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Location Switzerland - Biopole Epalinges - Vaud
Type of contract Permanent
Employment rate Full-time
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The Head of hematological cancer will lead a team focused on discovery and validation of novel biotherapeutics aimed at addressing unmet medical in hematological cancers.  The successful candidate will leverage Ichnos Sciences proprietary BEAT® platform to identify and advance immune and non immune cell engager immuno-oncology targets working in close partnership with enabling functions. 




  • Lead the design and implementation of discovery research strategy to build and deliver an innovative hematological cancer portfolio leveraging Ichnos proprietary BEAT® platform.

  • Effectively manage assigned therapeutic projects in line with company criteria and timelines within a matrix team environment.

  • Provide transparent, focused updates to manager and company executives as requested and represent company at scientific conferences, regulatory body meetings and other external organizations as needed.

  • Work independently as well as manage and lead a team of scientists and technicians, doing cutting edge research, design experiments, interpret data, troubleshoot and suggest next steps.  Management responsibilities include recruitment, development, education, coaching, training, yearly appraisals and follow-up, with continuous focus on improving working processes.

  • Collaboratively work in a matrix environment, present ideas, both verbally and in writing to diverse audiences including scientific colleagues and senior leadership.

  • Build knowledge on the disease area and provide scientific leadership to project development.

  • Ensure project progression according to timelines and milestones.

  • Coordinate the interaction within discovery with other enabling functions.

  • Establish and foster interactions with CROs and academic institutions.

  • Contribute to regulatory documents, scientific publications, patents.

  • Make scientific contributions that have significant impact on Ichnos Sciences innovation and overall research direction of the company

  • Maintain orderly and timely record of project plans and results in accordance with company policy and legal requirements.

  • Represent the Discovery Research  function in cross-functional project team meetings.

  • Perform other relevant responsibilities as required.




  • PhD with 10+ years of pharma or biotech drug discovery experience.

  • Strong background in Hematological cancer research  and Immuno-Oncology  with demonstrated expertise in incorporating this knowledge into drug discovery.

  • Track record of leading research projects to IND-track nomination.

  • Demonstrated success in leading a cross-disciplinary, drug discovery project team; integrating and evaluating the work of multiple drug discovery groups/functions

  • Innovative, motivated, researcher with strong problem solving and communication skills

  • Expertise in developing Lead candidate profiling mechanistic and functional assays to support biologics drug discovery efforts to guide lead optimization and development candidate selection, specifically running and evaluating experiments to measure target engagement, pathway modulation and therapeutic sensitivity in response to compounds or target modulation

  • Knowledge of assays and metrics that report on potency, selectivity, ADME, PK, PD, safety & efficacy

  • Solid understanding of how to leverage biomarkers and translational research to guide clinical development

  • Excellent publication record

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and training of scientific professionals

  • Fluent English is required; proficiency in French is highly desirable

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work flexibly and reliably, prioritizing accordingly to the company objectives

  • Team player who collaborates and communicates effectively in team environment

  • Innovative, entrepreneurial, and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment.


You will join us, a vibrant biotech community at the Biopôle ( overlooking the beautiful shores of Geneva lake in Lausanne, Switzerland. Consistent with a position of this importance, Ichnos Sciences will provide the successful candidate with an attractive and competitive salary, bonus, and a long-term incentives scheme.  Details to be discussed in the interview process.

Interested to become a part of the foundation of a new company making yourself an imprint in innovative biologics research? Apply immediately or address your application directly to Inessa Duerst, Talent Acquisition manager -

We do not accept agency solicitation candidates for this position. All communication is held directly with the Talent Acquisition team of Ichnos Sciences in Switzerland.

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