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


Director/Sr. Director, Clinical Sciences

Responsible for planning, establishing and ensuring an integrated Clinical Development growth strategy, working in conjunction with Preclinical, Clinical Operations, Program Management, CMC, Regulatory, Medical Affairs and Commercial functions.

Designs, plan and develop the clinical trials and ensures effective implementation to advance product development.

In conjunction with the Chief Scientific Officer (“CSO”), interact with external medical/scientific advisors, thought leaders and clinical investigators, as well as with internal management and development staff to prepare/revise/maintain and efficiently execute the clinical drug development plan.

Facilitate clinical trials in conjunction with CSO and Clinical Operations by, among other activity, contributing to the design of clinical studies, contributing and coordinating the writing and updating of clinical study protocols,  reviewing clinical study data and performing analyses in conjunction with Biometrics, establishing good working relationships with investigators, providing guidance and/or training for external personnel/parties involved in Otonomy’s clinical studies, contributing to the writing of clinical study reports and facilitate, assist and/or participate in the preparation of clinical study manuscripts by Investigators, internal personnel, and/or contract writers.

Act as lead drug development plan advocate, in partnership with the CSO, with internal and external audiences. Partner with leadership to develop external advocates for Otonomy’s technology, products, and direction.

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of both clinical and commercial strategies and priorities. Maintain relevant clinical and technical expertise by, among other activity, reviewing scientific journals, attending scientific and key technical meetings and partnering with company medical, research and business teams. Proactively provide feedback on emerging clinical/competitive trends. Provide clinical education support for internal customers.

Maintain positive professional relationships with the medical community in general and especially in the otology/ENT specialties and identify emerging medical and health care practices important to the company’s business. In conjunction with Medical Affairs, develop and maintain relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in all matters critical to successful KOL support for Otonomy’s programs.

Contribute to the writing and updating of Investigator Brochures, IND annual reports, and annual reports to regulatory agencies.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Ph.D., Pharm.D., or M.D. with a minimum of 3 years clinical drug development-related experience or Masters degree in a relevant field with a minimum of 5 years clinical drug development-related experience.
  • Applicant must have hands-on clinical trial experience in industry; experience in specialty therapeutic areas is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success establishing, communicating and driving a vision and strategy for a therapeutic area/product and develop an integrated plan of action including milestones and endpoints and ensure executional excellence.
  • Proven experience setting strategy and implementing operational plans is important.
  • Excellent verbal and written medical and scientific communication skills, effective public presentation skills and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with collaborators, key opinion leaders, and colleagues, who may have different levels of technical knowledge and understanding and/or differing opinions.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain organized and to wear multiple hats in an at times ambiguous, fast-moving environment. Capable of implementing new ideas, programs and motivating colleagues to produce effective results, while working in a hands on working environment.

Interested candidates, please apply through our website at:




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