Senior Scientist, Translational Oncology

Lake County, IL, US
Jan 19, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
AbbVie Oncology is seeking a highly motivated Senior Scientist to advance our oncology late-stage clinical pipeline and approved medicines through translational research. The Senior Scientist will work with a multi-disciplinary team on data analysis and experimental execution of different aspects of translational research.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Interrogate target biology, implement and interpret data from preclinical and clinical studies to conceive and execute novel scientific research that can advance AbbVie's oncology late-stage pipeline and approved therapeutics.
  • Design and perform experiments to elucidate sensitivity and resistance mechanisms to the therapeutics and mechanism-based combinations to guide the clinical team.
  • Generate new scientific proposals and lead those efforts. Act as a lead scientist in his/her area of expertise and critically evaluate relevant scientific advances and integrate this knowledge into clinical development programs.
  • Develop productive collaborations and communications with other groups across science disciplines internally and with external collaborators.


  • PhD; MS; BS in Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field with 0+ years (PhD); 8+ years (MS); or 10+ years (BS)
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills as well as excellence and productivity in independent research.
  • Must be proactive and able to work effectively on multiple projects in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.D. and/or Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology or related field with at least 3+years of relevant postdoctoral cancer research experience in academia or pharma industry.
  • Strong background and expertise in apoptosis.
  • Demonstrated excellence and productivity in independent research.

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.
  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence" and can change course quickly where indicated.
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality.
  • Level and compensation will be commensurate with experience

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled