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AbbVie Senior Scientist I/II, Analytical Chemistry in North Chicago, Illinois

Senior Scientist I/II, Analytical Chemistry

USA, Illinois, Lake County

1 additional location

USA, Illinois

Research & Development

Requisition #1807500

AbbVie is looking for a Senior Scientist, Analytical Chemistry to sit at our North Chicago, IL site.

The Process R&D (PRD) organization within AbbVie develops phase appropriate synthetic routes for small molecule and antibody drug conjugate (ADC) programs, supporting pre-clinical studies through commercial registrations. We prepare GMP APIs to develop AbbVie’s pipeline, and ultimately we provide commercial manufacturing processes for product launches.

AbbVie is seeking a highly motivated individual to conduct analytical research in the area of clinical-phase Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) process development. This individual will have strong collaborations within PRD, as well as with other R&D and Operations functions.

Primary Job Function:

  • Responsible for method development, testing procedures, and implementation of analytical process controls to help the advancement of drug discovery candidates.

  • Apply analytical separation and detection modes for complex impurity profiling of APIs and API precursors to further the understanding of emerging cGMP synthetic processes.

  • Responsible for leading the analytical aspects of a project while working with other functional areas to advance projects through the pipeline.

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

  • Support new product development with advanced methods development and validations, technical transfer packages, and generation of technical data in support of clinical API regulatory requirements.

Level and compensation will be commensurate with experience.


  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Analytical Chemistry with a minimum of 12+ (BS), 10+ (MS), or 3+ (Ph.D) years related industry experience

  • Strong technical background in analytical chemistry with problem-solving skills

  • 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


  • Advanced degree in Analytical Chemistry

  • Understanding of cGMP and regulatory requirements

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

  • One or more years of process development analytical 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.

  • Level and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

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