Senior Scientist I/II, Molecular Biology

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 06, 2020
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Full time
About AbbVie
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AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. Abbvie'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 30,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.

AbbVie Immunology is expanding its early discovery team in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The early discovery team in Cambridge is focused on identifying new targets for the treatment of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases through computational analysis of human disease tissue derived datasets, and through validating targets using in vitro and in vivo experimental approaches. We are seeking a highly skilled and dedicated individual to partner with Functional Genomics and within vivo pharmacologists to develop novel platforms for target screening and validation. This position requires passion, attention to detail, hands-on experience and teamwork.


  • Support target biology validation using genetic tools: gene overexpression via ORF; CRISPR-based technologies such as CRISPRx, CRISPRa, CRISPRi; RNAi; mutagenesis
  • Validate genetic edits using proper tools such as sequencing; produce cell lines with desired edits
  • Develop new immunological functional assays in vitro and in vivo using CRISPR-based platforms and automation
  • Implement and establish additional CRISPR tools and platforms as needed
  • Contribute to functional genetic screens as needed
  • Analyze data and present work in internal meetings



Position will be hired based on level of experience

  • PhD in Molecular biology or Immunology or other biological sciences with typically 0-4+ years post-doctoral experience; or Master's Degree or equivalent with typically 8-10+ years of experience; or Bachelor's Degree or equivalent with typically 10-12+ years of experience
  • Solid understanding and extensive experience working with genetic tools such as CRISPR (Cas9, Cas12a, CRISPRa) and RNAi-based technologies
  • Skillful in molecular methods such as genomic gDNA isolation and analysis, TIDE validation of genomic edits, nucleofection using Lonza 96 shuttle system, qPCR, lentivirus production, etc.
  • Hands-on experience in working with cell culture and developing in vitro functional assays; experience with Bravo automation and immunoassays preferred
  • Experience with functional genomic screen or AAV-based delivery is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as to collaborate with peers

Key AbbVie Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the team to enable high 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 and nurtures innovation to make possibilities real

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