Investigative Toxicologist/Safety Pharmacologist

Lake County, Illinois
Dec 07, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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AbbVie's Investigative Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology group is an innovative, functional and integrated scientific team contributing to the advancement of the overall portfolio. The Project Scientist will focus on providing Discovery teams with integrated strategic preclinical safety plans.  An understanding of early screening for preclinical safety and the ability to integrate in vitro and in vivo data are requirements.  The ability to collaborate across teams in a matrix environment is essential.

Essential Job Function/Description:

  • Provide leadership and direction as the nonclinical safety point-of-contact and subject matter expert for Discovery projects covering toxicology and safety pharmacology disciplines.  Key responsibilities include assessing the safety profile of the target, designing toxicology and pharmacology studies, developing a target specific screening strategy to support compound development, and communicating the project strategies and testing plans to leadership.
  • Conduct hypothesis-driven pre-clinical safety characterization focused on enabling accelerated decisions regarding target viability and internal prioritization of early lead molecules
  • Partner with key allied functions (e.g., DMPK, formulation scientists, anatomic and clinical pathologists, project leaders, discovery biologists, design and synthetic chemists) for strategic design and implementation of experimental plans and protocols
  • Ensure alignment between preclinical safety and discovery colleagues ensuring smooth and efficient transition of projects to Early and Mid-Development
  • Lead cross-functional efforts to investigate the mechanism of and the relevance of in vitro and in vivo data derived from state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Strategically apply expertise to elucidate mechanisms of toxicity, improve risk assessment, and solve scientific problems
  • Partner with regulatory toxicologists, molecular toxicologists, safety pharmacologists and other functions to develop optimal strategies to address specific issues as well as select and advance Development compounds
  • Maintain a strong, externally recognized reputation in field of expertise
  • Represent AbbVie in industrial consortia and professional organizations focused on improving non-clinical safety assessment



  • DVM and/or PhD in Toxicology, Pharmacology, Pathology or a related field
  • 6+ years of experience in pharmaceutical research, especially in investigative preclinical safety
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven record of scientific contributions to the scientific community
  • Ability to bridge between the Discovery and Development environment
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary scientific teams in a matrix environment

Preferred (or encouraged):

  • ACVP certification
  • DABT certification

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 5 % of the Time
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Equal Employment Opportunity
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