Associate Director (m/f/d) Selection Technologies / Project Leader

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Pieris Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: PIRS) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with operations in Germany and the United States. Pieris discovers and develops Anticalin® protein-based drugs to target validated disease pathways in a unique and transformative way. Our pipeline includes inhalable Anticalin proteins to treat respiratory diseases and immuno-oncology multi-specifics tailored for the tumor microenvironment. Proprietary to Pieris, Anticalin proteins are a novel class of therapeutics validated in the clinic and by partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies. It is our mission to develop life-changing therapeutic proteins for patients suffering from cancer and respiratory  diseases through the innovative application of novel science and cutting-edge technologies.


Your Tasks

You will effectively lead a team of scientists and technical assistants in Selection Technologies:
  •  Planning, coordination and oversee execution of phage and yeast display campaigns of Anticalin proteins using Pieris’ Anticalin libraries
  • Constantly drive optimization of selection processes
  • Close collaboration with project leaders, other team leaders and department heads to coordinate and set priorities for your team
  • Representation of your team in project meetings within Pieris and with our collaboration partners

In addition, you will have the opportunity leading a discovery project as Project Leader and taking over the following tasks:
  • Responsibility to advance a proprietary or partnered early stage Anticalin project to a defined preclinical stage
  • Within our matrix structure you will closely interact with functional area heads and lead scientists from the different R&D departments to guide the project from setting up the research plan over Anticalin selection and characterization towards preclinical development
  • Critical review of scientific data and guide decision in close collaboration with functional area experts
  • Communicate progression of project to internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify and mitigate project risks and monitor project timelines, budget and resource allocation

Our Requirements

  • Ph.D.  or equivalent in life sciences or related field (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology)
  • Several years of experience in working in an industrial environment
  • Strong technical and theoretical background in phage and / or yeast display, high throughput screening and protein biochemistry
  • Strong experience in the setup of ELISA experiments and HTS campaigns
  • Deep knowledge on the discovery of therapeutic proteins i.e. antibodies and / or scaffold proteins
  • Proven project and team leadership skills and experience in leading multidisciplinary project teams
  • Background in Immuno-Oncology and / or Respiratory is advantageous
  • Proven team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lead, guide, motivate, and develop team members
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English)
  • Excellent software knowledge for analysis of large amounts of data and profound knowledge in operation of automation equipment
  • Experience with data management systems and project management tools is highly desired

Pieris is a fast-growing biotechnology company with approximately 130 employees across our sites in Munich, Germany and Boston, United States. We work in flat hierarchies with short decision-making paths and offer a working environment characterized by cooperation and innovation. Each of our employees participates in a bonus program based on the achievement of our company goals. In addition, we offer each employee the opportunity to participate in a stock purchase plan as well as a stock option program that allows Pieris employees to benefit directly from the our success.
Numerous social benefits such as an additional employer-financed company health insurance, free drinks etc. as well as a bright, friendly and ultra-modern working environment with excellent technical equipment in both of our locations round off our overall package. Creative employee events take place several times a year, as we believe that a healthy spirit of collaboration is key to our success.

How to reach us

Thomas Schwarzbauer
Talent Acquisition Manager
+49 174 214 0851

Zeppelinstraße 3
85399 Hallbergmoos
+49 (0) 811 - 12447 0