Senior Scientist II / III, Translational Oncology

North Chicago, IL, US
Aug 09, 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. He / she will function as a principle investigator, generating original research or development strategies and technical ideas.

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.
  • Independently conceive, execute and communicate novel multi-disciplinary research or development strategies that achieve project and area goals. Serve as a lead scientist on his/her own project and contribute scientific insights into multiple other projects. Demonstrate creative 'out of the box' thinking to solve difficult problems and champion new technologies to achieve project goals.

Level and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

  • PhD; MS; BS in Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or related field with 6+ years (PhD); 12+ years (MS); or 14+ 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.

  • M.D. and/or Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or related field with at least 8+years of relevant postdoctoral cancer research experience in academia or pharma industry.
  • Strong background and expertise in apoptosis and /or immunology & immune-oncology and / or hematological malignancies.
  • Demonstrated excellence and productivity in independent research. Experienced and demonstrated success as primary author of publications, presentations and/or primary inventor of patents.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a principle investigator, generating original technical ideas and research or development strategies.

Key Leadership Competencies
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners 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.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to work within a team environment