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Associate Director Academic Collaborations, Redwood City, California

CategoryDrug Discovery Research
Job typeFull-Time
CountryUnited States
CityRedwood City

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients' lives through science.In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

The Tumor Microenvironment Thematic Research Center (TME TRC) is focused on developing therapeutic targets at the intersection of tumor, stromal and immune biology within the TME with the goal of enhancing responsiveness to checkpoint blockade and targeted therapies. Comprising of scientists across multiple disciplines we are responsible for the biology and translational science necessary to support drug development from target identification through to first in human studies.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the SVP of the Tumor Microenvironment Thematic Research Center (TME TRC), incumbent will provide scientific and strategic leadership for academic collaborative efforts across the discovery, pharmacology and translational functional groups within the TME TRC. You will be accountable for ensuring academic collaborations are aligned with the TME TRC strategy, that these efforts are appropriately tracked and that the resulting data is appropriately reviewed and distributed to enable the TME TRC to develop therapeutic targets at the intersection of stromal, tumor and immune biology that enhance responsiveness to checkpoint blockade and other targeted therapies.

Incumbent will have a strong scientific background in immuno-oncology, or closely related area, be familiar with drug development (biologics and/or small molecule) from target identification through to first in human studies, and have a proven track record in effectively managing and leading collaborative efforts with leading academic institutes. You will work closely with both local research teams within the TME TRC as well as various business, alliance procurement and legal teams within BMS.

Leadership Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for reporting out on how we are delivering on the holistic academic collaboration strategy including oversight and effective use of budget
  • Responsible for the scientific oversight and overall effectiveness of academic collaborations within the TME TRC including alignment with the TME TRC's strategic direction, review of scientific proposals, tracking of efforts and review and distribution of data to all critical personnel including, but not limited to those within the TME TRC.
  • Represent the TME TRC leadership on JSC/JRC's as appropriate.
  • Work closely with TRC scientists to ensure collaborations are being effectively managed at the individual level, including providing help and oversight of workplans and deliverables.
  • Responsible for ensuring the scientific obligations of collaborations are met (by both collaborator and BMS), including assessment of data reports.
  • Work closely with Research Alliance group to ensure budgetary and IP obligations are appropriately tracked, and met.
  • The incumbent will be responsible fostering a collaborative workplace environment within the direct areas of responsibility and across different groups of stakeholders, on site and across BMS, to meet the TME TRC objectives.
  • As part of the TRC leadership team, the incumbent will be responsible for participating in setting of TME TRC goals, and contributing to, communicating and supporting, all site-wide initiatives to relevant downstream stakeholders.
  • Preferred experience with academic collaborations spanning the early discovery through preclinical candidate and translational space.

  • Direct management of 1 person with responsibility for leading, mentoring and supporting career development
  • Manage and prioritize collaborations based on TME TRC strategy and collaboration budget (including those of II-ON and ARC)

Collaborations/team support:
  • Responsible for overseeing scientific academic collaborations working closely with individual scientists across the various TME TRC teams including working with individual scientists to ensure:
    • collaborative proposals are aligned with TRC strategy,
    • scientific work plans meet TRC needs in terms of SMART objectives
    • collaborative obligations on both sides (both collaborator and BMS) are tracked and met
    • resulting scientific data is adequately reviewed
    • resulting data is appropriately distributed within TRC, and to other relevant stakeholders within BMS as appropriate
  • Work closely with II-ON and ARC teams to ensure academic collaborations arising from these initiatives are aligned, tracked and reviewed in same manner as programs originating within the TRC

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in relevant area of tumor biology/immune-oncology with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in industry/biotech
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proven track record in establishing, managing and executing on academic collaborations to enable progression on preclinical and early clinical stage pipelines


Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.
EmployerBristol-Myers Squibb

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