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ChemoCentryx, a pharmaceutical company located in Mountain View, CA, seeks highly motivated professionals to join our team.

All ChemoCentryx employees share the rewards of their work through a generous stock option program. We also offer 401K and Flexible Spending Accounts, and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision coverage and life and long-term disability insurance.

Please email your resume & cover letter to: or FAX to: (650) 210-2910. No phone calls please. EOE

Administrative Assistant/Senior Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant/Senior Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the Senior Vice President of Research.


  • Set up meetings/activities via Outlook, draft/change/format documents using MS Word of MS Excel, prepare presentations using PowerPoint, answer calls, file documents and process mail/correspondence.
  • Arrange and coordinate onsite and offsite executive meetings.
  • Make travel arrangements in accordance with preferences, prepare trip folders and prepare travel and expense reports for charges on corporate credit card.
  • Prepare, coordinate and distribute quarterly board committee packages. Provide assistance with preparation of board packages. Ensure directors' travel arrangements are secured and coordinated. Maintain attendance records of board and committee meetings and assist the CFO in the scheduling of board and committee meetings and conference calls. Arrange catering and other requirements associated with board meetings.
  • Provide assistance in maintaining a complete and accurate corporate minutes book. Ensure the timely execution by Secretary of approved board and committee minutes. Ensure minutes book is up-to-date to include all minutes, consents and other written actions taken by the board, committees and stockholders. Assist the CFO in the coordination of the annual stockholders meeting.
  • Maintain files of all stock options grants and related activities. Ensure the timely distribution and return receipt of stock option agreements. Provide support to stock option administration, as appropriate.
  • Ensure files for all directors and officers are maintained and complete (e.g. Section 16 filings, D&O questionnaires, etc.).
  • Corporate phone support during the Receptionist's lunch and rest breaks.
  • Perform special projects as requested.


  • HS Diploma or equivalent 3 to 5 years of administrative support, preferably in biotechnology or technology.
  • Extremely professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and follow through.
  • Time management, flexibility and organizational skills. Ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with confidential information in an appropriate manner and use discretion in communications.
  • Demonstrated team and collaborative work with other administrative staff.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and Outlook.

Reference Job Code: #030

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Director - Human Resources

Seeking Human Resources Director to manage the planning and implementation of HR strategies, programs, and initiatives to support the achievement of the company's short and long-term business objectives.

Some of the Key Responsibilities

  • Partners with managers and senior management in all matters concerning Human Resources and People Management
  • Develops annual HR Strategic Plan in conjunction with senior management
  • Drives delivery of HR programs into the organization, including talent acquisition, staffing and selection, employment onboarding, compensation, training and development, talent management and succession planning, employee relations, AA/EEO compliance, and retention
  • Helps to drive organizational effectiveness through Performance Management processes; improves manager and employee performance by identifying problems; evaluating, and implementing recommended solutions; coaching and counseling managers and employees. Assists with the delivery of training when needed
  • Consults with department heads & senior management on organizational structures that will support and enable talent management, employee development, and building of capabilities to support the company's vision and strategic goals


  • Ability to foster a positive team environment and build trusting relationships with employees
  • Track record of success in achieving results
  • Demonstrated success providing direct, complete, and actionable corrective feedback
  • Effective communicator -- strong presentation and public speaking skills; able to write clear and succinct messages for a myriad of purposes and audiences
  • Comfortable in fast-paced and dynamic organizations
  • Experience in employee relations and performance management

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree or equivalent, plus a minimum of 10 years progressively responsible HR experience. Experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry highly desired.

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Director/Senior Director, Biology

The Director/Senior Director, Biology will report to the Senior Vice President of Research. This life sciences research leader will participate in strategic development and implementation of early and late stage research programs while identifying new targets to ensure that a robust pipeline of product candidates is moving towards the clinic. This person will work closely with the members of the executive team and provide both strategic and day-to-day guidance to the scientific team.

