Scientific Manager

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Palo Alto, CA
Job Description

Varian Medical Systems is a global market leader in the radiotherapy field and is highly regarded for its scientific excellence in many disciplines, including physics and engineering. The identified candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment, interacting with scientists with diverse expertise, and utilizing the opportunity of scientific diversity to foster novel approaches to oncology treatment.

The candidate will be part of a small but highly visible team of biology based scientists, focusing on integrating biological approaches to enhance the therapeutic benefit of radiotherapy. He / She will be expected to initiate new research projects themselves. Additionally, he / she will be expected to manage external collaborations with key opinion leaders at major medical centers.

Initiates and collaborates on the design, development, execution and implementation of R&D projects. Investigates the feasibility of applying scientific and engineering principles and concepts to potential inventions and products. Plans and executes laboratory research. Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories, and may contribute to scientific literature and conferences. May participate in development of patent applications. May coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts.

Job Requirements

Ph.D. in cell biology with 10+ years of experience in oncology drug discovery or radio-biology in either the biotech or pharmaceutical industry.

Specific expertise in guiding teams to develop cell based assays to determine mechanism of action and selectivity. Additional experience with immune-based assays as well as animal tumor modeling is highly desirable.

Familiarity with a wide variety of cell based assay technologies (FACS, multiparameter immune histochemistry, ….. )

Experience in the radiation biology field is desired but not an absolute requirement provided the candidate has previously demonstrated an ability to master a new field in a short time frame.

Excellent communication skills as demonstrated by presentations at meetings, both internally and externally is most important as are strong scientific writing skills,

Minimum Required Skills and Knowledge:

* Project management skills, including leading teams.

* Ability to articulately document, report, and present results of work to management level.

* Ability to write and present scientific manuscripts.

* Proficient in utilizing business tools such as: E-mail, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

* Experience with SAP or equivalent ERP product and productivity software desired.

Typical Education and Experience:

* Bachelors degree (or equivalent experience) and 8 years of related experience or Masters Degree with 6 years of related experience.