Principal Research Scientist I or II, PKPD Modeling

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Dec 03, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Principal Research Scientist II or Principal Scientist I, Quantitative Translational Pharmacology (PKPD Modeling)

Location: This position can be located in either South San Francisco, CA; Worcester, MA, or Lake County, IL (Chicagoland Area).

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 30,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.


The AbbVie portfolio consists of several marketed products in Immunology, Oncology, Virology, and Women's Health as well as a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules being studied in hundreds of clinical trials or advancing from Discovery into Development. AbbVie is a global organization with US sites in Boston (Worcester, MA), Chicago (North Chicago, IL), and the San Francisco Bay Area (South San Francisco, Redwood City, and Sunnyvale) that will be consolidating into a new facility in South San Francisco in 2021. AbbVie employs more than 1,000 scientists, clinicians, and product developers with strong entrepreneurial roots across these sites. They combine their expertise in various therapeutic areas as well as both traditional and novel drug modalities including bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), covalent-inhibitor technologies, and cell-based therapies (CAR-Ts) to discover and develop novel treatments to improve the lives of patients. The location of the position is negotiable based on business needs and candidate preferences. Some travel may be required.

The Quantitative Translational Pharmacology (QTP) group within Drug Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics & Bioanalytics (DMPK-BA) is searching for a Principal Research Scientist to provide mechanistic and translational modeling and project support in all disease areas, informing decision-making in both small and large molecule projects from discovery through the early stages of clinical development. The candidate will establish innovative translational modeling approaches, such as mechanistic PK/PD or systems modeling, across disease and therapeutic areas, as well as provide DMPK-BA project support enabling translation of assets from Discovery into early Development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement innovative, quantitative analyses and strategies for translational modeling across Discovery and Development projects
  • In a matrix manner, lead and mentor junior modelers within the global DMPK-BA organization in translational modeling approaches and best practices, ensuring that translational modeling strategies and technologies are aligned with project and functional deliverables
  • Liaise with Discovery biology, pharmacology, toxicology, biomarker, DMPK-BA and clinical scientists to generate data and knowledge supporting the generation and implementation of translational models
  • Establish and maintain effective collaborations with key senior stakeholders within DMPK-BA, Discovery and clinical to facilitate knowledge and data integration for target prioritization, biomarker selection, candidate selection, guidance in (pre)clinical study design, human dose prediction and calculation of therapeutic index
  • Effectively communicate and influence on strategies related to DMPK and translational modeling and simulation
  • Maintain awareness of, and lead modelers to contribute to, emerging literature and science in computational approaches and applications


Basic Qualifications:

For the Principal Research Scientist II level, we require:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Science related field with 16 years of related work; Master's Degree Science or PharmD with 14 years of related work; PhD in Science or related field with 8 years of related work experience.

For the Principal Research Scientist I level, we require:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Science related field with typically 14+ years of experience; MS or equivalent education with typically 12+ years of experience; PhD with typically 6+ years of experience in area or scientific area of discipline

For both levels, we require:

  • Hands-on experience with relevant modeling software and programming languages including MATLAB/Simbiology, R, Python, WinNonLin/Phoenix, etc. is required
  • Must have a strong understanding of Translational Sciences, DMPK, PK/PD modeling and human dose prediction in one or more therapeutic areas and be able to give clear recommendations for the design of preclinical and clinical studies
  • Understanding of small and large molecule drug development (including novel modalities) and relevant analytical methods for measuring drug and biomarkers in preclinical and clinical study samples is highly desired
  • Publication record demonstrating PK/PD modeling examples is highly desired
  • Must have strong communication skills and the ability to influence, negotiate and communicate with both internal and external stakeholders, and to audiences of diverse backgrounds
  • Highly-motivated, self-driven and results-oriented person with excellent communication and presentation skills, capable of both leading and being lead
  • High degree of flexibility in adapting to different projects and personalities as well as excellent networking and relationship-building skills (both internal and external) required
  • Passion for data analysis, solving technical problems and applying new technologies to further scientific goals and answer key scientific questions enabling informed decision-making
  • Prior experience as a DMPK project team representative and work in an experimental in vitro or in vivo biology field is desired

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate (Ph.D.) in chemical, mechanical, or biomedical engineering; applied mathematics; quantitative pharmaceutical sciences or a related field, with at least 7 years of pharmaceutical industry experience

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 when necessary
  • 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

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