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Staff Scientist (Equivalent to Full Professor), Discovery Oncology

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

The Department of Discovery Oncology is inviting applications for a Principal / Staff Scientist position (rank equivalent to full professor in academia). We are seeking an exceptional, highly motivated and creative scientist to lead innovative research efforts focused on cancer biology. The successful candidate will head a research group with the mission to identify novel approaches/targets for the treatment of human cancers. The ideal candidate will have deep expertise in cancer biology spanning cancer signaling and genomics to an understanding of tumor heterogeneity and plasticity and its impact on therapeutic response and relapse (drug resistance).  A consistent track record of publications in top tier journals is required together with strong communication and management skills. The position will involve close collaboration with other research labs in research oncology including Molecular Oncology, Translational Oncology, and Cancer Immunotherapy as well as investigators in areas such as bioinformatics, proteomics, imaging, and small molecule and large molecule drug discovery. As a senior member of the Department, the successful candidate will be expected to mentor junior colleagues as well as lab members in rigorous research, smart decision making and career development. He/she will be expected to publish their research in high quality journals and participate in the scientific leadership of Molecular Oncology.

Our Mission

Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening illnesses. With its history of innovation and a science-driven culture, Genentech has discovered transformative therapies for cancer, inflammatory, ocular and other serious disorders. In oncology, our vision is to transform cancer patients’ lives by leveraging breakthrough scientific insights and state-of-the-art technologies to develop innovative therapies that provide meaningful, long-lasting benefit to patients. Genentech provides an exceptional research environment comprised of internationally recognized scientific leaders as well as state-of-the-art facilities that provide cutting edge technologies and computational resources to support all research activities.


A PhD, MD, or MD/PhD and a track record of sustained, significant independent scientific contributions in areas relevant to the Department’s mission. In general, this would require at least 10 years of leading a research laboratory with demonstrated academic achievement, as evidenced by publications in high impact journals. Evidence of scientific leadership and mentoring also is required, through leadership activities in scientific societies, academic institutions and training of students and postdoctoral fellows. The candidates should have strong communication skills and genuine interest in translating basic research insights into impactful therapeutics. 


Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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