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Bristol Myers Squibb

Translational Medicine Associate Director, Neurology




Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Translational Medicine at BMS

Translational Medicine is part of the Global Research and Early Development organization in BMS and leads late stage clinical, pharmacological and translational research and development activities for the pipeline and supports the late-stage portfolio for regulatory, translational development and life cycle management. The Immunology, Cardiovascular, Fibrosis, and Neurology (ICFN) Translational Medicine Disease Team drives the strategy for the multiple disease areas of interest, including Rheumatology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Neuroscience, Heart Failure, Thrombosis, and Lung Fibrosis. This group integrates laboratory science, clinical trial biomarkers, and asset development as well as disease research to maximize the potential of BMS’ current and future therapeutics.

Reporting to Senior Scientific Director Translational Medicine, the TM Associate Director will be part of the late stage TM group. The individual will be responsible for TM and clinical biomarker activities to support drug development programs in multiple diseases in neurology including but not limited to Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease. This individual will have the opportunity to assume biomarker lead responsibilities, such as serving as biomarker representative on study teams, setting up biomarker plans for individual trials and ensuring appropriate collection and timely analysis and reporting of final biomarker data. The individual will also be responsible for answering key TM questions related to the assigned assets and diseases via collaboration with TM laboratory team and/or academic thought leaders. The successful candidate will have prior therapeutic area and clinical experience in biotech/pharma organizations interacting with project teams, clinical research physicians, statisticians, computational biologists, contract research organizations and translational scientists to deliver science that supports the development of medicines to patients in need. The starting compensation for this job is a range from $159,000 to $220,000, plus incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility). The starting pay takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and where the job is performed. Final, individual compensation is decided based on demonstrated experience. For more on benefits, please visit our BMS Careers site. Eligibility for specific benefits listed in our careers site may vary based on the job and location.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Designs and implements program-specific biomarker/translational plans, responsible for aiding in creation of clinical protocols, SAPs, SOWs, lab manual, and interfacing with CRO for execution of services, in conjunction with Biospecimen Operations and Procurement.
  • Determines appropriate assays and vendors for clinical biomarkers, and manages outsourcing of biomarker assay development and validation partnering with Translational Sciences colleagues when applicable
  • Manages clinical biomarker data delivery and analysis and associated timelines by working with relevant internal functions and CROs;
  • Prepares and delivers internal and external translational/biomarker presentations
  • Maintains timelines for biomarker data related publication through interaction with Medical Communications and Publication team as needed
  • Keeps up-to-date on relevant scientific/technical literature in order to applying external knowledge to internal research programs as appropriate and acts as a subject-matter expert within the team to critically evaluate the literature regarding the asset and disease biology
  • Works with TM laboratory scientists and academic TLs to address nonclinical translational questions
  • Participates in post-hoc biomarker analysis and publication efforts
  • Supports regulatory submissions and regulatory interactions as needed

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Understanding of drug discovery and development, especially late stage development
  • Experience in activities required for and related to clinical trial initiation, maintenance and completion
  • Experience in interacting with CROs and TLs to manage projects and timelines
  • Proven scientific/leadership expertise (working in teams, mentoring people, managing projects)
  • Accountable for timelines and deliverables
  • Prioritizes risks and implements contingency plans
  • Communicates regularly; prepares and delivers presentations within the department, to governance and senior leadership bodies, and externally as requested
  • Recognizes cross-functional issues and communicates within the larger organization. Provides expert guidance to multi-disciplinary teams and senior management. Has a track record of delivering results, driving continuous improvements, and building effective cross-functional networks.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Accurate and detailed record keeping
  • Excellent organizational skills


Ph.D., and 5+ years of academic or biotechnology/pharmaceutical clinical experience, minimum 3 years of clinical biomarker experience. Candidate must be a rigorous, detail-oriented scientist, with excellent record keeping and organizational skills. Must be a highly flexible, results oriented, independent self-starter who enjoys working in a fast paced dynamic environment.

Functional/Scientific/Technical Skills:

• Contributing to research program and business.

• Subject matter leader.

• Broad knowledge of multiple functional technologies.

• In-depth understanding of function as it relates to project.

• Functional area expert with skills, theoretical knowledge and experience to apply scientific direction and approach to projects and problems.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

• Completes technical assignments by designing, executing and interpreting complex experiments.

• Recommends department level strategic decisions.

• May lead scientifically on cross functional assignments.

• Manages and/or coordinates workflow on projects.

• Apply diverse scientific knowledge to assignments.

• Development of research tools.

• Interpret results.


• Helps design operational strategies consistent with department goals.

• Provides input and makes recommendations to research strategies.

Creativity and Problem Solving:

• Identify & solve multi-faceted challenges.

• Recognizes problems and is able to recommend and develop appropriate solutions from prior experience, literature, or collaboration.

• Identify risks.

• Contributes ideas and develops/presents a scientific case (or position) inside and outside department/group.

Teamwork and Influence:

• Communicates with cross functional team.

• Directly impacts the achievement of workgroup/team goals.

• Represents workgroup/team or department on multi-disciplinary or cross functional teams.

• Work across departments.

Organizational Impact:

• Direct impact on departmental performance.

• Impact is achieved by driving team efforts.

• Able to conceptualize broad impact of research programs and personal activities in terms of site.

Behavioral Competencies:

• Champions change

• Leads courageously

• Networking

• Provides directions

• Structuring and staffing
• Thinks strategically

If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol
Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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