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Scientific Associate Director/ Scientific Director, Translational Medicine Immunology

Status: Archived
CompanyBristol Myers Squibb
LocationSan Diego, CA
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Job Description

Working with Us
Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those aren’t words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. You’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.


Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives. Read more:



At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease, with one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry, each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.     


Translational Medicine at BMS 

Translational Medicine is part of the Global Research and Early Development organization in BMS and leads late stage clinical, pharmacological and translational research and development activities for the pipeline and supports the late-stage portfolio for regulatory, translational development and life cycle management. The Immunology, Cardiovascular, Fibrosis, and Neurology (ICFN) Translational Medicine Disease Team drives the strategy for the multiple disease areas of interest, including Rheumatology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Neuroscience, Heart Failure, Thrombosis, and Lung Fibrosis. This group integrates laboratory science, clinical trial biomarkers, and asset development as well as disease research to maximize the potential of BMS’ current and future therapeutics. 


Reporting to Senior Scientific Director, Translational Medicine, the TM Scientific Director will be part of the late stage  TM group. This position is open to BMS sites in San Diego, Cambridge, MA and New Jersey. The individual will be responsible for TM and clinical biomarker activities to support drug development programs in multiple disease areas including GI and neurology.  This individual will have the opportunity to assume biomarker lead responsibilities, such as serving as biomarker representative on study teams, setting up biomarker plans for individual trials and ensuring appropriate collection of, timely analysis and reporting of final biomarker data.  The individual will interact with key opinions leaders and initiate and/or facilitate collaborations to answer key TM questions. The successful candidate will have prior therapeutic area and clinical development experience in biotech/pharma organizations interacting with project teams, clinical research physicians, statisticians, computational biologists, contract research organizations and translational scientists to deliver science that supports the development of medicines to patients in need.  


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for serving as a biomarker lead on individual clinical studies  including activities such as biomarker plan generation, data analysis and presentation
  • Ensures timelines met for ongoing late stage translational activities including biomarker clinical trial activities and KOL collaborations
  • Supports management of team budgets and shepherding contracts through internal processes
  • Implements translational activities through direct interaction with clinical research physicians, statisticians, clinical operations, computational biologists, contract research organizations, academic experts, and internal translational scientists as needed
  • Aids in biomarker data delivery for clinical studies through working with relevant functions and CROs; responsible for aiding in creation of SOWs and interfacing with CRO for execution of services
  • Supports regulatory submissions and regulatory interactions as needed


Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Understanding of drug discovery and development, especially late stage development
  • Experience in activities required for and related to clinical trial initiation, maintenance and completion
  • Experience in interacting with CROs and KOLs to manage projects and timelines
  • Proven scientific/leadership expertise (working in teams, mentoring people, managing projects)
  • Accountable for timelines and deliverables
  • Prioritizes risks and implements contingency plans
  • Communicates regularly; prepares and delivers presentations within the department, to governance and senior leadership bodies, and externally as requested
  • Recognizes cross-functional issues and communicates within the larger organization. Provides expert guidance to multi-disciplinary teams and senior management. Has a track record of delivering results, driving continuous improvements, and building effective cross-functional networks.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Accurate and detailed record keeping
  • Excellent organizational skills



Scientific Associate Director:

  • PhD or equivalent advanced degree in the Life Sciences with 8+ years of academic and/ or biotech/pharma clinical development experience


Scientific Director:

  • Ph.D., or equivalent advanced degree in the Life Sciences with 10+ years of academic and/ or biotechnology/pharmaceutical clinical development experience.   
  • Candidate must be a rigorous, detail-oriented scientist, with excellent record keeping and organizational skills. Must be a highly flexible, results oriented, independent self-starter who enjoys working in a fast paced dynamic environment. Candidate experience and skillset will determine appropriate level for role.


The starting compensation for this job is a range from $173,000 - $217,000, plus incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility). The starting pay takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and where the job is performed. Final, individual compensation is decided based on demonstrated experience. For more on benefits, please visit our BMS Careers site. Eligibility for specific benefits listed in our careers site may vary based on the job and location.


Why You Should Apply

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.



If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.


Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.


On-site Protocol
Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.


COVID-19 Information
To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.


BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can perform complex functions through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.


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