Principal / Senior Principal Pathologist

Lake County, Illinois
Jun 18, 2021
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About AbbVie
AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.


The Department of Pathology in Preclinical Safety (PCS) at AbbVie has an opening for a Board-Certified Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist. The successful candidate will have a passion for bringing his/her scientific skills to the discovery and development of new medicines.  

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Perform evaluation of pathology data sets and generate pathology reports for regulatory toxicity studies intended to support the development new medicines
  • Perform pathology peer reviews 
  • Provide expert scientific leadership in interpretation of pathology data in order to drive appropriate development strategies
  • Design and evaluate investigate studies to explore mechanisms of toxicity using appropriate technologies, including molecular, imaging, biomaker and other analyses
  • Contribute to regulatory submissions and other relevant documentation
  • Possibility to represent PCS on cross-functional project teams
  • Possibility to be involved in due diligences for in-licensing opportunities.  



  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or equivalent)
  • Board Certification in Anatomic Pathology (ACVP or equivalent)


  • Ph.D. in pathology or related scientific discipline is strongly preferred
  • Previous experience in pharmaceutical industry or contract research organization is a plus

*Job level will be commensurate with experience

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop and execute complex strategies
  • Ability to build strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance
  • Ability to be an active participant with leadership skills in multidisciplinary scientific teams
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and integrity and strong commitment to quality.  

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