Scientific Director – Immuno-oncology

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research seeks a Scientific Director with expertise in the field of cancer immunology to help build, shape, and direct the Foundation’s portfolio of innovative projects in this critical area of cancer research. 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.
Based in New York City, The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to accelerating cures for cancer by integrating discoveries in biology with innovative technology. We fund a global portfolio of groundbreaking research carried out by individual investigators, multi-investigator teams, and inter-institutional collaborations.

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 programs 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, including workstreams to address business, legal, and communication requirements necessary to advancing the Foundation mission


  •  Doctoral degree in life sciences research, preferably in a field directly related to immunology or immuno-oncology
  •  Minimum three years of relevant experience as a postdoctoral researcher or in another relevant role in academia, industry, or government
  •  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
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies and scientific methodologies applied to cancer research and immuno-oncology
  •  Experience leading complex projects, partnerships, and alliances
  •  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 401(k).

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


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