Scientist II/Senior Scientist I, High Throughput Chemistry

North Chicago, IL, US
Jun 26, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
The Drug Discovery Science and Technology group has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Scientist to join the High Throughput Chemistry (HTC) team at AbbVie. This scientist will conceive and execute organic reaction transformations and chemistry technologies. The candidate will act as a lead scientist in his/her area of expertise on one or more projects, and critically evaluate relevant scientific advances and integrate this knowledge into research programs.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Devise novel synthetic techniques and synthesize libraries in a high throughout manner to advance Structure Activity Relationships on med chem projects
  • Utilize high throughput reaction screening and analysis technologies to identify optimal reaction condition
  • Maintain a high level of productivity in the laboratory setting
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve key chemistry issues 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 aligned with business objectives
  • Effective writer and communicator of research or other regulatory materials
  • Publish project-related research in high-impact factor peer-reviewed journals, R&D reports, patent applications and/or regulatory documents/filings
  • 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
  • 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

Level and compensation will be commensurate with experience.


  • PhD, MS, or BS in Organic Chemistry with 0+years (PhD); 5+ years (MS); or 7+ years (BS) of postdoctoral and/or pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Demonstrate scientific initiative and creativity in research or development activities
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve key project hurdles and assumptions by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise.
  • Demonstrated strong expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, with a proven record of synthetic problem-solving skills
  • Track record of working with chemistry technologies to enhance efficiencies


  • Hands-on experience in the area of biocatalysis, preferably in a drug discovery setting

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 to reality