AbbVie Senior Scientist, Cancer Biology in Lake County, Illinois

Senior Scientist, Cancer Biology

USA, Illinois, Lake County

1 additional location

USA, Illinois

Research & Development

Requisition #1807422

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 highly motivated and skilled cell/molecular biologist with a proven track record of accomplishment to help advancing drug discovery programs. The candidate is expected to independently conceive and execute experimental strategies to identify/validate novel cancer targets, lead/support drug discovery programs, and to develop translational plans. 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. Strong communication and teamwork skills are essential as the candidate is expected to operate in a fast-pace multi-discipline environment, interacting with diverse groups of experts within or outside of his/her scientific discipline. The ideal candidate must be able to prioritize and manage multiple research activities and possess a broad range of technical expertise and knowledge in cancer biology.

level commensurate with experience


  • BS, MS, or PhD or equivalent in cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics/genomics, pharmacology, oncology or related field with 10+ (BS), 8+ (MS), 0+ (PhD)

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

  • Broad technical proficiency in standard biochemical, cellular and molecular biology techniques is a must

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Previous experience in drug discovery, either in academic or industrial setting, is preferred but not required


  • 2+ years of Post-Doctoral experience

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of 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

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled