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Early Research and Clinical Development Ophthalmology Training Program

San Francisco, CA, USA | Roche

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This position is part of the Roche-Genentech Ophthalmology Connect program. It is a unique opportunity to experience drug and personalized healthcare development, and become part of the future of ophthalmology at one of the world’s leading and cutting-edge biotechnology companies.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the two-year program is to provide the opportunity to perform discovery research in the area of ocular diseases and the opportunity to gain specialized, in-depth training and experience in global drug development at Genentech, a global, research-focused healthcare company.


Genentech has a strong commitment to developing novel, vision-changing therapies for patients with ophthalmic diseases. We are seeking a Research/Clinical Development Ophthalmology Fellow to join the Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED) and Late-Stage Product Development (PD) organizations. 

The Research/Clinical Development Fellow will have the opportunity to perform discovery research in the area of ocular diseases. The successful candidate will implement a variety of molecular and cellular techniques to elucidate pathogenic mechanisms and identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention. This is a hands-on laboratory position with abundant opportunity for collaboration with other researchers in a highly dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Technical as well as intellectual contributions to the team are expected.

Additionally, the Research/Clinical Development Fellow will have an opportunity to support a global ophthalmology development team.This position will provide a unique opportunity to learn about Roche/Genentech’s Clinical Development organization that is responsible for developing and executing clinical strategies and plans to deliver novel next-generation therapies that will provide meaningful improvement to patients.The Research/Clinical Development Fellow will join cross-functional teams responsible for the overall program strategy and design, implementation, monitoring, analysis, and reporting of studies. This will require close and frequent interactions with a number of other functions including clinical trial operations, biometrics/statistics, safety science, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, and several business and commercial functions.

Who you are

Applicants should have a relevant PhD with a strong research background in molecular and cellular biology. Postdoctoral experience is a plus. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in retinal disease and/or neurodegenerative disease biology.

Qualified candidates will have expertise in a wide range of molecular and cellular biology techniques, including but not limited to: culture of primary cells, functional assay development, Western blot, qRT- PCR, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, etc Expertise in stem cells, CRISPR/Cas technologies, scRNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis is also preferred. Experience with in vivo rodent models, though not required, is a plus. Track record of completing challenging technical problems independently and creatively, exemplified by publication of research in high-quality scientific journals is required. You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

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.

Unless entitled to a reasonable accommodation under applicable law, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with customer requirements, the company’s health and safety obligations and/or applicable law or guidelines.

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.

Genentech is an equal opportunity employer,and we embrace the increasingly diverse world around us.Genentech prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status and veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our Genentech Careers Homepage. 

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