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 Translational Research & Innovation Department in Heidelberg, Germany, we are looking for a

Translational Project Leader (f/m/d)

(Reference No. R2115)

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  • Act as a subject matter expert in a key area of immuno-oncology as member of a cross-functional development team, supporting the development of novel cancer immunotherapies
  • Establish the scientific strategy, rationale, and experimental design of translational research to support clinical development of Affimed’s drug candidates and to implement key findings from clinical studies to drive innovative adaptation of drug candidates
  • Initiate and drive all aspects of translational research in cross-functional development teams
  • Initiate and lead external translational research collaborations and ensure their deliverables in time, budget, and predefined quality
  • Present project status updates as well as new and innovative project ideas on a regular basis to different audiences (e. g. preclinical teams, cross-functional development teams and management)
  • Support further development of ongoing as well as novel projects by integration of findings from publications and conferences


  • PhD; MD, DVM or MD/DVM PhD
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in clinical or pre-clinical Pharmaceutical Research in at least one of the fields: Translational Medicine, Translational Science, Biomarkers or Clinical Development
  • A solid understanding of drug discovery, clinical development, and cancer immunobiology
  • In depth knowledge in innate immunology and hematological tumor biology, immune cell populations and cellular crosstalk within the tumor microenvironment
  • Experience in preclinical development of antibody or cell-based therapeutics is of advantage
  • Strong capabilities in relationship building with team members and external partners, ensuring successful collaboration
  • Experience in driving projects according to timelines, budget, and quality
  • Excellent communication skills covering a broad range of audiences, including research teams, cross-functional development teams and management
  • Self-motivated, pro-active and a team playing personality
  • Experience in working in a matrix organization is of advantage
  • Profound communication skills in English, both written and verbal


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: +49 6221 6743 675, e-mail:

October 2021

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