Scientific Program Director – Immuno-oncology

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research seeks a Scientific Program Director in immuno-oncology to help build, shape, and direct the Foundation’s portfolio of innovative research projects in this critical area of cancer research.  Based in New York City, this is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively with scientific leaders at the Mark Foundation as well as from academia and industry in pursuing our mission to accelerate the transformation of cutting edge concepts and technologies into beneficial impacts and cures for cancer patients.  The successful candidate will bring an understanding of the interplay between the immune system and cancer to inform the Foundation’s strategic direction and ensure early awareness of opportunities to enable discoveries, platforms, or therapies that can transform the lives of patients.

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds groundbreaking scientific research integrating discoveries in biology with innovative technology to deliver breakthroughs to patients. We serve as a premier partner to cancer researchers through our exemplary non-profit business model that combines the funding of high-impact, transformative basic and translational cancer research with venture philanthropy.  At the core of what we do, The Mark Foundation strives for better outcomes for cancer patients and their families.

Key Responsibilities

  •  Identify and evaluate global opportunities in basic, translational, and clinical research, and innovative technologies, prioritizing for potential for impact and accelerating value to patients
  •  Play a significant role in shaping and executing the Foundation’s scientific strategy, including identifying areas of scientific focus within immuno-oncology
  •  Direct a portfolio of scientific projects aligned with areas of focus, including engagement with investigators, evaluation of project concepts and proposals, progress reviews for resourced projects, and   communication of results
  •  Connect and liaise with key international thought leaders to stay abreast of the latest discoveries and trends in cancer research and immuno-oncology
  •  Serve as scientific spokesperson for the Foundation, including representing the Foundation at scientific meetings and conferences
  •  Engage collaboratively with internal team members and external partners
  •  Participate in various work streams to address business, legal, and communication requirements necessary to advancing the Foundation mission
  •  Engage collaboratively with internal team members and external partners


  • Doctoral degree in life sciences research, preferably in a field directly related to immuno-oncology
  • Minimum eight (8) years of relevant post-doctoral experience
  • Demonstrated track record of accomplishment, including notable contributions to science and authorship of high impact scientific publications
  • Experience directing research aimed at understanding the interplay between the immune system and cancer, and recognition as a leader in the field
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies and scientific methodologies applied to cancer research and immuno-oncology, including ‘omics platforms, translational in vitro and in vivo models, cell     engineering, etc.
  • Experience leading complex projects, partnerships, and alliances
  • Some experience in a pharma/biotech environment preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in cross-functional teams
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse and comprehensive workforce based on merit and experience. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to unlawful considerations of sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and/or expression), pregnancy, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion or similar philosophical beliefs, disability, marital and civil union status, age, genetic information, veteran status or any personal attribute or characteristic that is protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive compensation package with comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision, and 401k.

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10 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022


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