Senior Director/VP, Early Discovery and Preclinical Research

Candel Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of viral based immunotherapies for the treatment of solid tumors. Candel’s products are designed to significantly help patients fight their cancer while maintaining quality of life from early to late-stage disease. Join our rapidly growing company where you will work in an environment that values innovation, scientific rigor and a “can do” attitude. We care deeply about our team, our patients, and our community. We have a robust pipeline of investigational drug candidates in phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials in prostate, brain, lung, and pancreatic cancers . Please visit for additional information.

Join Candel Therapeutics and make an impact as Senior Director/VP Early Discovery and Preclinical Research.  You will guide the planning and decision making across multiple functions to develop early-stage therapies for cancer patients.


  • Expanding our oncology early development pipeline through collaborations with external partnerships
  • Identifying, vetting, and managing external partnerships including vendors, academic and industry collaborators
  • Assessing external early phase opportunities to advance Candel’s portfolio
  • Overseeing the creation and scientific development of the Company’s products by moving the products through early investigation and pre-clinical research into development
  • Developing strategic plans and managing academic, industrial and CRO collaborations
  • Driving programs through Pre-Clinical Proof of Concept and IND
  • Establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships both internally and externally
  • Ensuring the early development portfolio is aligned with the disease area strategies and prioritizing appropriate activities
  • Establishing and maintaining a culture of rigorous data driven decision making


  • PhD, MD/PhD or MD with deep discovery expertise in Biology, Immunology, or related field
  • Fifteen years industry experience in discovery/preclinical-stage drug development
  • Experience in immuno-oncology
  • Experience with viruses is a plus
  • Strong track record of developing and advancing drug candidates to the clinic
  • Knowledge of clinical trials, regulatory and compliance
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment with a sense of urgency
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

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