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Senior Scientist I/II, Drug Delivery & Biomaterials

Irvine, California Req ID 2204889 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie

As a Senior Scientist I/II within AbbVie Drug Delivery Sciences, you will work as a key part of a talented, multidisciplinary, and cross-functional team to build cutting-edge new capabilities for the sustained delivery of biologics, and small molecules and advance product candidates through early R&D.  The ideal candidate has demonstrated research experience in polymer chemistry, has outstanding oral and written communication skills, and has the desire and capacity to grow as part of a dynamic, high performing team.


  • Plans, coordinates, and executes the synthesis and characterization of polymers and polymer-based materials
  • Applies an in-depth understanding of polymer chemistry to design novel sustained release formulations
  • Prepare, and test the performance of new drug-loaded sustained release formulations
  • Coordinates cross-functional activities with key stakeholders
  • Maintains timely and accurate laboratory records consistent with good documentation practices
  • Contributes to AbbVie's patent estate
  • Responsible for compliance with all applicable Corporate and Divisional policies and procedures

Position can be hired as a Senior Scientist I or II based on the candidate's education and level of experience. 


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education and typically 12 years of experience, Master’s Degree or equivalent education and typically 10 years of experience, PhD and typically 4 years of experience. PhD degree in organic or polymer chemistry preferred. 
  • Possess thorough theoretical and practical understanding of own scientific discipline.
  • Effective writer and communicator of research or other regulatory materials.
  • Willingness to travel up to 15% of the time

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • A thorough knowledge of polymer chemistry and synthesis will be essential
  • Hands on experience in polymer characterization techniques including NMR, GPC, light scattering, DSC, and rheology will be required
  • Prior research experience in the design and development of polymer-based sustained drug release formulations will be desired
  • The successful candidate will have a solid track record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at a national-level conferences in polymer chemistry
  • Excellent scientific approach and communication skills, both oral and written, are prerequisites
  • Good interpersonal and team skills
  • A strong sense of urgency and ability to operate in a highly dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • A desire and capacity to learn, drive continuous improvement, and develop novel solutions to problems

Key Leadership Competencies

  • Deals comfortably with risk and ambiguity, changing course when needed
  • Lives AbbVie values. Acts consistently with our ethics, obligations and the law
  • Acts respectfully yet courageously
  • Communicates openly and honestly with all colleagues
  • Looks outside AbbVie for new ideas to stimulate innovation
  • Connects unrelated concepts, generates original or unique ideas
  • Persistent and resilient - finds the way to move good ideas forward
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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