Senior Scientist, ADC Chemistry

Lake County, Illinois, USA
May 18, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Primary Job Function: Conceive and execute medicinal chemistry research with respect to the discovery and development of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). The candidate will be responsible for organic synthesis and SAR relating to small molecule and drug-linker components of the ADC. Expertise in synthetic organic chemistry is an essential requirement of this position to drive the SAR optimization cycle and to achieve project goals. Expected to generate new scientific synthetic and medicinal chemistry proposals and lead those efforts. Investigate, identify, develop, and optimize new methods/ techniques. Act as a lead scientist in his/her area of expertise on one or more projects. Critically evaluate relevant scientific advances and integrate this knowledge into research programs.
Core Job Responsibilities: Maintain a high level of productivity in the laboratory setting. Demonstrate the ability to resolve key project hurdles and assumptions by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise. Proactively seek out new information in the literature and incorporate this into individual project(s) as well as the overall program. Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present work at scientific conferences. Effective writer and communicator of research or other regulatory materials.
Position Accountability/Scope: Demonstrate a high degree of responsibility in maintaining scientific standards, and safe laboratory practices for self and reporting staff, if any. Participate in establishing project goals, defining short and long-term scientific strategies, and contribute to the generation of project-related documents and presentations. May supervise one or more direct reports and proactively engage in their development. Keep accurate and current records of research and/or project related activities according to AbbVie policies.
Internal/External Contacts and Interactions: Use external information to gain competitive intelligence. Act as advocate to integrate this knowledge into the group's research efforts. Generate new research or development strategies to effectively address project and divisional goals/needs. Collaborate with functional and technical experts to facilitate scientific achievement. Publish project-related research in high-impact factor peer-reviewed journals, R&D reports, patent applications and/or regulatory documents/filings. Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.
Level commensurate with experience.


  • BS, MS, or PhD in Organic Chemistry or related field. Postdoctoral or pharmaceutical industry experience desirable.
  • 10+ (BS), 8+(MS), 0+(Ph.D) years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve key scientific hurdles by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise.
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to develop, implement and clearly communicate chemistry strategies and progress to team.
  • Build strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of teams to enable higher performance.

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