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Vice President, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Vir Biotechnology is a commercial-stage immunology company focused on combining immunologic insights with cutting-edge technologies to treat and prevent serious infectious diseases. Vir has assembled four technology platforms that are designed to stimulate and enhance the immune system by exploiting critical observations of natural immune processes. Its current development pipeline consists of product candidates targeting COVID-19, hepatitis B virus, influenza A and human immunodeficiency virus. For more information, please visit .

We believe the success of our colleagues drives the success of our Mission. We have an ongoing commitment to creating a company passionate about equality, inclusion, and respect. When everyone feels supported and encouraged to give at their best, we will collectively deliver outstanding results.

Vir Biotechnology is seeking a senior leader to head the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology department. This role will report to and work closely with the Head of Small Molecule Drug Discovery to set strategy for the discovery and preclinical small molecule research efforts in infectious diseases and other immune-related fields. The successful candidate will partner effectively and collaborate with the major discovery groups and will consider both cutting edge sciences and Vir's strengths to address unmet medical needs and realize commercial potential of therapies.


    • Lead in vitro pharmacology strategy to successfully bring programs from target identification and validation through lead optimization and to the clinic.
    • Build a team of highly functioning and collaborative team of scientists and champion a climate of creativity, innovation and scientific excellence.
    • Exploration of new targets and novel biology to support internal drug discovery efforts
    • Play a major role in developing a project pipeline through internal R&D, collaboration, license-in and/or acquisition in the field of infectious disease. Select the projects based on scientific merit, strategic fit and economic value.
    • Accountable for leading internal and external capabilities and to build them to fulfill future needs. This includes oversight of the assay automation core function and novel chemical hit-finding within Vir.


    • Preferred education: BA/BS with a minimum of 18 years, or MA/MS with 16 years, or PhD with 13 years of research experience in a relevant industry/academic setting with a focus on infectious disease.
    • At least 10 years of management experience preferred.
    • Proven track record of advancing discovery projects into early clinical development
    • Expertise in discovery and identification of novel therapeutic targets, and the ability to identify and resolve complex methodological issues.
    • Comprehensive understanding of drug discovery disciplines outside own core expertise
    • Broad knowledge of, and fascination with, cutting-edge technologies and concepts in immunology, infectious diseases and/or immuno-oncology.
    • Experience mentoring and developing scientists and creating/maintaining highly collaborative environments while striving for scientific excellence is required.


Vir's compensation and benefits are aligned with the current market and commensurate with the person's experience and qualifications. All full-time employees receive a package that includes: compensation, bonus and equity as well as many other Vir benefits and perks such as: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits, non-accrual paid time off, company shut down for holidays, commuter benefits, child care reimbursement, education reimbursement, 401K match and lunch for all lab essential personnel!

Vir is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform critical job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact Human Resources to request accommodation.

Vir Human Resources leads recruitment and employment for Vir. Unsolicited resumes sent to Vir from recruiters do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter and Vir and do not obligate Vir to pay fees should we hire from those resumes. We ask that external recruiters and/or agencies not contact or present candidates directly to our hiring manager or employees.

Vice President, Molecular and Cellular Biology

San Francisco, CA
Full Time

Published on 06/21/2022

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