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Senior Scientist II/Principal Research Scientist , Analytical Chemistry- ARD

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2202087 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie


AbbVie Analytical Research & Development (Analytical R&D) is a global analytical sciences organization responsible for all CMC analytical activities related to the development of AbbVie's pharmaceutical products.  Our scope includes AbbVie's diverse pipeline of innovative small molecule and therapeutic biologic medicines and spans from the selection of Discovery candidate molecules through the transition of analytical methods and testing to commercial labs to support product launch.  We are building a world-class team of scientists and leaders who will drive the advancement of industry-leading analytical capabilities and make meaningful contributions to advance AbbVie's pipeline of innovative medicines.  Careers in AbbVie Analytical R&D provide unique opportunities to work with global and cross-functional teams to drive exceptional science and innovative product development strategies.  We are looking for diverse candidates with strong scientific and leadership experience to join the AbbVie Analytical R&D team and can offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities for these candidates.

Analytical R&D is seeking an experienced scientist with expertise in chromatography, automation, and CMC development to lead a group to support HPLC method development of small molecules and biologics with automation and in-silico techniques.


  • Work with partners to systematically screen and develop chromatographic methods to support the development of small molecule and biologics drug candidates. 
  • Leverage cutting-edge automation tools and data mining/in-silico techniques to probe key development questions and build a robust foundational knowledge base.
  • Lead research and initiatives independently for short- and long-term organizational objectives.
  • Supervise/mentor a team of scientists and evaluate the performance of those individuals. Account for effective team performance.
  • Communicate clearly and build lasting partnerships across functional boundaries.


  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs with 12+ (BS), 8+ (MS), and 3+ (Ph.D.) years of experience in pharmaceutical or related industry. Preferred educational background includes but is not restricted to Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or Chemical Engineering.
  • Sound understanding of chromatography in at least one area (small molecules or biologics) with proven track records. Experience in chromatographic method development and troubleshooting. Strong knowledge of using Fusion®, Drylab®, or Chromsword® is a plus.
  • Hands-on experience and active interest in automation, hardware/instrument assembly, and system configuration. Experience in setting up high throughput separation platforms is a plus.
  • Active interest in evaluating and implementing new hardware/software platforms to improve capability and productivity.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated record of building lasting partnerships across functional boundaries.
  • Strong record of successfully influencing key stakeholders and collaborators to drive decisions. Experience in mentoring junior scientists and improving organizational efficiency.
  • Demonstrate creative “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve complex problems and champion new technologies to drive scientific excellence.

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross-functionally with partners outside of the team to enable higher performance.
  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence”, and can change course quickly where indicated.
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation, and manages innovation to reality. 
  • Agility and operational excellence mindset. Ability to brainstorm and develop a clear strategy for solving the problem most efficiently while meeting timelines.
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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