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POST DATE 9/16/2016
END DATE 2/6/2017

Shire Pharmaceutical Lexington, MA

Lexington, MA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Job Description
Shire Research has strategic alliance relationships with several key academic and industrial partners, with plans to grow these partnerships with a goal towards delivering novel therapeutics to patients with rare disease. The External Science Lead is responsible for identifying, developing and managing these strategic alliances within high priority disease areas to deliver innovative therapeutics to the R&D pipeline of Shire. Working with the Head of External Sciences, the External Science Lead will coordinate and execute research efforts between the alliance partners and Shire internal expertise, managing progress of the research including meeting timelines, milestones, and budget, and helping to enhance the Shire preclinical portfolio.

Development, execution, and scientific direction/oversight of the research plans between strategic partners and Shire resulting in the delivery of novel therapeutic projects to the preclinical portfolio

Identification of key external scientific research programs to support the Discovery Pipeline in areas of Rare Disease

Management and communication of research progress against the goals of the research plans

The ideal candidate will have a PhD, MD or MD/PhD with significant experience in drug discovery and development. The position will require experience in scientific alliance management, a proven track record of scientific leadership and excellent communication skills. Ideally, the candidate will have hands-on experiences in delivering novel therapeutics from idea to early clinical development.

A scientific background in neurobiology, ophthalmology, cell biology, human genetics, molecular biology, or rare and orphan disorders and/or pharmaceuticals is also a strong plus.

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We have best-in-class products available in more than 100 countries across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal / Internal Medicine / Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; a growing franchise in Oncology; and an emerging, innovative pipeline in Ophthalmics.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.

Shire is an equal opportunity employer. Shire evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Shire is 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 call 484-595-8400 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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