ED, Bacterial Disease Research

ED, Bacterial Disease Research


The position is accountable for building a brand new team of bacterial scientists based in Ames, Iowa. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and managing the Bacterial Disease Research Strategic Plan in collaboration with all other Innovation Division (ID) functions (BIAH, BI Human Pharma and external collaborators) aligned with ID governance processes, and the long term Animal Health business strategy. This strategy will have lasting impact on the overall portfolio value. The bacterial disease research team led by the incumbent will identify and develop ways for the control of bacterial diseases, in veterinary species. The incumbent is accountable for the discovery and development of novel entities, as well as the initiation and support of opportunities for life cycle management, prevention and control of bacterial diseases. As part of the AH Research Leadership Team, the incumbent is expected to contribute to the strategic direction and leadership of AH Research activities. The incumbent will also lead and manage the appropriate life cycle management activities collaborating with global strategic marketing.

As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies’ success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim’s high regard for our employees.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate as an active member of the AH Research Leadership Team and Innovation Committee. Work closely with other Research leaders to support early research, ongoing projects and initiatives. Provide strategic inputs to the Head of Research related to innovative life cycle management, prevention and control of bacterial diseases.
  • Accountable for proactively developing, refining, implementing and executing the Bacterial Disease strategy for BIAH, as well as provide regular updates to ID leadership. Ensure technical approaches are implemented that lead to a high scientific quality, robust and innovative pipeline. Ensure the pipeline progresses within agreed upon timeline, budgets, and according to BI standards.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key experts, both internally (AH and HP) and externally. Act as thought leader/expert within and across AH and HP functions.  Build a global network of KOLs, experts and collaborators to ensure access to leading expertise and new opportunities in bacterial disease research. Utilizing these relationships, facilitate a collaborative environment for identification, evaluation and progression of strategic opportunities. Will support all BIAH R&D functions, Business Development, and Global Strategic Marketing as needed to ensure the success of the BIAH business franchises moving forward.
  • Responsible for ensuring bacterial diseases research builds and maintains on institutional knowledge of competitive research developments and IP. Provide expertise to evaluation of new and emerging concepts of bacterial diseases that may be applied to treat or control bacterial diseases of animals in the future. Ensures team collaborates with other Innovation Division functions to enable smooth transitions through the research and development process.
  • Maintain relevant contemporary scientific awareness of advances in science and customer’s needs, as well as competitor R&D activities. Support IP development and long term value of BI assets. Publish and present research results in alignment with the objectives of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health’s publication policy.
  • Build a center of excellence for bacterial disease research that designs and executes novel bacterial disease prevention and control strategies during the discovery and clinical proof-of-concept (POC) stages and ensures transition to development.
  • Provide leadership, strategic direction, development opportunities, and mentorship for direct reports globally. Communicate the big picture of the main task frequently and provide role clarity to the entire team.  Promote, inspire, and support a culture of scientific inquiry and discovery, building a learning culture that delivers scientific excellence.
  • Ensure that all activities remain compliant with all appropriate internal BI standards for safety, scientific standards, animal welfare standards as well as being compliant with all appropriate local, country and regulatory agency laws and requirements.
  • Ensure laboratory facility and equipments are well maintained, adequately budgeted and secure.


  • PhD (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in the Life Sciences or Bacteriology and with at least ten (10) years of relevant experience in pharmaceutical and or vaccine discovery and development.
  • Ten to twenty (10-20) years of experience in bacteriology research activities and or the discovery and development of vaccines and new chemical entities to prevent and control bacterial diseases.
  • At least five (5) years of previous experience with leadership and management of direct reports and technical teams globally.
  • Extensive scientific knowledge of infectious diseases and their prevention and control through innovative products.
  • Extensive knowledge of bacterial disease research and development processes as well as a strong understanding of the veterinary relevant veterinary species and their management.
  • Excellent working knowledge of vaccine and pharmaceutical discovery and research, including vaccine development, NCE screening, models, and processes
  • Possess a deep understanding of both basic science, project leadership and the performance and needs of bacterial control products on the Animal Health market.
  • Incumbent will have a thorough understanding of the pharmaceutical and vaccine discovery process including development and application of relevant targets and screens to help establish structure activity relationships.
  • Appropriate knowledge of vaccine development and an excellent understanding of relevant biological principles.
  • Ability to establish, manage and lead internal and external teams of qualified professionals.
  • Ability to understand, influence and motivate personnel in a matrix organization and be able to work efficiently under pressure.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory.


Desired Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate in another language such as French or German is beneficial.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.
  • Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required).
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

Who We Are:

At Boehringer Ingelheim we create value through innovation with one clear goal: to improve the lives of patients. We develop breakthrough therapies and innovative healthcare solutions in areas of unmet medical need for both humans and animals. As a family owned company we focus on long term performance. We are powered by 50.000 employees globally who nurture a diverse, collaborative and inclusive culture. Learning and development for all employees is key because your growth is our growth.

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Boehringer Ingelheim, including Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Puerto Rico LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; citizenship status, marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; physical or psychiatric disability; veteran or military status; domestic violence victim status; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.



 – Research & Development

Primary Location

 – Americas-US-IA-Ames


 – US-Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health


 – Full-time


Posted on

October 5, 2020