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Associate Scientist II/Scientist I - Investigative Toxicology & Pathology

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2212516 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie


The primary functions of this position are conducting laboratory experiments and analysis in support of molecular toxicology studies.

Key responsibilities:

  • The candidate must be able to multi-task and collaborate successfully across other groups within R&D to identify optimal screening assays for early detection of toxicity liabilities
  • Support Preclinical Safety Toxicologists and Pathologists with key in vitro platforms for investigating molecular mechanisms of toxicity and enabling optimal selection of drug candidates.
  • Develop/characterize 2D and 3D in vitro platforms, focused on toxicology.
  • Produce/coordinate/present key data related to mechanisms of toxicity using in vitro assays or other methods as needed.
  • Analyze and interpret relevant molecular toxicology data in a timely manner and communicate data and interpretation to project stakeholders
  • Collaboratively transfer in vitro platforms and methods to/from other key groups within AbbVie as needed.

Can hire at Associate Scientist II or Scientist I level based on experience.


  • BS in cell/molecular biology, Molecular toxicology/Pharmacology, biochemistry, or related field with 3+ years of experience or MS in cell/molecular biology, Molecular toxicology/Pharmacology, biochemistry, or related field.
  • Experience in basic cell culture and molecular biology (RNA, DNA, protein) endpoints
  • Good analytical skills and knowledge in data analysis, interpretation, report writing, and communication (both written and oral)
  • Practical knowledge of in vitro assay development and troubleshooting
  • Experience with molecular model characterization and imaging endpoint a plus
  • Knowledge of traditional scientific, statistical, and graphing software
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:  gene expression profiling (e.g., RNA-seq, quantitative PCR), gene silencing (siRNA or shRNA), mitochondrial function assays, and/or complex in vitro models (MPS).
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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