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Senior Director, Protein Design, R&D

Company: Inovio
Location: Plymouth
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

INOVIO is a biotechnology company focused on rapidly bringing to market precisely designed DNA medicines to treat and protect people from infectious diseases, cancer, and diseases associated with HPV. INOVIO is the first and only company to have clinically demonstrated that a DNA medicine can be delivered directly into cells in the body via a proprietary smart device to produce a robust and tolerable immune response. Partners and collaborators include Advaccine, ApolloBio Corporation, AstraZeneca, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND)/Department of Defense (DOD), GeneOne Life Science/VGXI, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Ology Bioservices, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Plumbline Life Sciences, Regeneron, Richter-Helm BioLogics, Roche/Genentech, University of Pennsylvania, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and The Wistar Institute. For more information, visit www.inovio.com.

Job summary

The Senior Director, Protein Design, R&D is responsible for leading the effort to analyze and create models of antigens and antibodies encoded by INOVIO’s novel nucleic acid-based vaccines. The Senior Director works closely with other members of the R&D team and outside collaborators to create and analyze protein and antibody structures within the scope of targets in the INOVIO pipeline. The Senior Director manages several projects simultaneously while reporting results to colleagues and collaborators in a timely fashion.

Essential job functions and duties

Lead protein engineering efforts to generate novel proteins and antibodies in silico using INOVIO’s proprietary technology.

Create and analyze protein and antibody structures.

Collaborate with other R&D team members and outside collaborators.

Lead and manage multiple projects and report and present results.

Provide advice and recommendations to senior R&D leadership and others on protein engineering efforts.

Perform other responsibilities as required by business needs.

Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a similar field.

Minimum 12 years of related experience with at least 7 years of management experience.

Extensive industry experience working in a project team setting to engineer antibodies and generate novel and effective product candidates.

Extensive knowledge in molecular biology and protein expression.

Prior experience with protein modeling and structural analysis.

Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary biologics discovery team.

Basic understanding of immunology/oncology preferred.

Outstanding oral communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Ability to multitask numerous projects simultaneously.

High degree of independence and thrive in a team-oriented environment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.

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A current US work authorization is required. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. INOVIO offers an attractive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.

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