Preclinical Study Coordinator, Immuno-Oncology

Poseida Therapeutics, Inc. is seeking a talented candidate to coordinate/manage our preclinical animal model studies within the Immuno-Oncology department at La Jolla, San Diego, CA. This position offers an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to contribute to innovative preclinical murine studies for new CAR-T products in an exciting and dynamic environment focused on cutting-edge gene engineering technology. The Preclinical Study Coordinator will be accountable for the overall design, coordination, and execution of preclinical study activities with a focus on rapid advancement of CAR-T products, including both autologous and allogeneic, into Phase I clinical trials. This role is expected to manage and oversee all study-related contract research organization (CRO) and possible site-related activities and issues related to in vivo preclinical study, both non-GLP and GLP pharmtox. The successful candidate will possess a PhD, MS, or equivalent, demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, have at least 5 years of relevant experience as well as a proven track record in animal disease, syngeneic and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) modeling.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for coordination/execution of all operational aspects of preclinical studies performed at CROs and in collaboration with lead scientists, especially GLP pharmtox studies
  • Work will include design, coordination, maintenance, data collection and analysis
  • Develop and manage study budgets, timelines, and resource requirements
  • Coordinate/manage all outsourced and CRO activities to ensure all are conducted according to study plans, timelines, budgets, and relevant SOPs
  • Some travel may be required, when necessary, to oversee and document the preparation and administration of cell therapy product to animals
  • Assist with protocol, case report, internal SOP/guideline development, IND report, and final report preparation
  • Lead and/or participate in project team meetings and conference calls to review progress of ongoing preclinical studies

Required Experience and Skills:

  • PhD, MS, or equivalent in immunology, molecular biology, or related field and 5-7+ years’ relevant experience in biotech, pharma, or CRO setting
  • Experience managing preclinical studies from protocol development to final report
  • Work with external academic, biotech, pharma, and/or especially CROs
  • Ability to deliver results and execute on required activities individually and in a team setting
  • Strong communication skills in a compact team working with aggressive timelines
  • Advanced written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Computer skills (MS Office products, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience managing preclinical GLP pharmtox studies
  • Experience managing chimeric antigen receptor cell (CAR-T) studies
  • Demonstrated track record of effective management and leadership skills