Senior Director preclinical development

Lava Therapeutics searches a new team member:

Senior Director preclinical development

Lava Therapeutics (LAVA) is a start-up company that creates and develops next generation γδ T cell engaging bispecific antibodies for the curative treatment of cancer.

LAVA started its operations in 2017 and is advancing its proprietary platform and pipeline of bispecific therapeutic antibodies, building on cutting-edge research originating from Dr. Hans van der Vliet’s group at the VU University Medical Center and Cancer Center Amsterdam. In 2018, LAVA raised EUR 16 million in its first major institutional financing round that will allow LAVA to develop a lead candidate for clinical testing and broaden its pipeline and bispecific γδ T cell engager platform. Expanding our team with new, talented, employees is key to LAVA’s future success. The company is based in ‘s Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands.

The position
As senior director preclinical development you will be responsible for profiling the company’s lead compounds in pharmacodynamics and safety models and, depending on your profile, additional responsibilities may be added. You will be responsible for outsourcing and managing these studies in external collaboration networks. Budget, time and quality need to be monitored to ensure that the goals of the company are met.  You will work together with external partners responsible for executing most of the work and will review and report scientific results in regulatory documents and product development reports.

We are searching for candidates with a proven knowledge in oncology and or immunology. A thorough understanding of the mechanisms involved in cancer development is a definite plus. In addition to a solid scientific background the candidate must have experience in pharmaceutical product development. This should be exemplified by hands-on experience in preclinical projects in an industry environment. We are seeking a self-motivated, energetic and detail-oriented scientific professional with evident affinity for project management of external suppliers.

M.Sc. or PhD in biological, biotechnology or medical sciences
Experience in immunology and/or oncology
Industry experience: ~5-15 years
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a diverse group of scientific professionals
Must be able to work on multiple simultaneous tasks with limited supervision

Full time position, flexibility in the initial year regarding number of days
Permanent position after one year temporary contract
Salary and benefits according to biotech industry standards

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