Associate Director, External Innovations

  • BioNTech Careers
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Work experience
  • Research, development, teaching
  • Published: 14.09.2022
  • published till: 30.11.2022
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Associate Director, External Innovations

BioNTech is a Germany-based biotechnology company with U.S. offices in Cambridge, MA and Gaithersburg, MD, that focuses on developing cancer therapeutics, including individualized immunotherapy, as well as vaccines for infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The company’s oncology pipeline contains several classes of drugs, including mRNA-based drugs to encode antigens, neoantigens, cytokines, and antibodies; cell therapies; bispecific antibodies; and small-molecule immunomodulators. BioNTech is partnered with several large pharmaceutical companies, including Roche, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Genmab. Comirnaty (COVID-19 vaccine) is its first commercialized product.

External Innovations is a new department at BioNTech aiming to add both scientific and business values to the company. It answers and works closely with the senior management as well as collaborates with other key stakeholders. External Innovations seeks out potential business opportunities based on the highest scientific merits and focuses on innovations that are either untapped or in stealth mode. External Innovations actively scout in academia, government-funded research and the industry. 
We are seeking an Associate Director to join our growing team based in our Cambridge, MA site or in Germany. In this exciting position you will report to the Vice President of External Innovations and work in an entrepreneurial team to generate new ideas and evaluate external innovation opportunities within the healthcare sector. The role requires strong scientific judgment, creativity and a know-how on how to navigate through uncharted and challenging environments to deliver highly valuable deals to BioNTech. It requires strong collaborative spirits to work with both internal and external stakeholders.


Here, you’ll achieve greatness.

  • Analyze, interpret, and summarize preclinical/clinical study data, scientific literature, and other technical information.
  • Seek out highly promising innovations that may be developing in stealth or untapped for potential development at BioNTech.
  • Write deep-dive reports with the highest quality in a concise manner for internal stakeholders.
  • Interact with companies and research institutes to explore collaboration opportunities.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders in collaborative and transparent manners (e.g., business development, corporate strategy, science, clinical development, etc.).
  • Attend conferences, presentations and symposia to identify promising opportunities.
  • Identify key opinion leaders and experts.
  • Conduct interviews with identified key opinion leaders and experts.

What you have to offer.

  • A minimum of a Master's degree with a strong preference for applicants with MD or PhD degrees.
  • At least 2 years of relevant sector experience in the sell-side or the buy-side as an equity research analyst or in healthcare consulting roles. Previous experience as a Scientist will be considered.
  • Strong passion towards science, especially immunology.
  • Impeccable integrity, work ethic and commitment.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Very strong data-searching and analyzing skills. Be able to synthesize large amounts of data and structure findings/thoughts/ideas into a tangible recommendation to management.
  • Organized, detailed-oriented personality with the ability to multi-task in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Benefits for you.

BioNTech US is committed to the well being of our team members and offers a variety of benefits supporting our diverse employee base. Salaried/Position-Targeted Hourly Employees working 30+ hours per week are eligible for our comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include but are not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life, AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance
  • HSA & FSA Spending Accounts
  • Health & Wellness, including free onsite gym access
  • Adoption & Surrogacy Assistance
  • Vacation and Unlimited Sick Time
  • Holidays and Floating Holidays, including discretionary winter shutdown
  • 401(K) Plan with Significant Company Match
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Professional Development
  • Commuting Assistance and subsidized onsite parking
  • Discounted Home and Auto Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
Plus more benefits that will be shared upon hire!

Have we kindled your pioneering spirit?

Then apply now for our location Cambridge (Boston) and simply send us your application documents using our online form.

For those who require assistance due to disability, or have questions prior to applying, please email

*BioNTech does not differentiate on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, color, sexual orientation or identity, disability, age and other protected statuses as given by applicable law. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Most important – it’s a match!