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AbbVie Associate Scientist II, Cancer Biology in Lake County, Illinois

Associate Scientist II, Cancer Biology

USA, Illinois, Lake County

Research & Development

Requisition #1903396

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company that combines the focus and passion of a leading-edge biotech with the expertise and capabilities of a long-established pharmaceutical leader to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world’s most complex and serious diseases.

Primary Job Function:

AbbVie Oncology Discovery is seeking a talented cell/molecular biologist to join our Cancer Biology Discovery team. The successful candidate will participate in the design and execution of high quality lab-based studies supporting the discovery and development of new cancer therapeutics. As part of a multidisciplinary research team in a fast-paced discovery environment, applicants should have extensive laboratory research experience and a desire to continue in a laboratory-focused role with a high level of experimental vigor and quality. Because the individual will interact with diverse groups of experts within and outside of his/her scientific discipline, strong communication and teamwork skills are essential.

Level and compensation will be commensurate with experience.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in cancer cell biology, biochemistry or a related field with typically 3+ years of experience, or Master’s Degree with typically 0+ years of experience

  • Broad technical proficiency in standard biochemical, cellular and molecular biology techniques including cell culture, western blotting, PCR, metabolite extraction, etc.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Competency with software programs, including MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, GraphPad

  • The ideal candidate will be hard-working, self-motivated, detail-oriented, highly organized and learn and adapt quickly


  • Strong background in cancer biology and cell metabolism

  • Impactful research experience demonstrated by high-quality publications, patents and/or presentations at national/international conferences

  • Previous experience in drug discovery, either in academic or industrial setting

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners 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.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to work within a team environment.

Additional Information

  • AbbVie is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer: At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis 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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

  • Significant Work Activities and Conditions: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

  • Travel: No

  • Job Type: Experienced

  • Schedule: Full-time