapeutics" through innovation in therapeutic target and lead discovery, and enabling clinical progression of new therapeutic opportunities for kidney indications. You will lead a team of interdisciplinary scientists in Basel (Switzerland) and Cambridge MA (USA) tasked with:
1. Driving innovation and the discovery of novel targets and therapeutic leads in kidney disease, and driving their progression to the clinic
2. Coordination of cross-functional, cross-site kidney disease activities and catalysation of cross-DA/FA collaborations around translational research, drug discovery, and early clinical development.
YOUR KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Lead a matrixed research group of 11 scientists (3 PhDs who have 8 Scientists reporting to them), and indirectly reporting scientific collaborators (~30 scientists)
- Collaborate with Translational Medicine colleagues to define new clinical opportunities, and recommend potential drug candidates for evaluation in those new indications
- Be the scientific partner to business development colleagues in evaluating external biotech and academic collaborations, to advance science, drug discovery and translational research
- Responsible for portfolio maturation and collaboration with the Portfolio Strategy Director to drive strategy, resourcing, and budget management
- Coordinate the Nephrology Strategic Working Group, an internal scientific advisory board comprised of Novartis specialists in renal diseases, drug hunting, and clinical development
- Member of the DAx leadership team, helping to define the strategic direction of DAx; representing DAx in reviews, internal and external meetings
- Responsible for team development and talent management, encouraging cross-functional collaborations and harmonies to increase team work and time to impact
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What You'll Bring to the Team:
- PhD, or MD with PhD-level research experience
- A completed Postdoc and recognized achievements in kidney research, including credible publications in international journals
- Significant relevant research experience (10+ years) and publications after your PhD/Postdoc from within biotech/pharma, including experience managing projects and research scientists, and having budget responsibilities. Ideally you have experience managing those who themselves are managers.
- Sophisticated project and people leadership skills and experience, successfully influencing matrix/partner management and teams in an interdisciplinary global environment
- Business-level proficiency in English; German advantageous
This position is written for Associate Director. For much stronger applicants, suitable adjustments may be possible for Director.
International relocation is supported. The position will be in Basel or Cambridge: please confirm in your application letter if you wish to be considered for both locations.
About Disease Area X (DAx)
NIBR's DAx focuses on potentially ground-breaking therapeutics that are outside the remit of other NIBR disease areas and has ~100 scientists and physicians working in Basel and Cambridge MA. The group's current research is on liver diseases, kidney diseases, and non-malignant blood diseases with teams working on each, plus exploratory Translational Profiling for disease characterization, target finding, and biomarker discovery.
Why consider Novartis?
799 million. That's how many lives our products touched in 2019. And while we're proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people's lives?
We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you're given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you're empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you're surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world's toughest medical challenges.
Imagine what you could do at Novartis!
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.
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