Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities University of Southern California and AbbVie, Inc.
One-year postdoctoral fellowships are available now at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and AbbVie, Inc. in the following disciplines:
Drug Delivery Sciences
Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship
This non-laboratory based one-year Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship focuses on developing skills of a modern clinical pharmacology scientist. The fellow will be provided opportunities to gain expertise in nonclinical and clinical development through honing skills in areas such as nonclinical pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics, clinical pharmacology, translational strategies, modeling and simulation/pharmacometrics. As part of the training, the fellow will be provided with opportunities to engage in various activities such as: design and execution of nonclinical pharmacokinetic/toxicokinetic studies, design and execution of clinical pharmacology studies, development of translational strategies in support of target engagement and biomarker/ dose/regimen selection, preparation of regulatory documents, and PK/PD and pop-PK modeling. The candidate will also participate in cross-functional team interactions spanning all of AbbVie’s therapeutic areas including eye care, aesthetics, and neurotoxin. This advanced hands-on training program can be tailored towards the specific needs and background of the candidate.
Collaboratively design and oversee execution of nonclinical pharmacokinetic/toxicokinetic studies and/or clinical pharmacology studies
Analyze, interpret, and present data derived from nonclinical and clinical studies
Serve (alongside a senior mentor) as a representative on nonclinical and clinical project teams to guide clinical pharmacology and translational efforts
Contribute towards drafting regulatory documents
Execute, interpret, and present results from PK/PD and/or pop-PK analyses at internal meetings
If applicable, present work at professional meetings and/or author a scientific publication
Drug Delivery Sciences Fellowship
Core AbbVie therapeutic areas, such as Eye Care and Aesthetic Medicine, are highly reliant on local delivery of drugs to enable the desired therapeutic effect. AbbVie’s Drug Delivery Sciences Department, part of Development Sciences, has established industry-leading drug delivery capabilities (e.g., bioerodible sustained release, delivery devices) to support a diverse portfolio of small molecules and biologics. The one-year Drug Delivery Sciences fellowship focuses on the design and development of new drug delivery systems and related capabilities including new technologies and novel adaptations of existing systems. This fellowship is intended to give postdoctoral researchers exposure to conducting R&D in the pharmaceutical industry, while advancing the fellow’s own scientific and professional growth. The fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in other departments and disciplines within R&D.
Contribute to the advancement of AbbVie’s science and capabilities in one or more areas of drug delivery
Collaborate with other scientists, both within and outside the department, to design and evaluate drug delivery systems and enable new products that address unmet medical need
Pharmaceutical Sciences Fellowship
The one-year Pharmaceutical Sciences Fellowship focuses on the design and evaluation of novel oral, ophthalmic, and dermal formulations. As part of the training program, the fellow will be provided opportunities to gain first-hand experience with the different functional areas of the Pharmaceutical Sciences organization. This fellowship program is intended to give postdoctoral research training to support the fellow’s professional and career growth.
Design and evaluate novel oral, ophthalmic, and dermal formulations
Evaluate the effect of excipients and processing parameters on quality and performance
Investigate new formulation platform technologies
Expand technical writing skills by developing, reviewing, and writing protocols and technical reports
Research Pharmacology Fellowship
This one-year Research Pharmacology Fellowship focuses on developing the pre-clinical translational skills required of a pharmacology scientist. As part of the training program, the fellow will participate in pre-clinical study activities including study conceptualization through study design, protocol development, study execution, and cross functional team interactions across multiple therapeutic areas within AbbVie. Additionally, interested fellows can gain expertise in pharmacology sections of regulatory submissions, and interact with scientists from other functions such as formulation development, clinical pharmacology and clinical development. The fellowship is intended to enhance the postdoctoral research training of the applicant with hands-on application of core biological principles and techniques to move programs from preclinical stages to clinical development for key AbbVie programs.
Independently design and conduct pharmacology
studies to support program projects
Research, design and validate novel platforms or targets
Be able to execute, interpret, and deliver data analyses
If applicable, present work at internal AbbVie meetings, a professional meeting and/or author a scientific publication
Professional or graduate school transcripts. Official pharmacy school or graduate school transcripts may be sent electronically from the registrar’s office to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Pharmacy Residency & Fellowship Programs, 1985 Zonal Avenue, PSC B-15 Los Angeles, CA 90089
For candidates attending AAPS 2022 PharmSci 360 in Boston, MA, there will be an informational session on the fellowships scheduled for Tuesday, October 19 at 9:00am at the convention center. If interested, please email your CV to Gabriel Ramos at email@example.com to be invited to attend an informational session on Tuesday October 18, at 9:00am. Location to be announced.
The USC Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship programs are designed to prepare postdoctoral scholars for rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical industry. Fellows work with mentors to participate in activities that enhance the skills required to excel in their field. Graduate-level coursework and seminars at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy are part of the fellowship along with our industry partners including Abbvie, Inc.