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AbbVie Senior Scientist I, Cancer Biology in North Chicago, Illinois

Senior Scientist I, Cancer Biology

USA, Illinois, Lake County

1 additional location

USA, Illinois

Research & Development

Requisition #1902680

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.


  • BS, MS, or Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, Cell/Molecular Biology, or related field

  • 10+ years (BS), 8+ years (MS), or 0+ (PhD) years post-graduate experience in Cancer Biology, Cell/Molecular Biology, or related field

  • Demonstrated expertise in functional characterization of tumor oncogenes/suppressors, with a focus on cancer genetics and functional genomics preferred.

  • Record of scientific achievement (i.e. strong publication and/or patent record) and proficiency in standard biochemical, cellular and molecular techniques.

  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative, matrix-based team environment and strong written and oral communication skills are essential.

  • Previous experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery is preferred but not required.

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


  • Strong background in cancer biology

  • 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

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