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Astellas Pharma Director Pharmacometrics US, Clinical Pharmacology & Exploratory Development (CPED) in Northbrook, Illinois

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Purpose & Scope:

  • Provide scientific, technical, and strategic pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling and simulation (M&S) support within and across therapeutic areas

  • Creation, review, and approval of scientific reports to document modeling activities and support registration

  • Writing of regulatory documents and interaction with regulatory agencies

  • May have mentoring/coaching or supervising responsibilities

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling and simulation using a variety of software, which may include NONMEM, R, and SAS

  • Peer review of M&S reports and analyses

  • Make summaries and presentations of analyses to others

  • Manage and oversee outsourced projects

  • Contribute to the design, analysis, and reporting of clinical studies for a compound and provide M&S input to the clinical development strategy

  • Act as the M&S representative on Core Teams, Extended Teams, Early Modeling Teams, and Quantitative Quartet

  • Be actively involved in strategic modeling discussions with other pharmacometricians, and PBPK and QSP modelers

  • Represent M&S for in-house discovered or in-licensed compounds, which may include Due Diligence activities

  • Preparation of various sections of regulatory documents, such as IB, IND, and CTD, and interaction with regulatory agencies

  • May lead various working groups or initiatives to improve internal processes or best practices

  • Maintain knowledge of a particular disease area and M&S in general to ensure availability of state-of-the art knowledge and experience in pharmacometrics for practical application in clinical development

  • Mentoring of junior M&S scientists

  • May act as a Clinical Pharmacology core team member and leading Clinical Pharmacology Extended Teams

  • Contribute to the definition, implementation and maintenance of new multidisciplinary ways of working in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Pharmacometrics group and CPED

  • Display leadership attributes that lead to the improvement of Pharmacometrics and CPED processes and level of science

  • Contribution to and review of scientific, strategic, and technical documents produced by the Pharmacometrics Group

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Responsible for the design, analysis, and reporting of all M&S analyses associated with 3 to 10 projects per year with 1 to 4 projects at any given time

  • Responsible for management of timelines of M&S analyses related to particular studies

  • Responsible for management of costs and timelines of outsourced M&S analyses

  • May coach 1 to 2 new staff members on company and project team related procedures within Pharmacometrics and CPED

  • Responsibilities may directly impact on strategy and efficiency of clinical development of compounds.

  • May create and/or review 10 to 25 modeling reports per year for scientific and technical quality

  • The position has no direct budget responsibility

Organizational Context:

  • This position reports to the Pharmacometrics US Group Lead

  • May have functional management of scientists

  • Direct interaction with the Quantitative Quartet (clinical, statistics, clinical pharmacology science), extended CPED team members, and core team partners



  • Advanced degree MD/ PhD /PharmD/MS required

  • Requires at least 8 years post-graduate PhD/MD experience or 12 years post-MS in the pharmaceutical industry with a solid understanding of drug discovery and development

  • Can integrate knowledge across all CPED functions

  • Theoretical and working understanding of modeling and simulation of pharmacokinetic- pharmacodynamic data

  • Through understanding of pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic principles and how they are applied to clinical pharmacology

  • Basic understanding of disease biology and exposure-response M&S required to design early development strategies up to and including PoC

  • Expert working and theoretical knowledge of population pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling methodologies and software

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

  • Working knowledge with graphics software or tools

  • Expert working knowledge of a programming language such as SAS or R

  • Thorough understanding of regulatory strategies and guidelines

  • Experience in regulatory filings and interactions with regulatory authorities worldwide preferred

  • If this is a line management role, personnel management experienced highly desired

  • Demonstration of strategic thinking related to pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic exposure- response analyses and pooled analyses across a project

  • Good written and communication skills

  • Strong, critical analytical mind

  • Ability to operate with minimal supervision

  • Strong leadership skills


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Clinical Pharmacology & Exploratory Development (CPED)

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