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AbbVie Senior Scientist I, Analytical R&D - ARD in North Chicago, Illinois

About AbbVie

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie at on Twitter, Facebook at or LinkedIn at .​

AbbVie Analytical Research & Development (Analytical R&D) is a global analytical sciences organization responsible for all CMC analytical activities related to the development of AbbVie's pharmaceutical products. Our scope includes AbbVie's diverse pipeline of innovative small molecule and therapeutic biologic medicines and spans from the selection of Discovery candidate molecules through the transition of analytical methods and testing to commercial labs to support product launch. We are building a world-class team of scientists and leaders who will drive the advancement of industry-leading analytical capabilities and make substantial contributions to advance AbbVie's pipeline of innovative medicines. Careers in AbbVie Analytical R&D provide unique opportunities to work with global and cross-functional teams to drive exceptional science and innovative product development strategies. We are looking for diverse candidates with strong scientific and leadership experience to join the AbbVie Analytical R&D team and can offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities for these candidates.

Key Responsibilities

  • Apply analytical separation and detection modes for compleximpurity profiling of pharmaceutical products to further the understanding ofemerging cGMP manufacturing processes.

  • Responsible for leading the analytical aspects of a projectwhile working with other functional areas to advance projects through the developmentpipeline.

  • Utilize understanding of a range of analytical techniquesto conduct research and development studies related to small-molecule drugproducts, active pharmaceutical ingredients, intermediates, starting materials,impurities and impurity profiling.

  • Support new product development with advanced methodsdevelopment and validations, technical transfer packages, and generation oftechnical data in support regulatory requirements.

  • Highly autonomous andproductive in performing laboratory research or method development, requiringonly minimal direction from or interaction with supervisor.

  • Formulate conclusionsand design follow-on experiments based on multidisciplinary data.

  • May initiate new areas of investigation that are scientificallymeaningful, reliable, and can be incorporated directly into a research ordevelopment program.

  • Process, interpret, and visualize data to facilitate project teamdecisions.

  • Communicate and collaborate with cross-functional groups anddepartments.

  • Routinely demonstrate scientific initiative and creativityin research or development activities and maintain a high level of productivityin the lab.

  • Responsible for method development, testing procedures, andimplementation of analytical control strategies to help the advancement of drugdiscovery candidates.



  • Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with a minimum of 10+ (BS), 8+ (MS), or 0-2 (Ph.D.) years related industry experience.

  • Strong technical background in analytical chemistry, excellent analytical problem-solving skills. Capable of independently developing and troubleshoot analytical methods.

  • Hands on experience with HPLC analysis and method development along with expertise and fundamental understanding of spectroscopic techniques.

  • Self-motivated, hard-working, detail-oriented individual able to work in a fast-paced team environment.

  • Experience in the use of computerized data handling systems.

  • High-quality written and oral communication skills and ability to interact effectively with interdisciplinary scientists and engineers.


  • Advanced degree in Analytical Chemistry

  • Understanding of cGMP and regulatory requirements

  • Practical knowledge of organic structure, functional groups, chemistry, and modern chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques as applied to small-molecule analytical analysis.

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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Equal Employment Opportunity

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.