Oct 04, 2022

Job Description

Do you want to be at the forefront of the fight against multiple diseases making an impactful contribution in bringing transformative therapies to patients and be part of Novartis’ mission to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives?

PK Sciences (PKS) offers you this opportunity to make an impact, where 450 projects are straddling discovery through development. PKS is a global organization of about 300 associates, situated within Translational Medicine (TM), in Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research (NIBR). It is an enterprise organization, unique within pharmaceutical industry, where one can work across both NIBR (Research) and the Global Drug Development (GDD) organizations to apply the scientific knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, metabolism and clinical pharmacology in advancing the drug candidates from discovery and clinical development through approval and beyond. Novartis portfolio consists of projects using several therapeutic modalities including small molecules, biologics, gene therapy and cell-based therapies. We are active in multiple therapy areas like Oncology, Autoimmune Diseases, Neuroscience, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Ophthalmology, Respiratory, Cardio-metabolic and Infectious diseases. We collaborate across scientific and organizational boundaries, with a focus on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

In this role of Director/Associate Director PK/PD, you will collaborate with business partners in a cross-functional team to select and characterize new chemical entities and large molecules from research and advance promising entities into the clinic. This unique role will provide matrix leadership to collaborate, align and influence across the cross-functional teams of medical experts, study leaders, pharmacokineticists, statisticians, pharmacometricians and outsourcing experts to identify and mitigate key project issues across therapy areas and implement strategies related to the pharmacokinetic sciences [PKS] discipline (PK, PK/PD, metabolism and clinical pharmacology).

Major Accountabilities Include:
• Representing the PK/PD/ADME and Clinical Pharmacology discipline, and serving as the primary source of scientific expertise on global cross-functional project teams, leading the design, execution and analysis of PKS preclinical and clinical studies, with focus on moving candidates from the discovery phase to clinics.
• Working with subject matter experts in PKS and partner groups, supporting the efficient application and integration of modeling and simulation tools to advance lead optimization and clinical candidate selection.
• Making use of PKS resources across NIBR organizations to drive project efforts; ensuring an aligned position on research strategy and in particular human PK/PD and dose projections as candidates transition into the clinic.
• Supporting PKS components of preclinical and clinical study protocol designs, preclinical and clinical study reports and investigator brochures, regulatory submission documents, etc. Preparing for Health Authority calls/meetings/discussions and acting as responsible PKS representative in these settings.
• Collaborating with other NIBR and GDD functions, bringing innovative ideas and approaches, and a leadership, enterprise mindset that informs and influences the overall drug discovery and development process.

Position can be based in East Hanover, NJ or Cambridge, MA

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

What you will bring to the role:
• PhD, PharmD or MD in pharmacology/physiology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacokinetics/pharmaceutical sciences, or related sciences
• Extensive and in-depth knowledge of the drug discovery and/or development process, with a minimum of 10 years’ industry experience in a drug discovery and/or development setting,
• Demonstrated success of working in a global matrix environment and with cross functional project teams
• Extensive and in-depth knowledge of pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacology including, drug metabolism and PK/PD evaluation, experience in working in project teams (preferably global) as well as sound awareness of recent developments in drug development and regulatory sciences
• Familiarity with standard ADME/PK modelling tools such as Phoenix, GastroPlus, etc.
• Experience in authoring regulatory documents with knowledge of global regulatory requirements and guidance is advantageous
• Hands-on project experience with low molecular weight and biologics modalities
• Strong coaching, mentoring or people management skills are desired
• Ability to evaluate in-licensing opportunities and carry out Due Diligence activities as required.
• Excellent written and oral (English) communication and negotiation skills
Desirable skills:
• Hands-on project experience with cell-based and/or gene-based therapies is desirable

Why Novartis?
766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.
We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.
We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!
Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.
Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations: Individuals in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or disability for any part of the application process, or to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.
Vaccine Policy: While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers’ (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to [email protected].
No video provider was found to handle the given URL. See the documentation for more information.
Translational Medicine
East Hanover, NJ
Research & Development
Full Time
careers default image

Associate Director/Director - PK Sciences

Apply to Job Access Job Account