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Anatomic Pathologist/Scientist, Research Pathology

South San Francisco, California

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The Position

We are seeking an experienced anatomic pathologist to join the Genentech Research Pathology Department for a Scientist / Senior Scientist / Principal Scientist position (rank equivalent to assistant / associate / full professor in academia).  The successful candidate will primarily support research scientists who discover and develop drugs for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory, autoimmune, fibrotic, and retinal disorders. Additional efforts will include supporting scientists and clinicians who discover and develop biomarkers for pharmacodynamics and patient selection purposes in Phase I, II and III clinical trials. The successful candidate will be familiar with, if not expert in, molecular, cellular, and systems biology, and pathogenic mechanisms of human disease. He/she will have an interest in providing pathology support for drug discovery and biomarker discovery programs, and an appreciation for the need for potential flexibility in contributing support to programs in one or more discovery areas as needs arise.  All Genentech Pathologists support work performed in both preclinical animal models and human tissue specimens.  As such, experience in translational research, comparative pathology, and animal models of disease is of benefit.

The Department of Research Pathology provides pathology expertise and tissue-based analysis to support basic scientific discoveries, development of drug targets, and biomarkers using both human tissues and animal models in support of drug development throughout the pipeline. Pathologists use their scientific and medical backgrounds to integrate data from sources throughout the company into a coherent analysis of human disease and animal / organoid disease models. The pathologists’ collaborative support of Genentech scientists includes histopathology interpretive expertise informed by traditional diagnostic categories, as well as by detailed and expert understanding of molecular and cellular biology. These activities are enabled by the pathology core (P-core) labs that include necropsy, clinical pathology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry / in situ hybridization, a human tissue biorepository, advanced light microscopy, electron microscopy, digital pathology, and translational tissue technologies. 

The department has strong ties with academic and clinical groups both in the US and abroad. Publication in peer-reviewed journals is expected as a component of Pathologist career path development at Genentech. This is made possible by abundant opportunities for scholarly activity associated with pathology support responsibilities, and/or any research resources that may be allocated to the individual.


  • You have an MD or DVM or its foreign equivalent, appropriate Board Certification(s) in Pathology, or Board Eligibility, and scholarly productivity in a relevant field of biomedical research.
  • A Ph.D. degree in a related field, in addition to the MD or equivalent degree, is desirable, but not required. We seek candidates who can interpret traditional diagnostic categories in the context of a detailed and current understanding of molecular, cellular, and systems biology.
  • You have experience working with animals models and an interest in the use of comparative pathology to support drug development.
  • You have an interest in adapting and utilizing emerging technologies in pathology.
  • You are able to handle several projects at any given time and can distill complex issues and clearly articulate solutions.
  • You are self-motivated and you will drive to create innovative solutions to solve complex problems in a team environment.
  • You have the ability to work successfully in cross-functional teams that contribute to basic scientific discoveries, development of drug targets and biomarkers.
  • You have excellent scientific communication skills: verbally and in writing; in informal 1-1 settings, team meetings, and formal seminars. Effective communication is essential and includes presentations at cross-functional teams, internal review committees, and external conferences, and will also involve writing reports and scientific publication.
  • You have demonstrated learning agility, adaptability, collaborative skills, strong influencing skills and delivering results through teamwork.
  • You have a strong desire to contribute to our mission of translating basic science and expertise into meaningful, long-lasting benefit for patients.



Who We Are

Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world's most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.

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