Affimed (Nasdaq: AFMD) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company which engineers targeted immunotherapies, seeking to improve patient outcomes through the power of innate immunity. Affimed’s fit-for-purpose ROCK® platform allows innate immune engagers to be designed for specific patient populations. We are developing single and combination therapies to treat cancers.

To strengthen our highly motivated Research and Development Team in Heidelberg, Germany, we are looking for a full-time

Head Preclinical Development (f/m/d)

(Reference No. R2110)

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  • Manage and direct all activities in the Preclinical Development department
  • Build, develop and lead the Preclinical Development team
  • Provide strong leadership to the Project Leaders, Non-Clinical Development
  • Define strategy for Preclinical Development in alignment with the Chief Scientific Officer and executive team
  • Contribution to decision making as member of the R&D Leadership team and the Chief Scientific Officer Leadership team
  • Ensure optimal operational execution of the Preclinical Development strategy across all programs and projects, generate and provide scientific data and rationales supporting Affimed’s pipeline development
  • Represent Affimed and its Preclinical Development work at international conferences


  • PhD in Life Sciences or MD
  • Demonstrated leadership in Discovery/ Research and/or Early Development Programs for at least 5 years
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated capability to communicate complex scientific data and concepts to different target audiences (e.g. subject matter experts (SMEs), KOLs, senior management, Business Development, investors)
  • Ability to influence scientific community and to deliver Affimed’s communication goals
  • Proven ability to lead a functional group of SMEs in the field of preclinical development
  • Proven ability to design and execute strategies and plans in preclinical development
  • Full proficiency in English (oral and written), German language skills are a plus


The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work in a dynamic, highly motivated, multidisciplinary, and collegial team.
For any queries, please contact Susanne Hering (Tel: 06221 6743 675, e-mail:

March 2021

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