Pharmacyclics, LLC

Senior Clinical Scientist

Sunnyvale, CA
Mar 22, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Pharmacyclics is committed to the development and commercialization of novel therapies intended to improve the quality and duration of life and to resolve serious unmet medical needs for cancer patients. Pharmacyclics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in more than 200 clinical trials for over 20 different types of cancer.

More than 1,200 Pharmacyclics and AbbVie research scientists, clinicians, marketing, operations and corporate professionals work in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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. Together, we are striving to outsmart cancer.

General Position Summary/Purpose:

This position is responsible in conjunction with the Medical Monitor for the scientific planning, monitoring and reporting of assigned clinical trials. The Senior Clinical Scientist assists the cross-functional study team (SMT) addressing protocol questions, including preparation of clinical study protocols, patient informed consents, and other core documents which are central to clinical and scientific trial conduct.

Key Accountabilities/Core Job Responsibilities:

    Support the medical monitor with the development of program-level documents, including but not limited to clinical protocols, clinical study reports, abstract and manuscripts, presentations, investigator brochures, and various other internal and external documents and communications as needed. Support the medical monitor with review and contributions to study documents such as the statistical analysis plan, the data management plan and the medical monitoring plan.
  • Assist the medical monitor with regular and ad-hoc data reviews and interpretation; prepare and present summaries/documentations of these reviews. Works with project management to coordinate review cycle process as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the medical monitor to identify any trial-related safety trends, and as needed, generate reports to summarize the data and trends and provide timely and regular updates to the SaMT. Assist the medical monitor with protocol deviation review Assist Clinical Operations with developing the operational strategies for clinical research studies and development programs (e.g. PI selection, CRO selection, budgets)
  • Assist with protocol and study conduct training of CRAs, study coordinators, and investigators.
  • Assist clinical team addressing study protocol questions from clinical site study staff, IRB or EC, and regulatory agencies.
  • As agreed with the medical monitor, manage trial-related committees such as Safety Review Committees, Steering Committee meetings as well as independent DMC meetings, and serve as the clinical representative on various project sub-teams. Ensures that the clinical elements of documents are of quality, accuracy and format and comply with laws, regulations, and corporate standards. Assist in preparation of Clinical and/or Regulatory submissions (e.g. Briefing documents, EOP2 packages, INDs, IND Annual Reports, Safety Updates, NDAs, CTDs, Investigator Brochure updates and protocol writing). Effectively collaborate with cross-functional internal groups and external partners, as well as work effectively with external key opinion leaders and investigators. Assists in competitive intelligence and application to clinical protocol development. Develop and maintain departmental processes, policies, SOPs and associated documents as needed.


    Knowledge and experience in clinical trial conduct. Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work closely and effectively in a cross-functional team environment. Capable of managing multiple priorities, and able to exercise sound judgment, work under pressure and produce accurate and timely work within a highly-regulated environment. Strong organizational skills and an ability to take the initiative and be flexible in resolving problems as necessary. Strong verbal and written communication skills a must, and ability to present scientific study data and results (clinical and non-clinical) to internal and external audiences required.

Education Requirements:

    BS/BA with major in Sciences or allied health professions, or with equivalent work experience (Advanced degree is preferred).