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Senior Principal Pathologist

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Nov 6, 2023

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Science/R&D, Pathology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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The primary role of the pathologist is to assess the safety of experimental compounds in animals as well as through the use of in vitro systems. Data generated serves to enable project teams to de-risk and advance candidate compounds through early stages of development. The pathologist also acts as subject-matter expert and scientific resource for other departments, working cross-functionally as a key contributing member to project teams. Additional tasks include design and conduct of study protocols, evaluation of clinical and anatomic pathology data, presentation of data, and preparation of reports. The ideal candidate will enjoy working within a collaborative team that is scientifically curious, team-oriented, and consistently strives to deliver innovative solutions to improve patients’ lives.


  • In cooperation with the toxicology department, the pathologist designs, directs, conducts, and evaluates studies to determine the potential toxicity of experimental compounds in different species of animals. This involves interpretation of data in the field of pathology (necropsy, histopathology, clinical pathology, electron microscopy, etc.).
  • Integrates the anatomic pathology data, clinical pathology data, and other study findings to generate a pathology report as a component of the toxicology report.
  • Provides input to study protocols, supervise necropsies, perform histological examinations in rodent and non-rodent studies, author pathology reports, conduct peer reviews, and review regulatory documents.
  • Partners with regulatory toxicologists, pathologists, pharmacokineticists, pharmacologists, and other functions to develop optimal strategies to address specific toxicology issues as well as select and advance development compounds.
  • Provides professional consultation to scientific staff of other departments and provides professional supervision to assigned technical areas. Provide scientific and technical expertise to project teams.
  • Serve as early safety representative on drug discovery teams. Predicts possible toxicities, develops safety screens to detect as well as mitigation strategies to avoid potential toxicities and prioritize the safest compounds for progression to development.

  • Qualifications

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or equivalent) plus post graduate training in veterinary pathology.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a veterinary pathologist.
  • 5-15 years of prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry is preferred.
  • Board Certification in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology (ACVP or equivalent) strongly preferred.
  • Candidates with a Ph.D. in pathology or related discipline are strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with related fields: pharmacology, toxicology and drug development.
  • Seasoned experience in biological research and the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent oral and written skills with a proven record of scientific contributions to the scientific community.
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    AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.


    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, and YouTube.

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