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Associate Director, Clinical Virology

Vir Biotechnology, San Francisco, California

Position Description: 

Vir Biotechnology is seeking an experienced and highly motivated scientist to join our Clinical Virology team in a leadership role, focused on managing pre-clinical research and clinical development of novel therapies for infectious diseases. The successful candidate will independently lead clinical virology activities for a therapeutic area, including management of virology activities for clinical trials, characterization of viral resistance, and lead pharmacology contributions for regulatory submissions. This role will work cross-functionally across research and development groups within the company to advance programs through clinical development.

  • Independently lead clinical virology activities to support clinical trials, from study start up through study report delivery, including representing virology in study management and clinical sub teams
  • Manage external contract research labs to support clinical virology deliverables, including working cross functionally to meet timelines and budgets for clinical virology assays.
  • Author clinical virology reports and section of key clinical and regulatory documents.
  • Oversee pre-clinical and clinical scientific research internally or at contract labs
  • Investigate the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts and/or development strategies in research and development.
  • Lead non-clinical pharmacology data packages for regulatory submissions, including authoring and review of IND documents
  • Provide updates to management teams on status of pre-clinical and clinical virology activities. 
  • Stakeholder management with internal business partners, key opinion leaders, and external partners on clinical studies


  • PhD with 7+ years of relevant experience or equivalent degree/experience in microbiology, virology, or a related field. 
  • Experience supporting clinical trials and/or working with clinical samples required
  • Background in respiratory viruses and/or chronic viral diseases highly desirable
  • Prior experience managing teams, including managing scientists, contract labs or working across companies
  • Proficiency in cell-based virology and molecular biology techniques, including assay development. Experience in qPCR, cell-based viral quantification, viral sequencing, and/or viral resistance is highly desirable. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong project management/organizational skills are essential.

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