Head of Preclinical Development

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Kontakt: Tony Melckenbeek
Email: talent@hookipapharma.com
Telefon: +43 1 890 63 60

Head of Preclinical Development


Date posted: July 10, 2018

Location: Vienna, Austria


Position Summary:

We are looking for a top tier Head of Preclinical Development to join our growing team at Hookipa Biotech, a Vienna-based biotechnology company developing viral vectors for use as vaccines and immunotherapies against infectious diseases and cancer.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage internal preclinical team responsible for animal studies from conception to collection and interpretation of data and writing reports
  • Plan and manage work at preclinical CROs conducting GLP studies in support of discovery and development programs (e.g. toxicology studies, Biodistribution studies)
  • Responsible for preparation of Preclinical Pharmacokinetic sections of regulatory documents (IND, briefing books, Investigator Brochures, etc.) for regulatory submissions
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance and ensure implementation of state of the art preclinical models supporting I/O product development and research
  • Actively participate in research-stage and development-stage program teams from both a strategic and operational level
  • Deputy to the VP Research



  • Cancer biologist and /or Immunologist holding a DVM or PhD in relevant field
  • More than 5 years of proven scientific/leadership expertise (working in teams, managing people/projects)
  • Documented expertise in planning, executing, and interpreting preclinical studies in animal models of oncology including state-of-the-art methods for immune monitoring
  • Documented expertise in conducting GLP studies in support of discovery and development programs
  • Work experience in biopharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is required
  • Strategic thinking in a research context; deriving the research team’s goals from the strategic objectives of the company
  • Leadership skills
  • Detailed expertise in cancer biology/ immune-oncology
  • Expert knowledge of a wide range of animal models
  • Translational thinking
  • Expertise on a wide range of procedures: administration of test articles via different routes, measurement of tumor sizes, blood and tissue collection, characterization of cellular immune responses by flow cytometry, etc.
  • Understanding of applicable laws and regulations related to use of laboratory animals
  • Independent and proactive work style, detail-oriented, well organized, a team player with a “can-do” attitude
  • Fluent in English and German


What we offer:

  • Strong team with dedicated and passionate scientists
  • State of the art infrastructure
  • An excellent working atmosphere
  • Opportunities for personal development
  • Working in a multinational and multicultural environment


Minimum yearly gross salary from EUR 70.000,- ; depending on experience and qualification salary can be negotiated. Starting date: As soon as possible



If you (m/f) are interested in this challenging position, please send your CV including a cover letter summarizing your qualification and experiences to: talent@hookipabiotech.com


For more information on Hookipa Biotech please visit www.hookipapharma.com


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