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Scientific Leader, Clinical Development Immunology

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
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Aug 6, 2022

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Company Overview

ViiV Healthcare is a global specialty HIV company, the only one that is 100% focused on researching and delivering new medicines for people living with, and at risk of, HIV. ViiV Healthcare is highly mission-driven in our unrelenting commitment to being a trusted partner for all people living with and affected by HIV. Our aim is to think, act, and connect differently through a focus on education on for the prevention and treatment for HIV. We go to extraordinary lengths to deliver the sorts of breakthroughs, both in prevention, treatments, care solutions and communities, that really count. We go beyond the boundaries of medicine by taking a holistic approach to HIV through developing and supporting sustainable community programs and improving access to care. We are fully committed to push through every challenge until HIV/AIDS is eradicated. ViiV Healthcare has played a significant part in delivering breakthroughs that have turned HIV into a manageable health condition. We offer the largest portfolio of HIV medicines available anywhere, and we continue our work to cater for the widest possible range of needs in response to the HIV epidemic.

We are aware of how much is at stake for those at-risk or affected by HIV and we show up every day 100% committed to the patients. Our work culture is fast-paced, diverse, inclusive, competitive, and caring. But ViiV Healthcare isn't just somewhere to work - it's a place to belong, an invitation to bring your very best, and a team full of impact-driven team members who are hungry to make a difference. While we have been improving lives of HIV patients for 30 years, this is an especially exciting time to be at ViiV Healthcare, as we evaluate novel approaches to treatment and prevention that could further reduce the impact of HIV on individuals and communities.

Position Overview

As the Scientific Leader, Clinical Development for Immunology you will provide clinical immunology and biomarker leadership and expertise for, but not limited to,
  • Novel therapeutic agents in the ViiV Healthcare (VH) clinical development portfolio
  • Partnership with Medical Affairs and Commercial line functions
  • Liaising with drug discovery and other matrix research areas
  • Initiation and project management of collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Initiation, implementation/execution and delivery of results from assays and experiments from internal and external stakeholders
  • Liaising with our cure & remission and bioinformatic team

Job Responsibilities:
  • Immunology and biomarker leadership and support for R&D, Medical Sciences, Medical Affairs, and Commercial lines at global/regional/local levels
  • Immunology and biomarker function core representative of Medicine Development Teams
  • Design, implement and oversee immunology and biomarker plans of ViiV sponsored clinical studies in all phases of clinical development
  • Create, support, present medical and scientific educational and scientific engagement materials
  • Define and manage external partnership(s)
  • Face to face advisory role with Key External Experts
  • Lead interactions with diagnostic and algorithm partners to inform appropriate use of VH medicines.
  • Subject matter expert across the ViiV portfolio research/business development objectives.
  • Expert communication of VH data in presentations at scientific conferences, either local, regional, or international.
  • Exemplifies transparency and promotes quality of science.

Key Accountabilities:
  • Execution of R&D immunology and biomarker plan and related activities in accordance with business objectives.
  • Responsible for expanding our translational biomarker platform
  • Responsible for initiation, implementation through to execution and delivery of immunology and translational biomarker results from assays and experiments from internal and external stakeholders
  • Positive influence on scientific quality and strategic execution across Research & Development organization; strong alignment with Global Medical affairs and commercial strategy
  • Establish/maintain internal and external translational research collaborations supporting the ViiV portfolio and/or scientific interests
  • Serve as a biomarker liaison for our HIV cure & remission and bioinformatic team

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:​
  • Life Science Degree
  • 5+ years of experience in drug discovery and clinical development; medical affairs and/or post-marketing support a bonus
  • Research history in Infectious Diseases; experience in HIV pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention research with credible external presence a bonus
  • Assay development experience at all stages from early development and validation to implementation and delivery
  • Cross-functional Project Management experience

Preferred qualifications

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • PhD, MD, or MD PhD
  • Excellent leadership experience in a matrix environment
  • Understanding the clinical trial process from concept study idea to publication and Regulatory submissions
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Good interpersonal relationship building/maintenance
  • Proven team working spirit from early development to implementation
  • Drug discovery and/or early clinical development experience
  • Profound knowledge of HIV immunology and virology including potential therapeutic interventions
  • Experience in immune-modulating therapies including monoclonal antibodies
  • Good understanding of B-cell biology
  • Proven ability in execution and delivery of assay results from work/assays carried out in house and with external contractors and academic research labs
  • Good understanding of host biomarker analysis, interpretation and presentation in conference proceedings/published manuscripts
  • Experience in immunological and biomarker assay development, evaluation and implementation
  • Experience in clinical assay development and validation
  • Knowledge in bioinformatic platform development including next generation sequencing
  • Good understanding of strategic program planning and execution

Why ViiV?

At ViiV Healthcare, we work for people living with HIV and the communities that support them. We are guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Transparency and the Patient-Focus in everything we do.

NOTE: This position summary is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.




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ViiV is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, in the US, we adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class.

At ViiV, the health and safety of our employees are of paramount importance. As a science-led healthcare company on a mission to get ahead of disease together, we believe that supporting vaccination against COVID-19 is the single best thing we can do in the US to ensure the health and safety of our employees, complementary workers, workplaces, customers, consumers, communities, and the patients we serve.

ViiV has made the decision to require all US employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, where allowed by state or local law and where vaccine supply is readily available. The only exceptions to this requirement are employees who are approved for an accommodation for religious, medical or disability-related reasons.

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ViiV does not accept referrals from employment businesses and/or employment agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site. All employment businesses/agencies are required to contact ViiV's commercial and general procurement/human resources department to obtain prior written authorization before referring any candidates to ViiV. The obtaining of prior written authorization is a condition precedent to any agreement (verbal or written) between the employment business/ agency and ViiV. In the absence of such written authorization being obtained any actions undertaken by the employment business/agency shall be deemed to have been performed without the consent or contractual agreement of ViiV. ViiV shall therefore not be liable for any fees arising from such actions or any fees arising from any referrals by employment businesses/agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site.

Please note that if you are a US Licensed Healthcare Professional or Healthcare Professional as defined by the laws of the state issuing your license, ViiV may be required to capture and report expenses ViiV incurs, on your behalf, in the event you are afforded an interview for employment. This capture of applicable transfers of value is necessary to ensure ViiV's compliance to all federal and state US Transparency requirements. For more information, please visit ViiV's Transparency Reporting For the Record site.
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