Scientific Project Lead - Oncology

Research & Development Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Scientific Project Lead in oncology is responsible for building and leading a matrix team that will develop and execute strategies for advancing Cogen’s oncology discovery pipeline to yield development candidates for antigen- and/or TCR-directed therapies for different cancer indications. This person will work with research team leaders to coordinate and track the cross-functional activities related to a given set of projects across the Platform Discovery, Immunology, and Early Development Divisions and be responsible for advancing candidate programs from target identification to lead optimization and thru preclinical IND-enabling studies.

The Scientific Project Lead will report into the head of Translational Research and Development and work closely with the head of R&D operations to advance company objectives around discovery programs in their respective disease area. The candidate will also be responsible for understanding the external research environment in their disease area to incorporate findings into strategic plans and make recommendations for individual projects to accelerate or shift their focus.

Specifically, this person will:

  • Manage oversight of the research strategy for discovery assets in the oncology portfolio
  • Create opportunities for others within and outside of their cross-functional teams to develop new skills and experience.
  • Build and maintain networks within and outside of the organization to strengthen their understanding of Company objectives and to leverage diverse perspectives, experiences and expertise in order to maximize performance for their disease area.
  • Engage with Company leadership as well as development teams, external technical/scientific experts, consultants, partner organizations, and advisory boards to define, revise and progress key company objectives and strategies in their disease area.
  • Proactively provide insights into novel ways in which to incorporate biomarkers into early research and later clinical designs in order to enable early understanding of emerging therapeutic profiles.
  • Effectively interface across the organization to obtain appropriate resources to deliver on goals.
  • Collaborate and strategize across the discovery and development divisions to improve efficiency and to accelerate the product pipeline forward.
  • As appropriate, provide translational/biomarker expertise to enable key assay development to further enable the clinical stage portfolio.


PhD required, with a deep understanding of solid tumor oncology and immunology.

Experienced scientist with 5+ years of experience working in drug discovery, 3+ years of experience in matrix team management, and 3+ years of project/program management.

Deep understanding of the role of translational research/medicine and clinical biomarkers in drug development.

Excellent communication skills across all levels within an organization and externally.

Experienced manager of people and projects, including demonstrated ability to delegate key projects appropriately and integrate team members from diverse parts of an organization.

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment where speed needs to be balanced with rigorous critique and execution.
  • Willing to work as a topic expert, outside of a traditional functional environment, within the organization.
  • Ability to recognize, articulate, and accept calculated risks to make informed decisions.
  • Proven track record to effectively cooperate and partner with external providers as well as with others within the organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in the appropriate application of various scientific technologies into early discovery and translational research strategies.
  • Working knowledge of key functional areas of drug development, including biology, toxicology, clinical development, etc.