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Associate Scientist II/ Scientist I, Protein Biochemistry

Primary North Chicago, Illinois Req ID 2216447 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie

Seeking an experienced research scientist to join our Protein Sciences group at AbbVie's headquarters in the Chicago area. The successful candidate will work in a highly dynamic group to provide protein purification support for a variety of small molecule programs across different therapeutic areas in Discovery Research. The candidate should have protein purification experience and be proficient in all standard bioprocess and AKTA purifier.


  • Perform purification of recombinant proteins using chromatographic methods.
  • QC protein reagents for different applications. Characterize proteins via SDS-PAGE, western blot, and other biophysical methods.
  • Ensure that experiments are planned and coordinated cross-functionally, as well as executed effectively. Handle or communicate issues in a timely manner.
  • Provide scientific insight to overcome issues (ex: solubility, purity, heterogeneity, yield).
  • Continuously drive for improved process performance. 
  • Generate associated technical reports and documents.
  • Able to work independently as well as within a team environment.  Be accountable for technical performance and help drive results of the team.


  • BS or MS in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, or other relevant biological sciences.
  • BS with 3+ years or MS with 0+ years of related experience required. Job level will be commensurate with experience.
  • Proven experience in protein expression and purification. Familiarity with the AKTA purification system is preferred.
  • Prior experience in supporting protein structural biology and biophysical characterizations of proteins is beneficial, but not required.
  • Good problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Good record keeping and able to efficiently manage several projects simultaneously in a dynamic environment.

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Significant Work Activities: N/A

Travel: No

Job Type: Experienced

Schedule: Full-time

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