Careers

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.

Current Openings

Research

Associate Scientist, Biology

The Associate Scientist will contribute to the investigation of therapeutic targets and candidate molecules in cochlea cells and tissue using molecular, biochemical and electrophysiological techniques to support the growth of Otonomy’s pipeline.  Develop biomarkers to support the company’s applied translational research, target selection, and clinical development efforts in ear diseases.  Develop, and execute in vitro biochemical molecular and cell based assays in support of applied drug discovery and development.  Develop and validate testing models to assess drug-able pathways of human ear disease to evaluate the efficacy of small molecule drug candidates and to facilitate selection of relevant ear diseases for preclinical and clinical evaluation.  Conduct biomarker studies of candidate drugs in animal models in close collaboration with the Preclinical Group.

Requirements include a BS/BA. in Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, or related discipline or the equivalent education and experience.  Qualified candidates must also have 5+ years of experience in a comparable role with a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company required.  Comprehensive knowledge of current practices in in vitro cell and molecular biology and pharmacology research within Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and/or Otology.  Experience in developing testing models for drug target characterization and validation, with a desire and experience in translating new biology into viable therapeutics a plus.  Expertise in assay development, automation of assays, and state-of-the-art molecular and biochemical techniques. Experience writing and submitting reports in support of regulatory submissions (INDs). A primary focus and experience in signaling and regulatory pathways, pharmacology or neuroscience is preferred.  A commitment to high-quality research and the execution of research plans in a timely and organized manner.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Scientist, Formulations Development

The Scientist will design, conduct, analyze and report on formulation and process development quality-by-design experiments in Formulation Development. Lead technical efforts in characterization and optimization of exploratory formulations and process design space definition for late stage drug products. Support pre-clinical efforts by designing and conducting laboratory studies relating to formulation performance, stability, process and product characteristics. Actively participate in generating data and reports to support new candidate assessment, new drug delivery system development, IND, NDA and other regulatory filings.

Requirements include a Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences or a related discipline, or an equivalent level of knowledge and experience.  In addition, 1-3+ years’ experience post-Ph.D. degree.  Experience to include designing, implementing and assessing pharmaceutical formulations and product performances to validate research and/or development hypotheses or findings.  Hands-on knowledge, experiences and training in polymer based parenteral drug delivery technologies, polymer characterization and peptide/protein formulation development are strongly preferred.  Relevant industry experience is a plus.  Excellent analytical and problem solving skills required. A personal sense of accountability for furthering the Company’s mission is essential.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Program Management

Associate Project Manager

In conjunction with the Director and other department members, ensure the effective project planning, reporting and control systems necessary to manage various stages of product development.

Deliver Program Management services on the assigned Otonomy programs including but not limited to the development and management of project plans and the facilitation of various team activities for optimal program effectiveness.  Work closely with interdisciplinary project team members to create, track and report project timelines and status.  Identify critical paths and decision points on current and future projects and ensure timely appropriate action to pre-empt program slippage.

Identify and track resolution efforts for project-related risk and issues, and communicate positive and negative deviations from project plans. Assist in the development/optimization of systems/processes and in the identification of “best practices” within the Company.

Requirements include a bachelors’ degree in a scientific discipline or the equivalent education and experience.  Qualified candidates will also have

5+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device industry with 2+ years in project management.  Some science based lab experience helpful.   Knowledge in project management practices, tools, methodology and overall drug development process.  This could include developing timelines, tracking mechanisms and working with Microsoft Project.  Must have background working in the interdisciplinary team environment.  Strong verbal and written communication skills and detail orientation required. Must be proactive, independent, hard-working and committed to achieving difficult goals.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Pharmaceutical Development

Sr. Scientist/Manager – Analytical Chemistry

This individual will develop and execute directly and through staff the Company’s Analytical Development efforts to support pre-formulation, formulation, process development, and clinical supply and CMC requirements. Develop phase appropriate methods to support Otonomy’s development programs. Transfer methods to contract labs and manage related technical activities including ongoing and new stability programs. Assist in preparing CMC input and documents for regulatory submissions.

Requirements include a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry or related disciplines or the equivalent education and experience.  Qualified candidates must have in-depth scientific knowledge and hands-on relevant industry experience of at least 5-7+ years in the development and validation of analytical methods. Hands-on experience in more than one of the following techniques is a must: HPLC, UPLC, GC, SEC, Particle Size, Mass Spectrometry, and Dissolution.  Hands-on experience with effectively managing external contract sites is a must.  Ability to exercise independent judgment in developing methods and evaluation criteria needed to obtain results is required

Must have excellent working knowledge of cGMP practices, ICH Quality Guidelines and other regulatory requirements.  Good knowledge of solid state characterization (e.g. XRPD, IR, NMR, Adsorption Isotherm, DSC, TA, Surface Area Measurement, Particle Size Measurement, and Flow Properties) is a plus as is familiarity with characterization of sustained and controlled release formulation.  Must have experience in completing quality sections for regulatory submissions

To Apply

Please send your resume with salary requirements to humanresources@otonomy.com
or mail to 6275 Nancy Ridge Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121, attention Human Resources.  Please note job code SSMBS15.

Medical

Vice President, Medical Affairs

The VP, Medical Affairs will develop, execute and communicate the Medical Affairs strategy for all compounds in development at Otonomy to ensure that the Otolaryngology and broader commercial community is appropriately educated and enthusiastic about the clinical and scientific basis for the science, therapeutic application and clinical research behind Otonomy’s product portfolio.  Establish Key Opinion Leader (KOL) engagement objectives.  Develop and maintain relationships and educate KOLs in all matters critical to successful KOL support for Otonomy’s programs.  Establish the strategy around the composition and use of Medical Advisory Boards and Medical Advocacy activities.

