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Senior Director/Director, Innate Immunity Cluster, Immunology & Inflammation Research Therapeutic Area

Location: Cambridge, MA

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Job ID R217 Date posted 04/10/2017

Director/Senior Director, Innate Immunity Cluster, Immunology Research Therapeutic  Area 

Sanofi is building a world-class human immunology team and is seeking outstanding scientists with significant experience in immunology to help further develop our innovative pipeline in Type-2 Immunity and Fibrosis, Immune Checkpoint Biology, Type-1 Diabetes, Targeted Autoimmunity and Innate Immunity.

Job Responsibilities/Department Description:

As a Director/Senior Director of the Innate Immunity Cluster/Department in the Immunology and Inflammation Research and Early Development Therapeutic Area you will be a scientific innovator, drive scientific excellence and rigor, and develop and advance cutting-edge therapeutics.  The Director will manage research teams supported by multidisciplinary platforms and scientists based in the Boston area and around the globe.  The Director will identify and validate new targets using a variety of tools, including human immunology, human genetics, human sample analyses, bioinformatics, clinical data, and preclinical in vitro and in vivo models, implementing new models and technologies. 

The Director will work closely with research and development colleagues to ensure the progression of projects from concept to clinical testing, focusing on developing and validating a strong translational rationale.  The Director will maintain a leadership position in the immunology research communities, connecting Sanofi scientists with collaborators around the globe. The Director will work closely with the Head of the Immunology and Inflammation Research and Early Development Therapeutic Area to develop and integrate a research strategy within the broader Immunology and Inflammation Strategy, contribute to portfolio review and prioritization, and will be part of the Immunology and Inflammation Leadership Team, together with Other Directors and key business partners. 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead a Cluster/Department of scientists responsible for identifying novel targets and pathways to treat immune diseases in the area of innate immunity; connecting cutting-edge science with unmet medical need.
  • Advance the Immunology and Inflammation Research and Early Development Therapeutic Area strategy by identifying new targets and advancing projects in the current pipeline.  Lead scientists experienced in a range of disciplines, from molecular and cell biology, immunology, genetics, and pharmacology, to develop deep mechanistic understanding of disease pathogenesis and confidence in target rationale,
  • Lead internally and externally in an area of immune disease research, publishing cutting edge science and developing and maintaining key collaborations around the globe. 
  • Manage collaborative relationships with project leads, key internal and external stakeholders, and with the Sanofi research platform leadership to resource and advance portfolio projects.
  • Recruit, retain and develop world-class scientific talent.

Essential Qualifications:

  • PhD or MD/PhD with postdoctoral and/or fellowship training.  12+ years of experience developing and leading research programs.  12+ years of experience in drug discovery and development preferred.
  • Deep expertise and outstanding record of research and publications in immunology. 
  • Expertise in extending discovery research through translational human biology to clinical development, using human biology approaches, biomarker development and validation, and forward and back translation of research and clinical endpoints.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary, matrixed teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of complex research landscapes globally, ability to identify cutting-edge research and new directions, and connect internal and external colleagues productively.
  • Outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills.

Sanofi US Services, Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.


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