About Ikena

Ikena Oncology (NASDAQ: IKNA) is a targeted oncology company focused on developing cancer therapies targeting key signaling pathways that drive the formation and spread of cancer. Ikena is advancing five programs that include four product candidates in either clinical development or IND-enabling studies and has a global strategic collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb.


Ikena has an exciting opportunity for a Director/Senior Director, In Vivo Pharmacology. Reporting to the VP of Cancer Biology, you will be responsible for providing scientific leadership in cross-functional teams and designing novel experimental approaches that address the key questions critical to advancing the Ikena Oncology drug discovery pipeline.

Your Role

  • You will contribute to the research strategy for Ikena Oncology’s early and advanced programs through a comprehensive understanding of cancer biology and drug discovery
  • Lead and mentor a group of high functioning scientists responsible for developing and executing in vivo strategies to establish functional pharmacodynamic and efficacy datasets to guide clinical decisions
  • Identify optimal animal models and work closely with CROs and external collaborators to facilitate project advancement in parallel with internal studies
  • Work closely with colleagues in Translational Research and Early Clinical Development to establish biomarker and indication selection strategies
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to multiple projects simultaneously
  • Help build Ikena’s scientific reputation in the outside community by presenting at scientific meetings and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Champion innovation and drive biomarker discovery and novel target identification by proactively reviewing literature and other advancements in cancer biology
  • Contribute effectively to patent filings, INDs, and other regulatory submissions
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required

Your Background

  • PhD in relevant field of biomedical research with at least 10-12 years of in vivo pharmacology drug discovery experience
  • Demonstrated success as an in vivo pharmacologist for oncology research and development projects, with a proven track record of good experimental design, hands-on implementation of animal studies, in-depth data analysis, and interpretation based on strong scientific rationale
  • Experience in project leadership and driving strategy and timelines
  • Talent and passion for coaching and developing scientific staff
  • Strong track record in oncology or immunology and deep knowledge of multiple fields of biology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by publication and presentation record

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