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Seattle, Washington, United States
Associate Director, Scientific and Medical Communications
At Lyell, our vision is to develop curative cell-based immunotherapies for solid tumor cancers. We have innovative science originating from our founder’s world class labs and a unique and disruptive approach to research and development. Our company is first and foremost focused on understanding the science. We are a learning organization, dependent on deep collaborative relationships between all of our colleagues, partners and founders. Our culture is based on Science, Respect, Collaboration and Courage and it reflects who we are and the environment we are creating.

You will be responsible for creating, implementing and the execution of internal and external scientific communications to advance medical affairs and corporate objectives. This role is tasked with creating quality and impactful resources that communicate the mission, science, and data of Lyell’s clinical development programs and works closely with cross-functional partners to inform company-wide strategies and tactics in support of corporate goals and initiatives. The incumbent will be responsible for project management for relevant program activities, including budgets, contracts, contractor, vendor, and team management.


  • Support scientific communication strategy by becoming a subject matter expert and internal resource for information on Lyell’s platforms, pipeline, and therapeutic areas.
  • Lead the development of a comprehensive goals and strategic plans for scientific communication and publication planning that addresses unmet data and resource needs and supports program and corporate goals and initiatives.
  • Ensure creation of high-quality, fair and balanced, scientifically accurate deliverables in accordance with initiative timelines, compliance guidelines, and budgets.
  • Oversee congress activities, including content development for corporate Medical Affairs presence, abstract coverage, and congress deliverables in collaboration with Corporate Communications and Investor Relations and with the Competitive Intelligence team.
  • Provide logistical and content support for the cross functional publication planning team to ensure message consistency and alignment on the external scientific communication plan.
  • Actively manage the review process for external materials (posters, abstracts, manuscripts, etc.) and field-based materials (slide decks, FAQs).
  • Create and maintain slide decks and scientific communication resources (e.g., disease state education materials, manuscript summaries, program-specific FAQs, congress summaries, advisory boards, and other internal and external briefing documents).
  • Develop program-specific materials such as mechanism of disease/action graphics, data summary decks, and other templates to be used company-wide for internal and external purposes.
  • Provide support for therapeutic area-specific scientific communication activities aligned with medical strategy.
  • Supervise and analyze Medical Affairs insights and inquiries to advise development of scientific and medical resources.
  • Conduct gap analysis, as needed, to identify scientific communication needs or opportunities.
  • Analyze literature/publications to inform scientific communication strategies and tactics.
  • Provide writing and editorial support for Medical Affairs-driven publications.
  • Understand and follow the various compliance policies for scientific exchange and publications.
  • Conduct literature searches and develop regular updates and annotated summaries of key articles for internal programs and teams.
  • Project management to support Scientific Communications activities.
  • Manage tracking and milestones of company- or investigator-led publications and provide project status reports to the Medical Affairs and Corporate Leadership.
  • Maintain updates and version control of slides in slide libraries and slide repository.
  • Identify and lead opportunities for process design and improvements within Scientific Communications.
  • Recommend and implement innovative approaches for enhancing Scientific Communications deliverables (e.g., digital offerings, tracking of publication metrics).
  • Support achievement of broader Medical Affairs organizational goals, projects, and timelines, as needed.


  • BA/BSc with a minimum of 15 years’ experience; or
  • MBA or MSc with a minimum of 10 years’ experience; or
  • PhD, PharmD, MD with a minimum of 8 years’ experience


  • Minimum 8 years of relevant industry or agency experience in biotechnology or pharmaceuticals (such as Medical Communications, Medical Writing, or Medical Education)
  • Prior oncology biotech/pharmaceutical experience, particularly in cellular therapies and/or solid tumors


  • Experience across all aspects of scientific publication strategy, planning and execution during all phases of drug development, including commercialization 
  • Knowledgeable of good publication practices and guidance (GPP3, ICMJE), Sunshine Act, and other guidance related to scientific data communication
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of project budgets, contracts, consultants and vendors
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, organizational, time management, and project planning skills with strong ability for self-direction
  • Demonstrated track record of strategic execution with limited supervision
  • The ability to work in teams and interface in a dynamic environment across functions
  • Understanding of disease landscape and clinical data to enable analysis of scientific literature and communicate implications cross-functionally
  • Proven experience of successfully managing reports, budgets, projects, consultants and vendors
  • Strong computer and database skills, particularly with Google and Microsoft Office products
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with Digital Communications
  • People management and functional leadership experience

At Lyell, we believe that highest performing teams include people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences who respectfully challenge each other. We are committed to building an open, diverse and inclusive culture for all employees.

Lyell is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristics protected under applicable federal, state and local laws.
The Company complies with all laws respecting equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants with regard to any protected characteristic as defined by federal, state, and local law.  This position requires you to work onsite at the Company’s facilities and the Company requires that all employees working in its facilities be fully vaccinated (except as required by applicable law).  Therefore, this position requires you to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law.  The Company considers you fully vaccinated once 14 days have passed since you received either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.  The vaccine must have been FDA approved, have emergency use authorization from the FDA, or, for persons fully vaccinated outside of the U.S., be listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.”
We’ve learned from experience that some of the best people don’t always match our requirements perfectly - if you’re interested and think you could fit, please don’t hesitate to apply.
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