Scientist, Biochemistry

Lake County, IL, US
Sep 19, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Abbvie is seeking a highly motivated scientist to join the protein biochemistry group. This growing team's core responsibility is to expression, purify and characterize challenging proteins in support of crystallography, fragment discovery and high throughput biochemical screening. The applicant must have strong hands on laboratory skills in protein purification and characterization for a diverse set of protein classes. Understanding of analytical protein techniques is required such as SDS-PAGE analysis, Western blotting, chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Experience with characterization techniques such as thermal shift and ITC is preferred. Strong experimental design and troubleshooting skills are also required. Additional experience in molecular biology and/or cell culture would be considered beneficial. The applicant must have strong verbal and written communication skills as well as be able to effectively work as part of a dynamic and diverse team. Careful documentation of experimental practices and results will be required.

This position will support small molecule drug development within Abbvie's discovery organization. The applicant will be required to work independently at the bench as well as effectively communicate scientific findings to both internal and external teams. We look forward to welcoming a new team member to help us prosecute novel and challenging protein targets.


  • BS or MS in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology or related field
  • 5+(BS), 2+(MS) years to relevant experience
  • Excellent protein purification and characterization skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and work independently
  • Good written and oral communication skills


  • Good understanding of biophysical protein methods
  • Molecular biology or cell culture 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.

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