Director/Senior Director, Cancer Biology, R&D

Cerulean Pharma Inc.


March 17, 2014




Position:  Director, Cancer Biology

Job Code: 13-640

Reports to: Vice President, Research

Location: Cambridge, MA




Cerulean Pharma Inc. is a clinical-stage company specializing in the development of dynamically tumor-targeted nanopharmaceuticals. Cerulean is applying its proprietary nanopharmaceutical platform to advance a new class of therapeutic agents to address significant unmet medical needs. With an initial focus in oncology, the Company’s technology platform can be applied to a wide range of drug molecules, ranging from small molecules to peptides and RNAs. Cerulean is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at




Director of Cancer Biology will report to the Vice President of Research and serve as a leader and key interface between the clinical and research departments.  Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Designing of clinical correlative studies for our clinical trials
  • Evaluating biomarkers to incorporate into our clinical trials
  • Providing expertise in tumor biology and the mechanism and limitations of various oncology treatments
  • Collaborating with the biology team in the design of animal studies and manuscript preparation
  • Overseeing industry and academic collaborations, including study design and manuscript preparation
  • Preparing and presenting talks for internal and external audiences
  • Working with research and clinical scientists to discover and develop new products for our pipeline
  • Competitor analysis of closely competing products from other companies




The candidate will have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field with a primary focus in oncology, with at least 10 years of post-graduate experience working in the oncology field in industry. The chosen candidate will have deep understanding of cancer biology, and be intensely focused on achieving successful results.  S/he will possess a rare collection of skills and attributes, including:


  • Experience researching, writing and presenting in the field of tumor biology, the tumor microenvironment and the mechanisms of oncology drugs
  • Experience with biomarkers and translational science, with some working knowledge of clinical research
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, with a publication track record as the primary author
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence others and think strategically, with a strong grasp of the big picture
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Clear track-record of results orientation
  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, capital-efficient, high-accountability environment
  • Knowledge of nanomedicine is not essential but a strong plus


To be considered for the position, please submit your resume to and reference the Job Code 13-640.





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  • Company Cerulean Pharma Inc.
  • Contact Name Laura Supple
  • Contact Phone 617-551-9629
  • Email
  • Website
  • Position Location Cambridge, MA
  • Job Reference Code 13-640
  • Minimum Required Education Ph.D.
  • Minimum Preferred Education Ph.D.
  • Minimum Years Experience 10
  • Career Level Manager
  • Size of Company in MA 20
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