CARB-X, a Boston University Global Partnership, has an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join our core team at Boston University in the role of Alliance Director or Manager, depending on experience. CARB-X is an entrepreneurial team, focused on accelerating the pre-clinical development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to address antibiotic resistance. Approximately $500M has already been committed to this work, and CARB-X has more than 50 innovative therapeutic, preventative and diagnostic projects in its rapidly growing portfolio. CARB-X brings a holistic approach to working with companies to help them succeed, tapping into a worldwide pool of experts in science, drug discovery and development, and operational effectiveness. More information can be found at www.carb-x.org .
This is a scientific project management role on CARB-X's R&D team providing scientific and business planning, technical support and assessment to a select group (sub-portfolio) of Product Developers across the entire life-cycle of CARB-X projects.
The Alliance Director/Manager will play an important role in the review of the scientific proposals and organizational capabilities of the applicants, helping CARB-X to select a few projects to fund out of the large number of applications received. When a Product Developer enters the CARB-X portfolio, the Alliance role will serve as the leader for support and oversight. The incumbent will proactively identify potential future issues and develop mitigation plans. The Alliance Director/Manager will steward transitions for the Product Developers, including Go/No-Go investment decisions, milestone reviews, down selections, and graduations. The Alliance Manager will contribute significantly to continuous improvements to CARB-X processes related to applicants and Product Developers. This individual will be an ambassador for CARB-X to the external community - interested applicants, portfolio companies, external experts and other stakeholders.
The incumbent will join the R&D team to provide a primary focus on a technology area e.g. therapeutics, diagnostics or preventatives.
The Alliance Director will provide scientific leadership and direct the project management activities for a diverse portfolio of R&D projects across the entire life-cycle of CARB-X projects: managing the process of review and governance decision-making on applications for funding; negotiating contracts with appropriately risk-mitigated project plans and budgets; monitoring and supporting projects as they advance through milestones; and managing their graduation from the scope of CARB-X.
The Alliance Manager will play an important role in the review of the scientific proposals and organizational capabilities of the applicants, helping CARB-X to select a few projects to fund out of the large number of applications received. When a Product Developer enters the CARB-X portfolio, the Alliance Manager will serve as the leader for support and oversight. The Alliance Manager will proactively identify potential future issues and develop mitigation plans, escalating concerns with proposed solutions for those concerns, to leadership.
At least five years directly related experience in leading clinically relevant projects for drug development or diagnostic development may substitute for advanced degree.
At least five years in a leadership role related to a scientific discipline, drug discovery, or drug development. Experience managing across sites and/or with external partners will be valuable. Business development experience in a biotech setting is desirable.
At least 8 years of experience managing drug projects in a biotech or pharma environment is required.
Experience in infectious diseases research. Experience with discovery and development from early discovery through initial clinical trials.
Familiarity with compliance aspects of drug discovery and development projects (e.g. animal care and use compliance and/or human subject research) is desirable.
Strong communication skills in written documents, graphical presentation of information, and oral communication are required.
An Alliance Director should have experience in leading / managing a team of direct reports supporting goals and objectives in support of both organizational as well as individual team member's career/growth objectives highly desirable. The Alliance Director will report to the CARB-X Chief of R&D and will supervise a small portfolio management team.
A Director level will possess a PhD in a field relevant to drug discovery or development. A Manager level will possess a Master's.
CARB-X is a fast-paced environment where creativity, flexibility, and collaboration are essential. In this role, you will work as part of a dedicated CARB-X core team and with BU central offices, to achieve goals and maximize the overall effectiveness of the program. You will interact with diverse product development teams and accelerator partners, U.S. and other governmental and non-governmental funding partners, and the global anti-microbial resistance community.
This is a full-time, grant-funded position, located on the Charles River Campus of Boston University. CARB-X is currently in the final Year 5 of its principal grant funding. A competitive award application process is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021. Boston University will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor
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