Head of Molecular

Location: Greater Philadelphia Area
Contact: Janene Cleary,


Head of Molecular | Highly Attractive Global Pharmaceutical and Diagnostics Company


This retained search is being conducted on behalf of a global pharmaceutical and diagnostics company that has FDA approved innovative oncology diagnostics. Their highest priority is to improve diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to human health by enabling detection and analysis of important cells and to provide researches and oncologist the access to unparalleled precision in molecular characterization.

As Head of Molecular one will lead the development of companion diagnostics for novel and established cancer treatment regimens, provides leadership and management to scientific and technical staff in the R&D function, and ensures projects are resourced adequately and sound decisions are made to meet the goals and timelines of the projects. The ideal candidate must possess a deep understanding of biomarker development, the oncology therapeutic landscape, assay development, and molecular diagnostics.


  • Large Global Company with over 16,000 employees across 100 countries leading the Medical Affairs division of a subsidiary company with 150 employees.

  • Making a true difference in oncology patient lives.

  • Key member of the R&D Leadership Team.

  • One will provide pivotal hands-on scientific input and experience to drive research efforts leading to the understanding of pre- clinical and clinical efficacy for clinical trials.

  • A company that offers “the best of both worlds” - a Global Company that is established, profitable, expanding and financially stable—yet a lean, non-rigid or bureaucratic environment, which offers its people the opportunity to make a true difference, take on a lot of responsibility and make a real impact.

Location: This company is located in the metro Philadelphia area – in an area that is very commutable from many parts of NJ, as well.


  • Lead the development and execution of companion diagnostics and biomarker strategies for targeted therapies in oncology.

  • Provide molecular expertise to R&D and clinical development teams on the state-of-the-art companion diagnostic and biomarker assay technologies.

  • Serves as a subject matter expert for NGS technology, provides guidance on experimental design, method or platform selection, and data management to address a specific need.

  • Keep abreast of new scientific/ technology development by participating in scientific meetings/seminars and through regular scientific review.

  • Extensive assay development experience utilizing Real-time PCR in a regulated laboratory.

    • Experience with Sanger Sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing.

    • Strong experience with PCR, q PCR, RT-qPCR.

  • Full theoretical and hands-on understanding and knowledge of molecular biology and genomics.

  • Apply advanced and expert scientific and product knowledge to NGS application development.

    • Oversee the design, development, qualification and validation of molecular based assay in support of pre-clinical and clinical trials.

  • Drives the implementation and growth of NGS technology, supports ongoing development, validation and troubleshooting of NGS assays, including targeted DNA-seq and RNA-seq, WES, and WGS.

    • Identify new applications, assist in product development working closely with business analyst and strategic marketing specialists.

    • Overseas operations of different NGS workflows; from sample preparation, library construction, data generation, data processing to interpretation of results, ensuring high level of quality and reliability of generated results.

  • Establish complete application workflow, sample preparation, sequencing conditions and post run analyses.


  • Ph.D. in life or medical sciences with a minimum of 10 years of experience in diagnostics and/or pharmaceutical/biotech with history of success in product and assay development.

  • Candidate must be a rigorous, detail-oriented scientist, with excellent record keeping and organizational skills. Must be a highly flexible, results oriented, independent self-starter who enjoys working in a fast-paced dynamic environment.

  • Outstanding expertise in Genomics, Molecular Biology, Next Generation Sequencing, or closely related fields. Demonstrated expertise in nucleic acid -chemistry, -biochemistry, or -biophysics, NGS assay development, or current sequencing technologies.

  • Expertise in development of molecular based assays / diagnostic assays is required.


Janene Cleary, Director Life Sciences Recruiting
Phone: 267.483.5233 ext. 103
Email: jd@bandishgroup.com

The Bandish Group, LLC
Life Sciences Executive Search
1432 Easton Road, Suite 2B
Warrington, PA 18976