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Sr. Scientist (cell based)

Irvine, California Req ID 2207339 Category Quality Assurance Division AbbVie



The CBPA Scientist is responsible for conducting bioassay-based potency testing of biologics for release and stability of both commercial and late-stage biologics under current good manufacture practice (cGMP). He/she will prepare all documentation associated with the cGMP testing and independently or in a team setting execute protocols in support of manufacture of AbbVie’s biologics products.




  • Perform cGMP testing in support of the manufacture of AbbVie’s biologics products.
  • Generate, compile, and evaluate data for technical reports to support uninterrupted commercial and clinical supplies.
  • Review and approve raw data and laboratory notebooks/worksheets.
  • Manage critical reagents and supplies
  • Write quality systems records including laboratory investigations, change controls, non-conformances.
  • Support regulatory inspections where needed
  • Coordinate instrument purchases and maintenance of existing instruments


  • The candidate should have PhD in relevant field, e.g., biochemistry, cell biology or molecular biology with 0-2 years of applied experience; a MS degree in relevant field and 3 or more years of applied experience; or a BS degree in relevant field and 5 or more years of experience.
  • Experience with the application of aseptic cell culture and 96-well format bioassay techniques for potency determination of proteins and their degradation and modification products.
  • Skill in the use of and programming multiple equipment for bioassays  such as Synergy2, Neo2, MSD Imager, CSI Imager, Luminex Plate Reader, SpectraMax iD3.  Experience in the application of liquid handlers in cell-based assay automation and related software for data analysis is a plus.
  • Demonstrated profficiency in use of software such as JMP, Gen5, SoftMax Pro, Minitab and Prism for data analyses.
  • Skills in addition to bioassays including Western blot, qPCR, qELISA and antibody conjugation (HRP and biotin) are preferred.
  • Ability for technical trouble-shooting, in particular, root cause analyses and CAPA development / implementation is a must.
  • Knowledge in the requirements for working in cGMP environments is required.
  • A solid understanding of methods and procedures related to the production and characterization of biopharmaceuticals in a regulated environment is expected.


Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: No
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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