Senior Scientist I / II / III

Lake County, IL, US
Aug 09, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.


Drug Product Development is responsible for designing and developing formulations that enable delivery of AbbVie's candidate molecules in a dosage form suitable for preclinical or clinical studies. We have a challenging opportunity for a Senior Scientist based in North Chicago, IL., reporting to the Director of Formulation Sciences.

AbbVie is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative scientist with a proven track record in the characterization of solid dosage forms.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Design and execute characterization studies that enable the design and understanding of NCE formulations in preclinical and clinical development.
  • Interface to drug product development teams to ensure that biopharmaceutical and physicochemical considerations are incorporated into formulation design.
  • Advance the development of in vitro tools and modeling approaches to understand the key rate processes that govern small molecule dissolution and oral absorption

B asic:

  • B S (typically 14+ years of experience )or MS (typically 12+ years of experience;) or PhD (typically 6+ years of experience) in Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering.


  • Experience in the characterization and formulation of small molecules.
  • Experience in the characterization of amorphous solids, especially the dynamics of amorphous solids and crystallization behavior.
  • Experience with analytical approaches toward physicochemical characterization of pharmaceutical dosage forms (i.e. HPLC, DSC, TGA, PXRD, dissolution, etc.).
  • Fundamental understanding of physicochemical properties as related to formulation design.
  • Fundamental understanding of oral drug absorption and pharmacokinetics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team setting.

Key AbbVie Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the 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 innovation to reality.

Posting Grade: 17 / 18/ 19

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