Principal Scientist – Molecular Oncology / Cancer Pharmacology (m/f/d)

Principal Scientist - Molecular Oncology / Cancer Pharmacology (m/f/d)







Research & Development




We are seeking ambitious and creative Principal Scientists to join our Cancer Pharmacology Department at BI RCV reporting to Scientific Directors in the Department. Leading a team of Lab Scientists, the incumbents will direct in vivo studies to characterize and advance drug candidates in Boehringer Ingelheim's pipeline and portfolio with the aim of bringing new breakthrough treatments to cancer patients. Projects will focus on drugging oncogenic KRAS signalling that drives a large fraction of lung, colorectal and pancreatic tumors. BI offers an international working environment in Vienna, one of the most livable cities in the world.
Depending on prior industry experience this is an open-ended contract or a fixed term contract for 3 years with option for extension.

Tasks & responsibilities

  • Head a research laboratory focusing on mouse in vivo pharmacology to advance and help to position drug candidates in Boehringer Ingelheim's oncology portfolio
  • Participate in drug discovery and development teams with the possibility of leading drug discovery programmes
  • Implement innovative approaches for patient selection, addressing drug resistance and exploring combination treatments
  • Establish impactful external collaborations and coordinate in vivo studies at external partners
  • Closely work together with other local and global disciplines including in vitro biology, computational biology, medicinal chemistry, ADME, oncology biomarker and translational research, and medicine


  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology or a related discipline
  • 3+ years postdoctoral experience in high-profile academic lab; prior experience in biotech/pharmaceutical industry is beneficial
  • Expertise and previous experience working with murine in vivo models is a strong plus
  • Strong publication record and thorough understanding of cancer biology and genetics
  • Highly collaborative spirit and excellent communication skills in English

Your Benefits

  • Position specific training opportunities for your personal and professional growth
  • Comprehensive health promotion, sustaining your health in the best possible way
  • Additional off-days (bridge-days) for more leisure time
  • Company pension scheme, because your future matters
  • Staff restaurant with a variety of lunch options for your daily well-being

We offer an attractive salary package in line with your qualification, experience and individual competencies. The base pay is composed of a market oriented excess payment and the respective amount according to the Austrian collective agreement (at least EUR 60,000 gross per year/full-time).


  • Breakthrough therapies and innovative healthcare solutions for both humans and animals
  • As a family owned company, we take the long view and stand for stability and sustainability
  • Talented and ambitious teams, living innovation and growing together
  • 52,000 employees globally, 2,600 in Vienna

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.

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We will continue to hire talented people and we look forward to receiving your applications. For applicants, virtual video interviews will initially take place. During the limited in-person interviews we still have during this time, we pay special attention to distance and the recommended hygiene rules. We warmly welcome new employees to our 3-day onboarding event, which takes place in the form of an online event.


By uploading your application documents via our application portal we can treat your data confidentially and in compliance with the GDPR.

Ready to contact us? Do you have any additional questions about the position? Your HR Recruiting Manager for this position is Gerlinde Leiss.

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