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Associate Director, PK Sciences

Company: Novartis Group Companies
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 9, 2024

Job Description:


Associate Director, PK Sciences


About the role

About the role:

Position will be on-site in Cambridge, MA and will not have the ability to be located remotely.

In the role of Associate Director in PK Sciences you will provide ADME /PK/PKPD project support to the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area contributing to projects from Discovery to IND filing and First-in-Human studies and beyond. In this unique role you will collaborate and partner with PK Sciences functions including in vitro and in vivo ADME, biotransformation, bioanalytics and modeling & simulation and represent the PK Sciences organization within project teams.

Your Key Responsibilities:
- Support teams in developing the strategy for, and coordinate the implementation of, the characterization and selection of lead compounds and drug candidates with favorable PK/ADME properties, elucidate PK/PD relationships driving efficacy/safety and contribute to human PK prediction and dose and regimen selection.
- Provide matrixed leadership across the organization to align and influence across the cross-functional team to identify and mitigate key project issues related to the pharmacokinetic sciences [PKS] discipline (PK, PK/PD, metabolism and clinical pharmacology).
- Proactively contribute to develop candidate drug products from early discovery and beyond, providing expert pharmacokinetic / drug metabolism and clinical pharmacology input.
- Be responsible for the PK, PK/PD and M&S component of study protocols, reports, project summaries and development plans, and author pharmacokinetic/clinical pharmacology/biopharmaceutics sections of IND/IMPDs within agreed timelines and which meet regulatory requirements as well as prepare appropriate responses to Health Authority questions (globally).
- Oversee or perform PK and PK/PD analyses using a variety of tools and approaches and integrate, interpret and report data to project teams and other customers. Our organization further offers the opportunity to seamlessly gain exposure to different stages of development, different drug modalities and cross-train in multiple indications.

EEO Statement

We 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.

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 let us know the nature of your request, your contact information and the job requisition number in your message:

  • Novartis: e-mail or call +1 (877)395-2339
  • Sandoz: e-mail or call: +1-609-422-4098

    Role Requirements

    Essential Requirements:
    * Ph.D. / Pharm.D. with relevant experience in clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics or a related biologic background.
    * A minimum of 6 plus years in a drug discovery/early development function including 2 plus years of experience in a lead role overseeing ADME/DMPK strategy of compound development.
    * Extensive and in-depth knowledge of pharmacokinetics 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.
    * Proficient in the application of PK and PK/PD analysis with working knowledge of software such as WINNONLIN/Phoenix
    * Hands-on project experience with low molecular weight drug discovery and development.
    * Proven record as leader with good negotiation, organizational and project management skills.
    * Strong coaching and mentoring skills desired.

    Why Novartis: Our purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people's lives and our vision is to become the most valued and trusted medicines company in the world. How can we achieve this? With our people. It is our associates that drive us each day to reach our ambitions. Be a part of this mission and join us! Learn more here:

    You'll receive:
    You can find everything you need to know about our benefits and rewards in the Novartis Life Handbook.

    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: The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to 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.

    Novartis Compensation and Benefit Summary: The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $151,200 - $226,800/year; however, while salary ranges are effective from 1/1/24 through 12/31/24, fluctuations in the job market may necessitate adjustments to pay ranges during this period. Further, final pay determinations will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to geographical location, experience level, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an "at-will position" and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

    Join our Novartis Network: If this role is not suitable to your experience or career goals but you wish to stay connected to learn more about Novartis and our career opportunities, join the Novartis Network here:


    Biomedical Research

    Business Unit

    Translational Medicine

    Work Location

    Cambridge, MA

    Company/Legal Entity


    Functional Area

    Research & Development

    Job Type

    Full Time

    Employment Type


    Shift Work


    Early Talent


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