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Senior Instrument Scientist II

Primary North Chicago, Illinois Req ID 2213834 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie

We are seeking a talented and curious engineer to join our SPecialized Research in Chaotic Systems (SPaRCS) team within our Drug Discovery Science and Technology (DDST) organization.  This individual will work with scientists and engineers across R&D to create innovative microfluidic components that facilitate the delivery of significant productivity improvements to AbbVie laboratories.  The successful candidate will utilize their thirst for knowledge and their experience to design and fabricate custom polymer, glass, or silicon components for a wide variety of life science laboratories.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively design, fabricate, and test custom microfluidic devices, especially for tissue engineering or organ-on-a-chip research.
  • Maintain, service, and operate complex equipment, including photolithography, vacuum deposition, and plasma etching systems, in a microfabrication cleanroom.
  • Interact with academic facilities to access fabrication processes or analytical capabilities unavailable on site.
  • Direct work with external vendors for installation and repair of purchased cleanroom equipment.
  • Contribute to electrical, software, and mechanical engineering designs and problem solving for custom laboratory instruments


  • MS or PhD in electrical or mechanical engineering and typically 10 (MS) or 4 (PhD) years of experience.
  • Hands-on experience in a cleanroom facility maintaining, servicing, and operating research equipment for microfabrication of polymer, glass, and silicon devices.


  • Experience working in fields of tissue engineering and cell culture.
  • Experience in multiple computer programming languages and the demonstrated ability to rapidly debug software written by others.

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and, cross functionally, with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.

AbbVie is an equal opportunity employer including disability/vets. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran or active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran or a person’s relationship or association with a protected veteran, including spouses and other family members, or any other protected group status. We will take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, individuals with a disability, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans or active-duty wartime or campaign badge veterans. The Affirmative Action Plan is available for viewing in the Human Resources office during regular business hours.

Significant Work Activities: N/A

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Job Type: Experienced

Schedule: Full-time

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