Scientist I / II - Redwood City, CA | Biospace
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Scientist I / II


Redwood City, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

AbbVie in the Bay Area is seeking a Translational Histopathology Immuno-Oncology Scientist with Image Analysis, Molecular Pathology and Multiplex Immunofluorescence expertise.

Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products — Imbruvica, Venclexta, and Empliciti — and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in nearly 200 clinical trials in 19 different types of cancer.

AbbVie is expanding its oncology hub on the West Coast, with three sites in the San Francisco Bay Area (Redwood City, South San Francisco, and Sunnyvale) focused on the discovery and development of novel oncology therapies. More than 1,000 AbbVie scientists, clinicians, and product developers with strong entrepreneurial roots work across these three sites. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology, stem cells, and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. This position is based at AbbVie in Redwood City, CA location.


We are searching for a motivated and detail-orientated scientist who has a high degree of proficiency in routine histology, general immunohistochemistry procedures as well as advanced molecular and immunofluorescence techniques. In this role, you will be responsible for the technical procedures utilized in the preparation of microscopic slides including tissue processing, paraffin and frozen block sectioning, and H&E staining. Responsibilities will also include setting up multiplex fluorescence assays, analysis of the images and interpretation of histopathological data. Prepare project reports using PowerPoint slides and Microsoft Word. Other tasks include archiving samples; instrument and equipment maintenance; and related laboratory tasks.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Support all histology and immunohistochemistry (IHC) needs for research and clinical projects

  • Execute experimental protocols and spearheading new multiplexing and molecular protocols for specific in house research and biomarker discovery projects

  • Perform image analysis evaluation

  • Driving projects with minimal supervision and working independently.

  • Learn, understand and master new experimental techniques, and act as a resource or mentor for others.

  • Innovate and implement new experimental protocols.

  • Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in his/her field.

  • Set and meet experimental timelines.

  • Effectively organize and present scientific plans and data.

  • Contribute to writing and conceptual framework of publications, presentations, and patents.




  • The successful candidate will have a PhD in biology or other life sciences with 2-5 years of experience, or a Bachelor/Master degree with at least 5-7 years of experience in a histology setting.

  • The ability to troubleshoot histotechnological challenges is critical.

  • Experience in digital pathology is essential.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential as the selected individual will be required to contribute to written protocols and to fully participate in group meetings.

  • The individual will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships in cross-functional teams.

  • Working knowledge of basic computer software (Microsoft office, Excel, Powerpoint, and Prism) is required.


  • Extensive knowledge of histopathological techniques including molecular pathology, multiplex immunofluorescence and image analysis is preferred.

  • Strong scientific background in the field of Immunology, Oncology or Immuno-Oncology.