Requirements include an M.D. with relevant board certifications and 10+ years of experience in a comparable role with a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company required.  In addition, must have clinical trial experience, in academics, cooperative groups and/or industry.  Must have proven success developing and maintaining fruitful KOL relationships and a solid understanding of the commercial drivers of pharmaceutical success.  Proven experience setting strategy and implementing operational plans is important.   Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with collaborators, clients, vendors and personnel, who may have different levels of technical knowledge and understanding.  Current knowledge of and experience with the latest best practices in the Otolaryngology field is preferred.  Incumbent will be capable of implementing new ideas, programs and motivating staff to produce effective results, while working in a start- up “roll-up-the-sleeves” working environment.  Professional demeanor is expected at all times, including the ability to remain thoughtful and focused under pressure.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Commercial

Director, Sales Operations

Responsible for developing, communicating, overseeing and optimizing programs in relation to the Commercial organization’s Sales Operations efforts including sales performance metrics, sales headcount and budget resources, incentive compensation, CRM, Master data management (MDM), fleet, field communications and Compliance (Sunshine Reporting)

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree (business preferred) or an equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered.  MBA highly desirable. In addition, a minimum of 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of progressively responsible commercial roles, preferably within the areas of commercial analytics, sales operations, market research, sales or marketing, and at least 2 years in management roles.  Familiarity with analytical methods and approaches specific to pharmaceutical sales and marketing is required, as is experience in the use of data management and presentation tools (Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).  Expertise in analyzing secondary data in the pharmaceutical industry and a working knowledge of statistical processes and software (e.g. SAS, SPSS, R) is a plus.  Capable of implementing new ideas, programs and motivating others to produce effective results, while working in a fast-paced, “roll-up-the-sleeves” working environment.  Must also be skilled at multi-tasking and leading cross-functional project teams.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Business Operations

Head of Human Resources

The head of Human Resources will direct and advance Otonomy’s “people” strategies and the Human Resources function, including the areas of recruitment and employment, compensation, benefits, employee relations and retention, and organization and staff development. Deliver Human Resources guidance and services to multiple state locations and ensure compliance with all relevant state and federal statutes and regulations.

Provide counsel to the President and management on resource and headcount planning.  Identify global staffing needs and ensure effective candidate sourcing and evaluation.  Develop, implement and administer all employee, management and commercial sales salary, incentive and equity programs.   Interface with the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors in conjunction with the CEO.   Implement and administer all U.S. based employee benefit programs.  Coordinate the annual marketing renewal and related communications and the completion of open enrollments. Stay abreast of the employee relations’ climate and implement solutions to issues as they arise. Counsel employees and managers on career planning, employee retention, conflict resolution and work related problems.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, or other related discipline, or the equivalent knowledge and experience is required.  Professional certification in Human Resources and/or graduate coursework preferred.  Qualified candidates will also have a minimum 10 years relevant professional-level human resources generalist experience, including experience defining and implementing HR strategies and initiatives.  Biotechnology, multi-state and Commercial employee-base experience strongly preferred. Must have experience in a growth stage company, requiring the ability to set vision, establish non-bureaucratic structure where needed, and be resourceful with limited budget and headcount.  Must have proven experience with creative problem solving and strong influence skills. Full understanding of applicable U.S. state and federal regulations, as well as demonstrated organizational and communication skills and attention to detail are required.  Must be capable, confident and discrete in interfacing with senior level management.  User level working knowledge of HR information systems required.  Willingness to travel to various company sites necessary.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Manager/Director, Revenue Accounting

This individual will perform a variety of finance and accounting activities including the preparation of gross-to-net pharmaceutical revenue reporting and other account reconciliations, the documentation and monitoring of policies and internal controls for compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, the preparation of SEC and internal financial reporting, the preparation of technical accounting white papers and other technical projects that arise on an as-needed basis.  Works closely with Otonomy’s commercial and accounting/finance groups, as well as its third-party logistics provider, to prepare reporting and reconciliations.  Assists with the preparation of both internal and external financial statements, footnotes, and audit schedules and other accounting activities and research as needed.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minimum of four (4) years of work experience; some public accounting experience is preferred.  CPA certification required.  Must have technical SEC public company experience, strong analytical and problem solving skills and advanced Excel skills.  Experience with pharmaceutical revenue preferred.  Great Plains Dynamics experience also preferred.  Strong verbal and written communication skills and a proactive mindset and a collaborative work style necessary.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant will provide administrative/secretarial support to the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Commercial Officer involving the coordination of highly complex details and completion of advanced administrative duties.

The E/A will prepare, review, edit and revise correspondence, presentations, spreadsheets and graphs utilizing word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing software; transcribe information of a technical and/or sensitive nature; interact with counterparts of Board members, investors and other key external executives to execute duties; independently handle many issues and determine which major issues should be brought to the attention of the executive; coordinate meetings, conference calls and meeting space; maintain calendar(s), coordinate and monitor travel to anticipate needs and ensure smooth travels.  In addition, the E/A will complete and manage on-going project assignments including but not limited to document processing, report compilation and event coordination to support the assigned executive’s efforts.

Requirements include a high school diploma; Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or a related discipline preferred, or the equivalent knowledge and experience preferred. Qualified applicants will also have a minimum of five years of highly applicable experience including considerable travel planning and project coordination background.  Must demonstrate exceptional computer skills and relevant software application proficiency.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to humanresources@otonomy.com or mail to Otonomy, Inc. at 6275 Nancy Ridge, Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

To Apply

Please send your resume with salary requirements to humanresources@otonomy.com
or mail to 6275 Nancy Ridge Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121, attention Human Resources.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer