Associate Director Pharm/Tox

San Diego, CA

  • We are seeking a creative and highly motivated scientist with a strong research background and proven ability to contribute to the understanding of the pharmacologic / toxicologic mechanism(s) of drug-induced responses.
  • The best candidate for this position will work collaboratively with other functional areas within the Samumed R&D organization (Discovery, DMPK, Medicinal Chemistry) to design and implement relevant screening, investigative studies, and assays to characterize and mitigate key safety liabilities associated with Samumed novel anti-cancer target class.
  • In addition, the candidate will contribute to developing strategies and executing nonclinical activities to support the progression of anti-cancer molecules from early Discovery to FIH clinical trials.
  • This position will provide the opportunity for the candidate to contribute to regulatory filings (INDs, briefing books, or NDAs) in collaboration with various corporate functions including Regulatory Affairs.
  • This is a full-time position in the company’s San Diego headquarters.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Ability to evaluate complex biological pathways, characterize the mechanisms of key safety liabilities, and develop mitigation strategies
  • Ability to set up nonclinical strategies to support transition of molecules from early Discovery to candidate selection and FIP clinical trials
  • Will serve as a toxicology project representative in early and late Discovery and Development teams
  • Will serve as, or work with study monitors to oversee the design, interpretation and reporting of exploratory and GLP-compliant studies that are outsourced
  • Must be able to effectively contextualize study plans and results for team decision making in support of asset characterization
  • Assist with the selection of appropriate CRO/test facilities, perform site audits/visits, develop study protocols and budgets, coordinate multi-site activities, analyze, and interpret data, and review and edit study reports.
  • Prepare nonclinical documents in support of regulatory filings (INDs, NDAs, briefing books etc.)


  • PhD in Toxicology or other relevant scientific disciplines with 8+, or master’s degree with 13+ years of experience 
  • Exceptional in mechanistic and investigative toxicology and pharmacology
  • Experience in design, direct, and monitor of toxicology studies
  • Experience in multiple therapeutic areas with experience in oncology preferred
  • Prior experience in contributing to the preparation of nonclinical regulatory documents
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be a team-player, dependable and flexible in adapting to change in multidisciplinary, fast-paced R&D organization

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