AbbVie Principal Research Scientist in Lake County, Illinois

Principal Research Scientist

USA, Illinois, Lake County

Research & Development

Requisition #1804316

The Analytical R&D department at AbbVie is seeking an experienced senior scientist, group leader preferably with expertise in the areas of process analytical, CMC, regulatory filings and pharmaceutical sciences.

The individual will be responsible to lead the analytical support of API development and commercialization while working with other functional areas to advance projects through the pipeline.


  • Experience in leading cross-functional teams focused ondrug substance control strategy and specification setting across allstages of API development. Sound understanding of overall CMC development.

  • Expertise in analytical methoddevelopment and validation, method transfer in a cGMP environment. Experiencein working with CRO and CMO is highly preferred.

  • Familiar with API control strategy, regulatory startingmaterial (RSM) justification and mutagenic impurity (MI) assessment.

  • Experience in filing IND/IMPD. Filing experience on NDAand/or MMA is not a must but considered as a plus.

  • Experience in mentoring junior scientists and strongrecord of successfully influencing key stakeholders and collaborators todrive decisions.

  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated recordof building lasting partnerships across organizational boundaries.

  • Recordof leading research focused on long-term competitiveness and experience inleveraging external innovation and resources to augment internal capabilities.


  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD with 14+ (BS), 12+ (MS), and 6+ (PhD) years of experience in pharmaceutical orrelated industry.

  • Preferred educational backgroundincludes but is not restricted to Analytical Chemistry, Organic chemistry,Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Chemical Engineering.

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers andcross-functionally with partners outside of team to enable higherperformance.

  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with thestatus quo.

  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence"and can change course quickly where indicated.

  • Creates a learning environment, open tosuggestions and experimentation for improvement.

  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurturesinnovation and manages innovation to reality.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Additional Information

  • Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

  • Job Type: Experienced

  • Schedule: Full-time