Director NCE Discovery DMPK

Posted 21 Dec 2021

Billerica, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 237376


A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 57,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.


Your role:

We are seeking an outstanding leader and scientist to lead our global NCE Discovery DMPK organization.  You will have direct line management responsibility for experts and project representatives as well as in vitro and in vivo labs located in our European and US sites, and responsibility for a significant volume of external activities to deliver a constant stream of decision making discovery data. You will be accountable for ensuring the progression of our discovery pipeline to deliver optimized lead compounds, and mitigate key project questions related to PK, metabolism, DDI risk, human dose projections, and PK/PD and efficacy studies. You will use your knowledge & expertise to evaluate and establish innovative techniques, directly and through your line. You will ensure the career growth of outstanding scientists reporting to you. You will regularly work with peers in key stakeholder/interface functions to ensure collaboration. Drug Disposition and Design (DDTech 3D)


Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for providing ADME strategy, expertise, representation and resources to all small molecule discovery teams and across all therapeutic areas
  • Direct internal and external DMPK activities, including routine studies, troubleshooting, and issue management for the given discovery projects
  • Use strong management skills to foster a cohesive team culture for your global, multi-cultural team
  • Operate as a close collaborator in a matrix environment
  • Responsible for scientific leadership, design, analysis and reporting for all discovery data.
  • Highly analytical, decisive, goal-oriented, and with a sense of urgency while maintaining the highest of scientific and ethical standards.



Who you are:

Minimum qualifications:

  • PhD in Drug Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics, Chemistry, or a related scientific discipline
  • 8+ years industry experience in DMPK Drug Discovery and development projects
  • Knowledge of the latest technological advances in the DMPK arena and demonstrate strong interest and expertise in PK and physicochemical properties modeling techniques.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Excellent leadership and problem-solving skills. Team player with strong inter-personal skills
  • Ability to build strong relationships with peers and partners outside of DMPK to enable high team performance.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to influence.
  • Experience working with CROs

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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