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Director of Translational Medicine

Reference Number: 2925
Location: MA

Our client is a rapidly growing biotechnology company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Director of Translational Medicine.

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Research, the Director of Translational Medicine will have primary responsibility for strategic oversight, development, adaptation, and operational implementation of immunoassays and biomarker assays for assessment of vaccine efficacy during human clinical trials.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborates on the identification and development of immunoassays and/or biomarkers of vaccine potency and efficacy.
  • Oversees all aspects of adaptation of these assays into clinically acceptable formats with appropriate quality control standards in place.
  • Responsible for oversight of logistics, sample receipt and management, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data, documentation, and communication of results internally and externally.
  • Responsible for development and execution of vaccine biological potency assays in support of product release and stability.
  • Responsible for managing several direct and dotted line reports in a matrixed environment.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • PhD in a scientific discipline.
  • Leadership experience with clinical immunoassays and biomarker research in the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Must have experience developing and adapting immunoassays and/or biomarker assays into clinically acceptable formats that meet appropriate quality systems.
  • Significant experience with implementation of assays during clinical trials with stage-appropriate sample management and processing, logistics, data analysis and interpretation, LIMS or other data management systems, and documentation of source material required.
  • Proven leadership in a similar role/function is compulsory.
  • Experience with clinical CRO management and vaccine development is preferred.
  • Familiarity with stage-appropriate regulatory requirements is a plus.
  • Hands-on experience with real-time quantitative PCR, flow cytometry, T cell ELISPOT, ELISA, and other immunoassays.
  • Experience with mechanism of action-driven cell based assays a plus.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills are mandatory, including the ability to leverage analytical and interpretive skills for strategic planning.
  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision, set goals to meet aggressive timelines, motivate teams, and develop strategic plans and operational initiatives with senior leadership.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 2925. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.