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AbbVie Associate Scientist II/Scientist I, Process Chemistry in North Chicago, Illinois

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AbbVie Process R&D is seeking a Chemist with strong synthetic skills. This individual will work under the mentorship of a supervisor to discover, develop, and execute routes to compounds that treat a variety of diseases. The candidate will be a member of an integrated Process Research & Development project team consisting of chemists (synthetic, structural, analytical) and engineers with the goal of identifying and developing novel and practical routes to newly discovered therapeutic targets. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and productive, with excellent communication skills and strong functional expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, compound synthesis, and characterization.


  • Independently design and conduct critical experiments that further project goals.

  • Implement and may innovate new experimental protocols/techniques.

  • Understand the goal and maintain a high proficiency in his/her projects as well as the overall program.

  • Interpret results and draw conclusions from own multistage experiments, note significant deviations, then suggest, design, and pursue relevant experiments.

  • Understand relevant scientific literature and apply theoretical framework to solving problems within scientific discipline in a timely manner.

  • Perform routine and complex tasks competently and independently and generate reliable and consistent results.

  • Impact projects mostly through lab and/or pilot plant based activities.

  • Responsible for compliance with all applicable Corporate and Divisional policies and procedures


  • BS in chemistry with 3-5 years or MS in chemistry with 0-2 two years of related experience is required.

  • Broad range of functional expertise in modern synthetic organic chemistry, compound purification and spectral analysis/interpretation.

  • Ability to search the chemical literature to find viable solutions to synthetic problems

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge to carry out the job functions.

*Job level will be commensurate with experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting synthetic method development, new reaction discovery, study of reaction mechanisms or total synthesis

  • Record of scientific accomplishment with author credit in peer-reviewed publications

  • Ability to independently lead his/her own chemistry research and effectively function in a goal-oriented team environment.

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

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