Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Job Title: Associate Director/Director, Clinical Scientist

Job Number: 21179

Location: Waltham, MA

Job Description

Role Summary:
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving the lives of cancer patients. We have used our proprietary drug discovery platform to develop a diverse pipeline of drug candidates designed to improve outcomes for patients with cancer by enhancing the quality, rate and/or durability of their responses to treatment. We currently retain global development and commercialization rights to our drug candidates, including three programs in clinical development. Deciphera (NASDAQ: DCPH) is a publicly traded company headquartered just outside Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts. Our state-of-the-art research facility is located near the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in Lawrence, Kansas.
We offer an outstanding culture and opportunity for personal and professional growth based on these key principles:
• providing a collaborative, energized and fun work environment where people are empowered and supported in the achievement of their career goals
• a diverse and multi-disciplinary workforce
• dedicated and talented people who are passionate about achieving excellence in all they do
• a work environment that allows you to balance your priorities
• above all else, a commitment to the patients we serve

Position Summary:
This position may be filled at Associate Director or Director level based on candidate’s skills/experience and will report to the Sr Director, Clinical Research at Deciphera’s corporate headquarters in Waltham, MA.

Deciphera offers competitive compensation, including equity-based compensation, and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401(k) retirement plan, life insurance and a flexible spending account for either health care and/or dependent care.


• Works closely with Medical Directors, Pharmacology, Discovery, external experts, and investigators to accumulate scientific and medical knowledge necessary to support clinical development plans and study designs and protocols
• Assists Medical Directors in creation of proposed concept sheets for clinical studies and may write protocols or work with medical writing to write protocols through incorporation of input from both internal and external experts
• Drives the clinical contribution to annual update of IB liaising with Toxicology, Pharmacology, Safety, Regulatory and Medical & Communication Experts
• Drives and integrates clinical contribution to answering regulatory queries and other submissions related to studies
• Monitors real time study data to ensure the integrity of the study and the study data and interacts with investigators and internal and external experts to resolve any study issues as they arise
• Involved in high level data cleaning activities requiring clinical judgment Involved in analysis of complex data for regulatory submissions, publications and design of studies and programs
• Acts as clinical/scientific expert on the products and studies in the therapy area
• Attends scientific meetings to remain abreast of new developments within relevant areas and to interact with investigators, and advisors
• Works with investigative sites to answer protocol related questions, resolve study conduct and design issues
• May present data, protocol designs and other information at advisory boards, investigator meetings, site initiations and other internal and external settings

Required Skills

Required Qualifications:
• MS in Life Sciences (or BS plus equivalent experience); Pharm D, or BSN or other equivalent clinical qualifications
• 8 years’ experience in product & clinical development (Clinical Scientist role) in Biotech or Pharmaceutical company
• Understanding of GCP, ICH and regional/local regulations
• Experience in both early and late phase development
• Medical knowledge and experience in clinical development/ operations (Oncology preferred)
• Experience reviewing clinical data outputs
• Ability to perform literature searches and to utilize library services
• Ability to conduct basic data analyses using Excel and other tools
• Basic understanding of biostatistics to allow effective interaction with biostatistics expert
• Requires approximately 15-30% travel

Preferred Qualifications:
• Teaching capability
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing
• Strong presentation skills
• Team player
• Ability to proactively predict issues and solve problems
• Ability to drive decision-making within a multi-disciplinary, multi-regional matrix team
• Diplomacy and positive influencing abilities
• Experience building data presentation plans


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