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Medical Director, Clinical Pharmacology


Executive Director


East Hanover, New Jersey, United States

Medical Director, Clinical Pharmacology

Job ID


Mar 05, 2024


About the Role

This role will be located on-site at our East Hanover, NJ or Cambridge, MA campus and will not have the ability to be located remotely (East Hanover, NJ preferred).

About the role:

Novartis Biomedical Research (NBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

Translational Medicine (TM) is the clinical research arm of BR and includes about 900 associates globally. TM plays a pivotal role in bringing innovative medicines to patients, by building on research advances to develop new therapies, and bridging drug discovery and clinical application.

TM Clinical Pharmacology is a cross-functional team, which is specialized on the design, clinical execution and reporting of First-in-Human (FiH) and Clinical Pharmacology studies across all TM therapeutic areas. The operating model is built upon a strategic outsourcing partnership with qualified and specialized CROs, in which the Novartis team maintains sponsor oversight and retains the strategic elements of the studies (e.g. study design, regulatory interactions, project timelines).

As part of TM Clinical Pharmacology, you will help to develop therapies for patients, by providing medical and scientific leadership and expertise to support both early and late-stage global programs across all BR therapeutic areas in a role that significantly affects the entire Novartis drug development pipeline.

Your key responsibilities:

The Medical Director, Clinical Pharmacology (MD CP) will be the primary point of contact for the cross-functional Clinical Pharmacology (CP) Trial Team and for our qualified CROs used in the Clinical Pharmacology Partnership Model for any safety-related, medical and clinical pharmacology-related questions.

The MD CP will liaise with the project level Translational Medicine Expert to familiarize with the compound background and program strategy to ensure adequate medical supervision and execution of the study in the best interest of the program and the safety of study participants.

The MD CP will also support the project teams with Clinical Pharmacology advice to ensure study designs are optimal to serve the program strategy.

  1. Clinical Pharmacology portfolio

Efficient and autonomous management and Medical and Clinical Pharmacology leadership for multiple, simultaneously conducted FiH and Clinical Pharmacology studies, including:

 Contribution and provision of Clinical Pharmacology expertise for the development of Study Concept Sheets and Protocols

 Review of Informed Consent Forms, Statistical Analysis Plans, Tables, Listings and Figure (TLF) shells and drafts, and results summaries

 Medical and Clinical Pharmacology coverage for Site Initiation Visits, during the clinical conduct of the trial, for safety reviews and safety reporting and for medical coding

 Development of the Clinical Study Report and contribution to publications of study results, including abstracts, posters, manuscripts, plain language trial summaries and technical results summaries.

  1. Clinical Pharmacology strategy and initiatives

 Contribution to strategic initiatives and process optimization workstreams in TM Clinical Pharmacology

 Strengthening the collaboration with internal stakeholders in early and full development and external partners

Impact of this role:

 This role has a significant impact on the entire Novartis pipeline, by supporting the efficient clinical execution of FiH and Clinical Pharmacology studies for early and full clinical development programs in accordance with the Clinical Development Plan and Clinical Pharmacology Plan, by enabling efficient and result-based decision-making and by delivering key study results to support regulatory submissions.

 As a recognized specialist in the field, your strong experience in early clinical development and Clinical Pharmacology will enrich the Medical Team's expertise and will help to build and grow Clinical Pharmacology as the Novartis Center of Excellence for FIH and Clinical Pharmacology studies across all therapeutic areas in the BR portfolio.

 The Medical Director, Clinical Pharmacology, will further help to strengthen our collaboration with our internal Novartis stakeholders in early and full development and to establish efficient partnerships with our qualified CROs.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

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:

Role Requirements

Essential Requirements:

 Medical Degree combined with a PhD/post-doctoral degree, specialized training (board certification) or clinical research experience in Clinical Pharmacology.

 Previous relevant & significant clinical study experience, across the broad spectrum of Clinical Pharmacology and FIH studies, either in the biopharmaceutical industry leading early phase clinical trials, as a PI or sub-investigator in a CRO or relevant academic medical center.

 Track record of drug submissions / approval and / or high-quality publications in international scientific journals and advanced training or additional clinical development experience in one of the TM Therapeutic areas would be an upside.

 Full professional proficiency in English (written and spoken).

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 [email protected] call +1[Register to View] 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 $257,600 - $386,400/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.

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Biomedical Research

Business Unit

Translational Medicine




East Hanover, NJ

Company / Legal Entity

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Functional Area

Research & Development

Job Type

Full Time

Employment Type


Shift Work