Scientist II/ Senior Scientist I, Virology

North Chicago, IL, US
Feb 25, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
We are seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist with background in Virology, Immunology, and/or molecular biology to join the AbbVie Infectious Disease team in North Chicago, IL. We are looking for a Scientist / Sr. Scientist with experience in cell culture, tissue processing, flow cytometry (FACS), as well as standard molecular biology and biochemical techniques. Above all, we are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative individual with a passion for research, who enjoys working in a fast-paced and highly dynamic working environment.

Key Responsibilities Includes:

  • Perform mammalian cell culture and independently develop, run, analyze and troubleshoot in vitro assays, such as FACs & cell-based activity assays.
  • Use developed in vitro assays to validate and characterize novel therapeutic entities.
  • Demonstrate innovation and strong problem solving, analytical skills and be a team player.
  • Work collaboratively with matrixed project teams and members of the group to drive innovation and deliver novel therapies for patients.
  • Develop productive collaborations and communication with other groups across therapeutic areas.
  • Timely documentation of experiments and activities in electronic archive systems.
  • Engage colleagues in cross-disciplinary scientific discussion, present scientific data to the team.


  • BS in Virology, Immunology, molecular biology, or related field with at 7+ years of relevant experience or MS with 5+ years of experience or a Ph.D with 0+ years of experience.
  • Extensive expertise in mammalian cell culture/transfection is required.
  • Proficiency in a wide range of immunological laboratory techniques, in particular flow cytometric analysis (FACS).
  • Proficiency in a wide range of molecular biology and immunology techniques (Molecular cloning, RNA isolation, c-DNA synthesis, qPCR, proliferation/cytotoxicity assays).
  • Experienced in infectious disease research and BSL training or experience is a plus.
  • Experienced in cell isolation and culture of primary immune cells (dendritic cells, macrophages and T cells) is a plus.
  • Must possess the ability to design experiments and think independently.
  • Strong communication and organization skills, especially the ability to work across multiple scientific disciplines and functions.

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 an manages innovation to reality.

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