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Bristol Myers Squibb

Principal / Senior Principal Scientist - Pathology

Science and Research




New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

External Job Description

When you join BMS, you are joining a diverse, high-achieving team united by a common mission.

Nonclinical Research and Development (NCRD) is an integrated function with responsibility for characterizing nonclinical safety and disposition characteristics of the entire BMS Research and Development pipeline programs, with critical role from early discovery to submission of marketing authorization applications. We utilize our deep expertise in toxicology/pathology, ADME, PK/PD, biopharmaceutics and Bioanalytics in all modalities (small and large molecules, cellular therapies and other novel modalities) to collaborate with peer R&D functions to identify and solve issues, discover high quality drug candidates, enable their clinical development and successful marketing authorizations across the globe.

Here, you’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities that are uncommon in scale and scope. You’ll pursue innovative ideas while advancing professionally alongside some of the brightest minds in biopharma.

BMS is looking for a toxicologic pathologist who is seeking an exciting opportunity to join a large and expanding Biopharma company with career development opportunities. This is a chance to join a very experienced group of pathologists within a highly collaborative and supportive organization geared towards the development of safe and efficacious medicines for areas of unmet need. The opportunity to grow your career is something that BMS takes seriously and fully supports.

Key Responsibilities

  • Complies with GLPs and SOPs, company policies, safety and animal welfare guidelines, and other state and federal regulations. May generate and/or update departmental SOPs;

  • Embraces/demonstrates BMS Core Behaviors.

  • Participates in company-wide scientific initiatives and serves in a leadership role for DSE-wide scientific initiatives. Scientific expertise contributes to issue resolution in discovery or development programs.

  • Performs gross and microscopic examinations on animals used in toxicologic or preclinical efficacy studies; interprets data obtained from toxicology studies (e.g., organ weight, clinical pathology, necropsy, and histopathology data); and generates well-written reports that accurately reflect those data.

  • Reviews internal or external pathology reports to assure that the data are accurately and completely documented and that the significance of the data to drug registration and safety is accurately reflected.

  • Supports drug discovery in the selection of ECN candidates and drug development in the advancement of IND and NDA candidates by providing expertise in pathology and/or as a project team representative.

  • Takes a leadership role in pathology peer reviews and oversight of protocols, data, and reports generated inhouse or at contract laboratories and maintenance of effective relationships with CRO pathologists, scientists, and technical staff to ensure high quality, on-time reporting.

  • Evaluates and implements new procedures, equipment, and strategies to increase departmental productivity and quality, in part, by keeping up with current scientific literature in pertinent work-related areas.

  • Provides diagnostic support for the laboratory animal colony in order to recognize and control spontaneous disease.

  • Promotes external visibility through presentations to regulatory agencies and/or at scientific meetings, scientific publications and participation in cross-industry consortia and professional society initiatives.

  • Recognized as an expert internally and/or externally in an area of toxicologic pathology and attracts new talent.

  • Demonstrates leadership and effective management skills and willingness to take on managerial responsibilities.

Basic Qualifications

Principal Scientist

  • Bachelor's Degree & 8+ years of academic / industry experience


  • Master's Degree & 6+ years of academic / industry experience


  • PhD & 4+ years of academic / industry experience

Senior Principal Scientist

  • Bachelor's Degree & 10+ years of academic / industry experience


  • Master's Degree & 8+ years of academic / industry experience


  • PhD & 6+ years of academic / industry experience

PLUS 2+ years of leadership experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • DVM (or equivalent)

  • Preferred advanced training in veterinary pathology (MS or PhD) and/or Board-Certified Anatomic Pathologist ECVP or ACVP

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or if you are applying to a role based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and you believe that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, during or any part of the recruitment process, please direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

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