  • Initiate and advance new discovery programs to the clinical stage
  • Lead and manage research activities of the biology staff
  • Provide key support to the clinical group in the areas of biomarker development and mechanism of action/translational studies
  • Implement and supervise all necessary screening, preclinical MOA, and pharmacology studies (both in vitro and in vivo) to support the filing of INDs


  • Ph.D. in Biology, Immunology, or related field
  • 10+ years of industry experience in small molecule drug discovery/development, with at least 5 years in a leadership role
  • Evidence of scientific leadership with publication in top-tier journals
  • A successful track record of advancing multiple product candidates from discovery to the clinic, with lead responsibilities
  • Highly-motivated to rapidly accomplish goals
  • Demonstrated expertise and understanding of all aspects of small molecule discovery and early development, including: target identification and validation, development of screening strategies, cell biology and immunology, in vitro and in vivo assay/model development, PK/PD, and ADME.
  • Prior experience in auto-immune and/or inflammation research is preferred and oncology expertise desired
  • A passion for (and commitment to) discovering and developing transformative, best in class therapeutics
  • Exceptional leadership qualities, with the strong management skills necessary to oversee and grow a first class, results oriented discovery and early development team

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree or equivalent, plus a minimum of 10 years progressively responsible HR experience. Experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry highly desired.

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On-Call Consulting Graphic Artist

This is a part-time on-call position. Must be available at least several times year to work 1 day to 1 week at a time.

The Consulting Graphic Artist will support all tiers of research and development staff and management in preparing effective scientific presentations, posters and publications. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Directly supporting research and development presentation projects, with the ability to:
  • Plot simple graphs
  • Devise unique diagrams and illustrations
  • Produce artwork appropriate for major publications such as Science, Nature, etc.
  • Convert to/create high resolution images and improve the clarity of existing graphics when possible
  • Assist in translating scientific concepts and large data sets into complex scientific figures and illustrations.
  • Anticipate and troubleshoot production obstacles to ensure timely delivery of work.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated competency and expertise with Adobe in-Design, PowerPoint, GraphPad Prism and MS Office.
  • Extreme attention to detail and ability to ensure quality and accuracy in all information being presented.
  • Adept at time and project management - able to effectively communicate deadlines
  • Possess and demonstrate both a creative and technical ability to design and deliver information.
  • Comfortable working with scientists and cross functional teams.
  • Demonstrated experience providing graphic design and presentation support in a life science research and development environment.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in providing graphic design, and presentation support.

Education Minimum Requirement

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • A Bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field is preferred, but not required.

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Patent Agent / Associate Patent Attorney

Flexible Title - commensurate with the candidate's background and experience

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare, file and prosecute U.S. and foreign patent (mainly chemistry) applications
  • Conduct patentability, technology assessments, and clearance searches in areas which may impact the Company's intellectual property
  • Support business development efforts, including IP due diligence for prospective opportunities
  • Keep management informed of competitive intellectual property developments and relevant business advice, including worldwide patent prosecution updates as they affect the company's business or opportunities
  • Conduct patent application review meetings with inventors
  • Review responses to US and ex-US Patent Office examination communications drafted by outside patent counsel
  • Manage outside patent counsel activities and interactions
  • Process invention assignments and declarations
  • Review and execute material transfer agreements, confidentiality disclosure agreements, technology transfer agreements and other legal instruments such as contracts
  • Manage external collaborations
  • Review ongoing scientific developments by the Company's research and development teams
  • Review abstracts, posters and publications prepared by the Company's research and development teams prior to submission

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (organic/medicinal) or Biochemistry
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in preparation and prosecution of chemistry (mainly small molecules) and biochemistry/biology patent applications
  • At least 3 years of which were spent as a patent agent or in a related role(s) within a biotechnology, pharmaceutical or related industry
  • Admission to USPTO as a Patent Agent required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the domestic and international laws, regulations, and processes relating to chemistry (mainly) and biochemistry/biology patents and applications
  • Knowledge of the standard concepts, practices, and procedures of the patent agent function within a pharmaceutical or related industry
  • Experience using IP software and systems such as ChemDraw, USPTO website, web-based scientific research applications such as SciFinder and docketing, research database and other relevant software
  • Effective communicator in both oral and written forms
  • Capable of high performance in independent work as well as in team setting

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Scientist - Principal Scientist, Clinical Biomarker Specialist

We currently seek a Scientist to join our Clinical Development Group. The position requires a Ph.D. in Immunology, Cancer Biology or related field, with a minimum of 7 years of experience within the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology sector. The title is flexible (Scientist - Principal Scientist) and will be commensurate with the candidate's background and experience.

