Our Employment Philosophy

Because the quality of Otonomy’s employees is the key to our success, we carefully select each new employee. We are committed to developing products that will benefit people’s lives and build value for our shareholders. As a team, we value honesty and integrity, knowledge, initiative and leadership, and a commitment to quality and improvement in everything we do. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these values. We treat one another with respect and take pride in the significant contributions that come from teamwork and the diversity of our organization.  We strive for excellence and sound, responsible decision making. We know that Otonomy’s success depends on the performance of each member of our team.

When filling open positions, we will always strive to select the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, veteran or other protected status. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to Affirmative Action for Minorities, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans.

Notice to Search Firms/Third Party Recruitment Agencies (Recruiters)

Because The Human Resources team manages the recruitment process for Otonomy. To protect the interest of all parties involved, Otonomy will only accept resumes from a recruiter if an executed search agreement is in place at the start of the recruitment effort. Unsolicited resumes sent to Otonomy from recruiters do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter and Otonomy and do not obligate Otonomy to pay fees should we hire from those resumes. Recruiters are requested not to contact or present candidates directly to our hiring managers or employees.

Current Openings

Preclinical Development

Associate Scientist, In Vivo

The Associate Scientist, in Vivo will be responsible for conducting and analyzing in vivo experiments and reporting findings. Submitting recommendation and design of new experiments and approaches.

Essential Functions:

    • Conducting and analyzing in vivo and ex vivo experiments related to ear disorders and reporting findings
    • Submitting recommendations and study design for new experiments and approaches
    • Drafting data reports that support scientific findings and manuscripts for potential publication.
    • Presenting data to supervisor and others at internal and external meetings.
    • Participating in the development of data utilized in the completion of research grants and/or patent applications.
    • Maintaining a functional knowledge of the theories and techniques of an experienced research scientist in the area of otological pre-clinical development/pharmacology and share knowledge with peers and others.
    • May perform other related duties as required and/or assigned and may train and mentor junior staff.

All qualified applicants will have the following:

  • PhD degree (or M.S. degree with additional experience)
  • 3-5 years of applicable experience in the auditory field.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Significant hands-on experience with ex vivo cochlear assays and/or in vivo otology studies, tissue culture, confocal laser microscopy, histology and molecular biology techniques.
  • Ability to manage and execute on multiple and competing priorities is expected.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work as a team member are essential.
  • Background in Otology preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability

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Medical Affairs

Medical Science Liaison

Create a strategic advantage for Otonomy by being part of a best-in-class medical affairs Field Medical Team that has capabilities to engage all types of KOLs across the complex landscape of Payer/Academic and Community KOLs. Develop strong advocacy with these KOLs through credible scientific dialogue which contains data from RCTs, AMCP dossiers, QOL tools, Database Claims Analysis, Population Health Research, as well as Health Economic and Outcomes Research. Significant previous experience with scientific and medical aspects of market access and/or medical patient access role is required and the necessary payer skills to be part of an innovative MSL team with broad capabilities; ones that enable them to communicate many different types of data beyond RCTs, including AMCP Dossiers of value to the Payer KOL/Formulary Decision Maker.

This type of small, nimble biopharma medical team will be able to flex across the spectrum of Payer/Academic/Community KOLs and will have documented experience of success in previous patient access roles. MSL will be a field based team member that is able to flex across the spectrum of KOLs, given the evolution of their interests, scientific needs and the complex landscape which includes Payers/Academic/Community KOLs and P&T decision makers.

Location: This role is remote. The preferred location for the role is on the East Coast, Mid-West and West Coast.

Essential Functions:

  • Capability of developing medical advocacy with Payer/Academic/Community KOLs and enthusiasm for the scientific basis of Otonomy’s product portfolio.
  • Develop strong advocacy with the spectrum of KOLs through credible scientific dialogue which contains data from RCTs, AMCP Dossier, Quality of Life Tools [QOL], Database Claims Analysis, Budget Impact Models, as well as Health Economics & Outcomes Research.
  • Working with the Reimbursement and Market Access teams, help achieve patient access objectives, formulary approval and payer coverage for Otonomy’s portfolio though the use of scientific and medical information.
  • Stay abreast of medical reimbursement best practices and build relationships with key payer decision makers.
  • Highly skilled in the medical and scientific aspects of patient access, the MSL will partner with Reimbursement and Market Access teams, in a compliant manner and consistent with our SOPs, to create access for patients to Otonomy’s portfolio.
  • Execute on KOL engagement metrics for all types of KOLs and Quality of Care/Health Outcomes Organizations. In a compliant manner and consistent with our SOPs, assist with the appropriate use of Medical Advisory Boards and Medical Advocacy activities.
  • Responds to medical inquiries from the spectrum of KOLs, by providing timely, accurate, scientific data in a compliant manner.
  • Supports the Commercial team, in a compliant manner and consistent with our SOPs, with medical and scientific expertise as requested.  Provides sales force with training at national and regional levels as requested. Assists in the selection and training of appropriate healthcare professionals participating in the commercial Speaker’s Bureau.
  • Effectively and compliantly responds to requests for medical information from the spectrum of stakeholders; covering important scientific topics from clinical trials, pre-clinical data, drug safety and medical information, etc.
  • Represents Otonomy at specific continuing educational events/programs, medical meetings and conventions. Executes congress strategy and develops key insights for internal education and supporting the development of our strategic plan.
  • Supports clinical development with KOL insights and other requests clinical development may have of the MSL team.
  • May provide medical and scientific insight to Otonomy’s Business Development group and other parties on new disease opportunities that align with Otonomy’s current technology and corporate strategy, as well as new technologies.

May perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or related field with Advanced Degree required (ie. Pharm D, MD, PH.D).
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in the bio-pharmaceutical industry including:
  • Significant previous experience as an MSL in the bio-pharmaceutical industry
  • Significant previous experience and history in a full time role involving medical aspects of market access and/or medical patient access role within the biopharma industry. Prior experience in a medical patient access role with a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company (i.e. full time responsibility for payer engagement, managed care, national accounts, HE&OR, payer field team etc.]
  • Proven experience executing strategy for formulary success, payer coverage, influencing quality of care organizations and implementing operational plans.
  • Significant capabilities in capturing KOL insights across the spectrum of Payer/Academic/Community KOLs and demonstrated experience applying those insights in the development of Payer Dossiers and HE&OR.
  • Previous experience creating advocacy with Payer/Academic/Community KOLs through credible scientific dialogue that includes RCTs, Payer Dossiers, HE&OR, QOL tools, BIMs and Surveys.
  • Previous experience demonstrating success with advocacy and accountability for medical metrics
  • Excellent communication skills (public speaking, 1:1 exchanges, written communications) as well as the ability to work collaboratively with several teams in the field such as sales, market access and national accounts.
  • Must be fully cognizant of all relevant complex scientific data and complex regulatory requirements for field-based personnel. This includes understanding and remaining vigilant with compliance and current SOPs.
  • Must be committed to continuing education to maintain knowledge base.

Please use the link below to view the full job  description and apply:


Clinical Development

Director, Drug Safety

The Director of Drug Safety will be responsible for directing the safety surveillance of company investigational and post-marketed drug products.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee drug safety processes for clinical programs and post-marketed products, identify and respond to drug safety issues, and implement actions to improve drug safety.
  • Provide medical and scientific review and evaluation of safety information and adverse event reports for both marketed and investigational medicinal products
  • Work in conjunction with clinical trial Medical Monitors to coordinate medical monitoring of ongoing clinical trials.
  • Contribute to and review drug safety section of Clinical Trial Protocols, Case Report Forms Adverse Event/SAE Reporting forms, and Clinical Study Reports for projects.
  • Contribute to and review drug safety sections of regulatory submissions and safety updates.
  • Develop and/or review study-specific safety monitoring plans, documents, and tools to ensure the consistent and timely reporting of SAEs. Oversee third-party safety reporting vendor.
  • Generate and review individual adverse event reports, adverse event tabulations and data summaries, and prepares/writes periodic safety reports.
  • Review coding of (MedDRA, WHO Drug) for AEs, and Com Meds and Medical History
  • Lead the set-up and running of the DSMB as required.
  • Review post-market pharmacovigilance plan. Review/approve post-market spontaneous AE narratives and reports and literature reports (provided by safety vendors) completeness/accuracy and classification for regulatory reporting.
  • Review clinical safety data during data cleaning.
  • Responsible for SOPs for safety/pharmacovigilance.
  • Travel is required (5%+) to Investigator Meetings and Company Meetings, which may include international travel

All qualified applicants will have the following:

  • BS/BA, RN, PhD, or Pharmacy degree or related field or the equivalent education and experience
  • Must have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry or CRO, with at least 5 years in drug safety operations, pharmacovigilance and risk assessment.
  • An in-depth knowledge and thorough understanding of FDA, EU, and global regulations, ICH guidelines, and GCPs that govern drug safety and pharmacovigilance are required.
  • High level of understanding of global regulatory requirements for drug safety reporting, with recent experience in clinical drug safety assessment and reporting.
  • Solid understanding of global GCP requirements.
  • Must be a demonstrated self-starter and team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively with vendors and personnel at clinical sites. Strong written communications.                                                                                                                                        

Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability

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To Apply

Please send your resume with salary requirements to or mail to
4796 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, attention Human Resources.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer