The UCSF-Genentech Clinical Development Fellowship Program partners two top leaders in academic research and the biotechnology industry to provide an immersive, innovative, mentored, two-year experience combining academic clinical investigation and pharmaceutical industry training for PharmDs in early postdoctoral years. The objective of this program is to provide training in proper conduct of clinical trials, safety surveillance and risk management, methodologies, and exposure to scientific and ethical issues in research and development.

Fellows will work with research and clinical faculty members at UCSF—a world-renowned teaching institution that focuses on the health sciences—where they will participate in clinical research, patient care, learn via interdisciplinary didactics, and present and publish results of scholarly work.

In partnership with Genentech, a leading biotechnology company in serious or life-threatening medical conditions, fellows will gain experience in clinical development and build core competencies in clinical and safety sciences that will prepare them for an exciting career in the biotechnology​/​pharmaceutical industry.

Please view our latest PDF iconprogram brochure here.


Application deadline

November 1, 2020 (11:55pm)

Start date

July 1, 2021


2 years

Genentech training (~3 days/week)

  • Immersion in safety science (50%) and clinical science (50%)

  • Attendance at oncology focused professional conferences

UCSF training (1-2 days/week)

  • Mentored experience in oncology clinical service on inpatient unit and/or Early Phase Development unit, with some clinical preceptorship duties

  • Training in designing clinical research and responsible conduct of research

  • Didactic training and research seminars on Principles of Clinical Pharmacology or special topics in oncology

Other program features and details

  • Individualized training plan

  • Quarterly multidisciplinary research seminars in collaborative, basic, and clinical research

  • Leadership and skills development workshops with other UCSF fellows and residents

Training and licensure requirements

  • Priority consideration will be given to candidates with residency training

  • PharmDs must obtain licensure in California by 10/31/2021

How to apply

Applicants should utilize the Qualtrix portal to submit all application materials https://ucsf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ag8holZESriWVLL

These will include demographic information (note: face page no longer required) plus

  1. Letter of intent (1-2 pages)

  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of recommendation using the PDF iconlor_form.pdf (please include at least one from a full-time faculty member) to be sent separately to [email protected]

  4. Official transcript of all college coursework to be sent separately to [email protected]

All materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline. Candidates will be notified by email of their application status (application complete, missing documents, etc.). After initial screening, a proportion of candidates will be invited for a 2-hour interview to take place virtually during late November or early December. After first round interviews, a small number of candidates will also be invited for a second round of interviews to take place on the Genentech South San Francisco campus during late December 2020.

Learn more

We will be hosting informational Q&A webinars on the following dates. Please allow adequate time to connect to the Zoom platform. These webinars will not be recorded. A portion of the webinar is dedicated for prospective applicants to have Q&A time with the current fellows.

Thursday 10/15/20 12pm-12:45pm

Join link Join Zoom on 10/15
Meeting ID 910 9480 6560
Password 329426



Leslie Floren, PharmD, MA, DABCP
Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine

[email protected]


Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

[email protected]

Brian Simmons, PharmD, MS

[email protected]

Susan Eng, PharmD

[email protected]

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