Sr. Scientist I / Scientist II, Clinical Pharmacology

Location:  San Rafael, California Category: Research


BioMarin's Clinical Pharmacology Team - A Unique Opportunity with Impact:  

The role of Clinical Pharmacology at BioMarin is unique and broad in scope. We are driven by the substantive impact of our work on patient lives and their families in the rare, often pediatric disease space. Enabled by expertise across therapeutic platforms (e.g., small molecule, protein, oligo and gene therapy), our approach to solving complex biological issues is independent of treatment modality. The Clinical Pharmacology team at BioMarin is a great unit of diverse and strong thinkers who are involved from discovery through development and post-marketing. This breadth of experience across the complete life cycle of diverse assets truly exposes one to the multidisciplinary function that is Clinical Pharmacology. We hope that you will review our team's impact and consider us in your career journey.


This Associate Director or Sr. Scientist I of Clinical Pharmacology will be responsible for the design, execution, interpretation and reporting of nonclinical and clinical pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) studies. This includes the assessment of PK/PD relationships of biologics, small molecule, and gene-based drug candidates throughout all stages of development (Research to Post-marketing).  The individual will represent Clinical Pharmacology on cross-functional drug development teams and will drive Clinical Pharmacology strategy and execution. He/She will assess and recommend dose levels and regimens for molecules in Phase 0-IV clinical development (including new indications for existing therapeutics). This assessment will require modeling/simulations and predictions of PK and PD. The individual will be responsible for the planning, implementation and organization of clinical pharmacology sections of regulatory filings along with presentation of PK/PD data to internal cross-functional teams, external collaborators, US and ex-US regulatory authorities and the scientific community.    



  • Represent Clinical Pharmacology on multi-disciplinary drug development teams and lead departmental sub-teams
  • Interact with pharmacologists, toxicologists, medical directors and regulatory affairs personnel within BioMarin for the timely completion of clinical and nonclinical studies and regulatory filings
  • Design and interpret PK/PD studies in support of molecules in nonclinical and clinical development
  • Model, simulate and predict nonclinical and clinical data to drive decisions on dose and frequency of dosing
  • Provide expert PK/PD advice to cross-function project teams
  • Interact with external collaborators, multi-company project teams and outside vendors and CROs as needed.
  • Write reports, sections to INDs, NDAs, etc. and publish findings at the appropriate time. 


  • At least 5 years of industry experience with a strong background in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmcodynamics to support the biologic drug development process
  • Experience in clinical/nonclinical PK/PD study design, implementation and interpretation for biologic drug candidates; Experience in assessing the impact of immunogenicity on PK and PD
  • Extensive hands-on experience with non-compartmental and compartmental PK/PD analysis using WinNonlin software
  • Experience with population PK/PD modeling and simulation using appropriate software such as NONMEM/R/SPLUS in clinical drug development
  • Experience with GLP procedures and documentation and familiarity with FDA and EMA Clinical Pharmacology related guidances.
  • Experience with preparing clinical pharmacology/PK/PD related sections in regulatory submissions (e.g. IB, IND, NDA, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills both cross-functionally within BioMarin as well as outside to various regulatory agencies
  • This is an individual contributor role with Program Leadership responsibilities.  Heavy cross functional interactions & Executive Audiences.


  • Pharm.D. or Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology or related field such as Bioengineering.