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Senior Scientific Director, Head of Innate Immunity

San Diego, California; Spring House, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Requisition ID: 9099190311

Janssen Research & Development, LLC is recruiting for a Senior Scientific Director of discovery for Innate Immunity, located in Spring House, PA or La Jolla, CA

Janssen Research & Development, LLC discovers and develops innovative medical solutions to address important unmet medical needs in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Please visit for more information.

We are seeking a Senior Scientific Director to provide oversight of an Innate Immunity group within the Immunology therapeutic area with a focus on driving innovative new approaches in drug discovery to address unmet needs in immune-mediated diseases.

Reporting directly to the Vice President Immunology Discovery, the successful candidate will be responsible for refining and implementing our discovery strategy to identify and prosecute novel therapeutic approaches to target key pathogenic and/or regulatory pathways in innate immunity across a number of autoimmune diseases.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for aggressively establishing collaborations with world-class academic and clinical thought leaders in this area to access state of the art expertise and technologies that drive innovative approaches to drug discovery. Ultimately these efforts will provide new insights into targeting key mechanisms in the innate immune system involved in triggering and perpetuating or resolving disease. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to identify and evaluate novel therapeutic platforms and delivery strategies that have the potential to lead to transformational treatments.

The successful candidate will work within a strong matrixed environment with colleagues within the Immunology therapeutic area and other functional areas to advance innovative new therapeutics and therapeutic strategies in the area of innate immunity into clinical development. They will partner with our Innovation Centers and business develop to explore external opportunities. They will participate on the Discovery Senior leadership team to enable the Discovery function to execute on its overall strategy and will manage a scientific group and lead teams.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Immunology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline with a minimum of 12 years experience in the field of Immunology. Understanding key pathways and mechanisms within the innate immune system that may underlie disease processes in immunological disorders is key. The successful candidate will have previous line management experience and will have a proven track record of success in the Immunology field through publications and presentations.

Previous Industry experience and knowledge of small molecule and/or biologic based Drug Discovery is essential. Strong communications skills are critical as is a proven ability to work in a matrix environment while establishing and maintaining effective internal and external collaborations
Primary Location
United States-California-San Diego-
Other Locations
North America-United States-Pennsylvania-Spring House
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