Principal Research Scientist I

Worcester, Massachusetts
Nov 17, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Principal Research Scientist - Precision Medicine 

The Precision Medicine Immunology group is hiring an experienced translational scientist with expertise in clinical imaging who will be responsible for the development, planning, execution, and interpretation of translational medicine activities in support of the immunology clinical development portfolio at AbbVie.

  • Develop imaging/digital biomarker/translational strategic plans and manage implementation of strategies for one or more clinical programs. Responsibility may extend from early translational development activities to mature product life cycle strategies and back translational activities:
    • Manage the design, conduct, interpretation and reporting of digital biomarker/imaging data/activities in line with the development, regulatory and commercial strategies
    • Lead imaging projects/teams across different therapeutic areas in a matrix environment.
    • Coordinates appropriate scientific and medical activities with internal stakeholders (i.e. commercial, clinical operations, discovery, statistics, regulatory, etc.) to execute high quality imaging strategies in the clinic
    • Ensure, in collaboration with project leaders and asset-specific translational team members, that clinical/translational imaging budgets, timelines, publication strategies and regulatory compliance requirements are factored into programs' scientific activities
  • Accountable for the scientific input and review of all translational imaging aspects of clinical and regulatory documents, including but not limited to development plans, study protocols, clinical study reports, regulatory submissions, and responses to any regulatory, and other program documents.
  • Lead scientific collaborations and opinion leader interactions related to the disease area(s); partners with Medical Affairs, Commercial and other functions in these activities as required, consistent with corporate policies
  • Pro-actively consult primary scientific literature, keep current on state of art technologies and emerging concepts in clinical imaging.
  • Work on complex problems in which analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.

  • PhD, PharmD and/or MD with 6+ years or MS with 8+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry or equivalent; substantial understanding of Translational Sciences and relevant Therapeutic Area required. Will hire at level according to experience.
  • Strong scientific background in immunology or related field supported by publication record in these areas
  • Expertise in clinical imaging highly desirable
  • Knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials, companion diagnostics/in vitro diagnostics, protocol design, and/or experience in development strategy preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership in translational sciences (employing pharmacodynamic, predictive and exploratory biomarkers) and experience with development of assays including ligand binding assays, IHC/IF, gene expression profiling, flow cytometry is a plus
  • Ability to manage clinical translational programs and teams with moderate supervision.
  • Organization, detail oriented, and effective time management with an ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Familiarity with data management and visualization tools and collaborating with computational biology to analyze complex data sets emerging from clinical trials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to present the results in clear and concise manner
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing and collaboration skills to work in a team-oriented, matrix environment, and the ability to work through conflicts

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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