The Scientist is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic and tactical aspects of biomarker assays performed in our clinical trials. This individual will work cross-functionally within the team and ChemoCentryx, as well as outside consultants and vendors to help formulate and implement the plan for each clinical trial. The major focus of this position will be coordinating the biomarker evaluation of novel therapeutic agents and development of target engagement and biomarker assays that will support the drug discovery efforts of the therapeutic area. Additional responsibilities include the identification and validation of novel disease pathways and biomarkers.

  • Actively participate in and lead the development and implementation of biomarker strategies for individual projects
  • Manage the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays including pharmacodynamic, predictive, prognostic, safety and other biomarkers
  • Oversee biomarker and complex data analysis; closely works with multiple departments to ensure complete and precise implementation of biomarker strategies
  • Identify, review and select CROs that can support the initiatives and are capable of delivering quality results on time
  • Ensure that overall budgets, schedules and performance standards at CROs meet specifications
  • Facilitate and provide the management oversight of new and ongoing studies in-house and at CROs, including contract initiation/execution, design of studies, study initiations, study monitoring ensuring study quality, and supporting the delivery of study reports in a timely fashion
  • Design, develop and execute studies independently and in collaboration with team members
  • Generate PK-PD-biomarker correlations that help bridge the in vivo pharmacology/toxicology data to PK and efficacy
  • Interpret and report biomarker data to project teams and management to enable and drive project decisions
  • Generate relevant reports and archive appropriate documentation


  • Ph.D. in Immunology, Cancer Biology or related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience within the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology sector.
  • Experience with the discovery, characterization, clinical validation and utilization of innovative biomarkers.
  • Strong scientific skills and prior experience implementing biomarkers in clinical studies.
  • Direct experience in development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays is required.
  • Excellent verbal, written and problem solving skills are required.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following therapeutic areas is desired: oncology, nephrology, inflammation.
  • Excellent track record of working in teams, leading teams, record-keeping, and organization skills.
  • The successful candidate will enjoy working as a member of a fast-paced multidisciplinary project team in an entrepreneurial environment.

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Senior Manager/Associate Director, Quality Assurance

Responsible for development, implementation and maintenance of quality assurance systems and activities. Oversees generation and review of documents used in cGMP, monitors audits of production and QC areas, and audits raw material vendors and prepare manufacturing documentation.

  • Ensures compliant Quality Management System is established and maintained in compliance with applicable company and US/worldwide regulatory requirements, standards, guidance and procedures.
  • Establishes, oversees and maintains a corporate, quality related SOP (CMC, Preclinical, Clinical) system.
  • Leads continuous improvement efforts in quality systems and department infrastructure through the evaluation of trends in key performance indicators, audit feedback, and corrective and preventative actions.
  • Provides cGMP guidance to internal departments for all phases of product development.
  • Develops plans and implements actions to ensure readiness for regulatory and audit inspections.
  • Directs QA support for the review and approval of batch record, validation, specification and change control documentation produced by CMOs and CROs.
  • Oversees, the CMOs and CROs performance associated with the investigations and effective closing of all deviations and ensures that robust corrective actions are identified and quickly implemented.
  • Establishes and maintains systems for the quality oversight of outsourced operations (e.g. contract manufacturers, contract laboratories), including but not limited to the disposition of bulk drug substance and drug product batches, review and approval of deviations, and maintenance of Quality Agreements.
  • Performs audits of CMC, GLP and clinical contract facilities to ensure compliance to relevant regulations
  • Provides support for the oversight of site validation activities.
  • Assists in the preparation and review of regulatory submissions for USA and worldwide heath agencies.


  • BS, MS or PhD degree with 5 to 10 years of direct QA and regulatory compliance experience.
  • Deep knowledge and experience in quality assurance in a highly regulated environment.
  • Proven track record in strategic planning for late stage development programs. Commercial experience desired.
  • Must have strong regulatory compliance knowledge including FDA, cGXP, etc.
  • Able to conduct external audits of vendors and subcontractors
  • Must be detail oriented with excellent prioritization, organizational and project management skills.
  • Superior analytical, problem solving and reviewing skills.
  • Effective communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%

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