Monday, September 16, 2013

Senior Director Neuroscience Biomarkers Job

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Senior Director Neuroscience Biomarkers-9992130605


Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C., a Johnson & Johnson Company, is hiring a Senior Director, Neuroscience Biomarkers in San Diego, CA or Titusville, NJ.

Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C. develops treatments that improve the health and lifestyles of people worldwide. Research and development areas encompass novel targets in neurologic disorders, gastroenterology, oncology, infectious disease, diabetes, hematology, metabolic disorders, immunologic disorders, and reproductive medicine.

Thriving on a diverse company culture, celebrating the uniqueness of our employees and committed to inclusion, Janssen Research & Development, LLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

The Head of Neuroscience Biomarkers (HNB) manages a team responsible for the discovery, optimization and clinical application of biomarkers for the Neuroscience therapeutic area. The HNB and his/her team will formulate and implement biomarker strategies for the neuroscience therapeutic foci including Alzheimer&'s disease, mood disorders, schizophrenia and chronic pain. Specifically, the HNB provides scientific and technical leadership in choosing disease biomarkers for diagnosis, patient stratification and prognosis; and compound-specific biomarkers to assess target engagement, pharmacodynamics and dose selection. The HNB reports to the global head of neuroscience discovery and is a member of the discovery leadership team.

The HNB role is global and engages with all Janssen neuroscience biomarker projects and partners. The HNB has line management for biomarker leaders, biomarker research specialists, biomarker analytics and biomarker laboratory scientists / physicians. This management includes accountability for global biomarker strategy and biomarker study /protocol design. The HNB plans and prioritizes budget for biomarker team and projects. He/she ensures that these programs are compliant and executed within the goals and processes of the broader organization. The HNB liaises with internal R&D and commercial colleagues, especially discovery, early development, clinical development, and diagnostics ensure alignment across the end-to-end neuroscience portfolio. The HNB interfaces and collaborates with academia, consortia and commercial vendors to support broadly neuroscience biomarker and diagnostic capabilities. The HNB tracks the evolving landscape of neuropsychiatric disease biomarker technology - including cutting-edge research in academic labs, disruptive capabilities under in start-up ventures, and R&D pipelines of larger competitors. The HNB participates in strategic and technical prioritization and reviews of licensing candidates and coordinates biomarker personnel for due diligence of potential licensing partners.


A Ph.D. and / or M.D. with at least 12 years of relevant neuroscience experience is required

Training and experience in biomarker discovery and application to drug development or to treatment response prediction is required

Experience in drug development, clinical trials or pharmacogenomics research in pharmaceutical industry or academia; management of international clinical development programs is preferred

Specific experiences and insights into how biomarker platforms and technologies are integrated to provide practical solutions of clinical utility is required

Management experience in supervising direct reports is required

Team player with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills is required

Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills are required

Must have a networking and relationship-building skill and a well-developed network among opinion leaders and specialists in the field of Biomarkers and Diagnostics in Europe and the U.S.

Must have the ability for strategic thinking and contingency planning with respect to neuroscience R&D objectives

Must be fluent in written and spoken English

Working knowledge of the use of Microsoft suite of software products including Excel and Word is required

Experience and knowledge of Good Clinical Practices and regulatory requirements for the conduct of clinical trials and for the appropriate contributions to regulatory filings is required

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Primary Location:North America-United States-California-San Diego

Other Locations:North America-United States-New Jersey-Titusville

Organization: Janssen Research & Development, LLC. (6084)

Job: R&D

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