Director, Oncology R&D

Cambridge, MA

bluebird bio’s Oncology R&D team is fired up about engineering T cells to kill tumors. Our team works hard in a closely-coordinated way to do more than any of us could accomplish on our own, and we have fun together while doing it!  Join our team to help us develop new cancer-fighting T cell products that may someday change lives.  If you want to work side-by-side on science that takes your breath away, come unleash your talents on the problems we need to solve to make these therapies real for our patients.

About the position:

As a member of the oncology research and development leadership team, will help define and execute on the preclinical pipeline of cell-based oncology products

  • Lead a team of scientific and technical professionals to engineer cells of the hematopoietic system with properties that mediate anti-cancer activity, with the goal of bringing these modified cells through phase I clinical development.
  • Oversee the development of relevant in vitro assays to assess function, as well as preclinical models to evaluate efficacy and safety.
  • Prioritize and allocate resources for continued excellence for innovative pipeline programs.
  • Identify and bring in new technology to improve the therapeutic potential of gene- modified hematopoietic cells for cellular immunotherapy.
  • Capability to build and lead highly functioning teams, especially within a highly matrixed environment.

 About you:

  • PhD or MD in immunology with at least 5 years of post-doctoral experience
  • Must have at least 4+ years of people management experience at a biotech company
  • Must have a demonstrated track record of contributing to the progression of early research and development to clinical proof of concept in the field of immunology/immunotherapy
  • An experienced scientific manager who can make informed risk/benefit decisions on cellular immunotherapy approaches
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, personal accountability and interpersonal skills, and strong mentoring skills.
  • Must have detailed knowledge of the structure/function of tumor targeting receptors such as T cell receptors (TCR) and chimeric antigen receptors (CAR).  Familiarity with current literature is important.
  • Experience in building partnerships and leveraging relationships with internal scientific teams to drive execution of research strategies
  • Independently motivated, detail oriented and good problem-solving ability
  • Excellent organizational skills, sufficient to multi-task in an extremely fast-paced environment 
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence across multiple functions
  • Be ready to embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture:  b colorful, b cooperative, and b yourself
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