Sr Associate Director, Bacterial Pathogenesis

Sr Associate Director, Bacterial Pathogenesis


If you have a passion for innovation and infectious diseases, this is a great opportunity to be a part of an expanding and best in class team. As a member of BI Animal Health Global Innovation Research Group’s Bacterial Diseases team, you will play a vital role in creating innovative solutions for combating bacterial diseases for animals by being a part of an organization that discovers, develops, and delivers breakthrough innovation. We are committed to becoming the leaders in developing meaningful solutions to prevent and control bacterial diseases in animals. If you are looking to make an impact for the health and well-being of animals in a fun and collaborative environment and grow personally and professionally, come join our team in Ames, Iowa!

The position leads a team of scientists that find solutions for the prevention and control of bacterial diseases of animals. The incumbent is accountable for increasing the understanding of the pathogenesis and virulence mechanisms of bacteria, contributing to the discovery and the development of novel entities to control and prevent bacteria and their diseases in animals.

The position will report to the head of Bacterial Diseases, and will contribute to the overall Bacterial Diseases strategy, collaborating with all other ID functions (BIAH, Human Pharma and external), aligned with R&D governance processes, and the long term Animal Health business strategy. The role will be located out of our Ames, Iowa, facility and we offer a generous relocation package.

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:

  • Provide leadership, strategic direction, development opportunities, and mentorship to a team of principal scientists, scientists and technicians working in the area of bacterial pathogenesis. Provide clear direction and role clarity in a complex environment.  Promote, inspire, and support a culture of scientific inquiry and discovery and build a learning culture that delivers scientific excellence.
  • Build, analyze, plan, and manage an industry-leading pipeline based on a clear understanding of unmet needs and value drivers from a customer perspective. Ensure a balanced discovery pipeline. Initiate and support the progression of agreed research projects with the appropriate governance. Maintain the research projects in line with agreed priorities and timelines.
  • Prepares and supports preparation of clear technical reports, publications and oral presentations. Independently communicates results in the form of reports and/or presentations. Presents responsibly and defends own work at meetings. May deliver updates to senior-level management in context of overall project goals. Contributes and presents project related topics within designated ID forums.
  • Manage the drafting and execution of contracts with external academic and research institute partners, working closely with Legal, Intellectual Property. Lead IP development and long term value of BI assets.
  • Serve as a member of Bacterial Disease Leadership Team and be a trusted, collaborative partner, with key experts internally (Animal Health and Human Pharma) and externally (universities, CRO, governmental institutes. Build a global network of KOLs, experts and collaborators to ensure that BI has access to leading expertise and new opportunities in the field of bacteriology. Ensure that BI is the preferred partner for new technologies in these fields. Facilitate a collaborative environment for identification, evaluation and progression of strategic opportunities in the field of bacterial diseases.
  • Build a learning culture that delivers scientific excellence.
  • Prepare and manage annual budget, internal and external resources to deliver the best return on investment to the business, in line with agreed milestones and timelines. Ensure optimal allocation of people and money to projects.
  • Using project management skills, ensure collaboration with other Innovation Division functions to enable smooth transitions through the research and development process.
  • Ensure laboratory, equipment is well maintained, compliant, adequately budgeted and secured, including staff security, and biosafety. Policies and Procedures are up to date, followed and tracked.


  • Doctoral degree (PhD) from an accredited institution in the relevant medical, veterinary, biological fields, as well as at least ten (10) years of experience working with bacterial diseases.
  • Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM or equivalent) and Animal Health industry experience preferred
  • Experience in working under biosafety level 2 or higher.
  • Contemporary and demonstrated knowledge of the biology, pathogenesis and immunology of bacteria and their associated diseases.
  • Ability to develop and lead an innovative research program leading to the discovery of innovative products that prevent and control diseases associated with bacteria.
  • A deep understanding of current disease solutions, including competitive landscape, emerging disease threats and emerging technologies.
  • A proven record of successful research as evidenced by either peer reviewed publications or patents or both.
  • In-depth understanding of the science of bacteria, the rational design of vaccine and therapeutics and the control of bacterial infections.
  • Broad understanding of animal diseases and pathophysiology.
  • Strong understanding of adjacent scientific fields of bacterial diseases, immunology, “omics” and the ability to translate this knowledge into successful bacterial vaccine and therapeutic candidates and disease control approaches.
  • An outstanding ability to communicate with and motivate scientists and academics and embrace new technologies, while focusing the team on key project deliverables.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are a prerequisite to connect within the other parts of the Innovation Division functions.
  • Strong negotiation, communication and influencing skills are essential to ensure effective performance and collaboration, internally and externally.
  • Strong business and financial acumen and the ability to think and act strategically.
  • Ability to partner simultaneously with internal scientific colleagues and external consultants/experts as needed.
  • Passionate, positive attitude with proven ability to motivate others to perform their best.
  • Outstanding flexibility, adaptability and sense of accountability.
  • A willingness to travel internationally.
  • Fluent English is a must have.
  • Located in Ames, Iowa area or willing to relocate

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 is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment, which benefits our employees, patients and communities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to a person’s actual or perceived race, including natural hairstyles, hair texture and protective hairstyles; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; citizenship status, marital status; gender, gender identity or expression; sexual orientation, mental, physical or intellectual disability, veteran status; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law.





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September 22, 2021