Associate Scientist, Biochemistry

North Chicago, IL, US
Aug 09, 2018
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
We are seeking a highly talented and motivated Associate Scientist II to join our High Throughput Screening (HTS) group. The HTS group focuses on assay development, optimization, and execution of in vitro biochemical and cell based screens in collaboration with multiple therapeutic areas. The successful candidate will be responsible for executing robust in vitro screens (biochemical and cell-based) and delivering high quality data utilizing common HTS tools as well as novel approaches. In this role, the Scientist will work closely with HTS and project team members to implement in vitro screening strategies as part of the overall project plan. In addition, the preferred candidate's skills should complement the group's emphasis on complex disease relevant cellular and phenotypic assay formats. The Scientist will partner closely with project team leads to develop relevant cellular models and assay readouts. The candidate should play an active role in communicating and collaborating with scientists across Abbvie to advance projects through day to day interactions, presentation of data, and interpretation of results. The Scientist must be capable of working independently while contributing and participating in a team environment and must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Position will be hired based on level of experience:

  • Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Enzymology or related field
  • Strong scientific foundation in the understanding and implementation of a wide range of biochemical and cell-based assays and readouts
  • Able to think critically and creatively across multiple disciplines and have demonstrated the ability to solve research problems with experience in standard in vitro assays (e.g. HTRF, FP, ELISA, FLIPR etc.), including assay development, optimization, and troubleshooting
  • Adaptability and the ability to rapidly learn new techniques
  • Able to analyze and report data concisely and rigorously
  • Ability to multi-task and successfully interact with a diverse team of scientists to deliver results meeting the needs of various stakeholder groups

Preferred Experience:
  • Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Enzymology or related field
  • 3+ (BS) or 0+ (MS) years of experience
  • Computational skills enabling automated data acquisition and analysis, and familiarity with related software applications (MS Access, Spotfire)
  • Experience in cell culture and cell based assay development
  • Familiarity in the use of automation and HTS instrumentation

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 the 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 to reality

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