*Biological Research Associate II

Irvine, CA, United States
Sep 12, 2020
Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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Job Description

Envision working with energetic colleagues and inspirational leaders. Now, place yourself in that mix; leading discussions, asking the right questions and driving results. AbbVie is always striving to find top scientists to work at our Irvine, CA site

Scientific Associate II - Biological Research- Irvine, CA

What your manager wants you to know: "I'm looking for a motivated scientist to contribute to a dynamic and highly matrixed Discovery organization. Our group combines advanced science, expertise and passion to make a remarkable impact on people's lives. If you are interested in applying your in vivo skills to the discovery of novel protein-based therapeutics, I would be very interested in receiving your resume. I look forward to discussing your skill-set and what you aspire to do in the future."

Allergan Aesthetics R&D, Biological Research, is seeking a highly curious, motivated, organized and innovative candidate for the role of Scientific Associate, Biological Research. The ideal candidate for this position will drive execution of projects aimed at the pharmacological characterization of novel biopharmaceutical agents. Under supervision by senior personnel, the candidate will be required to work on a variety of in vivo animal pharmacology models to help characterize biological compounds.

This individual will organize, analyze and interpret results, come forward with recommendations or understanding of the results, communicate and present in team meetings and reports, and have exceptional troubleshooting skills. Experience in handling and injecting rodents is required.

Experience with histological, as well as other laboratory techniques is a plus. The successful candidate may collaborate with other Research Scientists and Associates, while taking personal responsibility for success of assigned tasks and projects.

The position is an entry-level position in the scientific track at Allergan Aesthetic, an Abbvie company, working on moderately complex assigned research projects. Experimental design will be guided in consultation with management, but the candidate is expected to conduct experiments with substantial independence. The candidate is expected to participate in discussions and decisions regarding the design of experiments and, with assistance, can develop modified or new techniques for conducting experiments.


Be a trusted and expert scientific partner.
  • Independently conduct experiments of moderate complexity, designing the work plan so that reliable results are achieved in a timely manner.
  • Plan experimental approaches with supervisory guidance. Discuss, recommend, and modify experimental techniques as needed.
  • Document and interpret results in order to reach conclusions, discuss with supervisor and decide on subsequent experiments.
  • Management of laboratory supplies and equipment needed for research (ordering supplies, equipment maintenance, record keeping, and inventory).
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge and skill base by reviewing the literature, attending seminars and meetings.
  • Prepare technical reports, presentations, and appropriate documentation of work performed. Assist supervisor in maintaining project documentation.
  • Attend and participate in lab, team and departmental meetings. Present data as required.


  • Bachelors-level education in biological science field plus 1-3 years' experience in either academic or industry laboratory setting.
  • Experience with performing a variety of rodent in vivo behavioral and/or pharmacological assays.
  • Experience with small animal handling, dosing of molecules through a variety of different routes and post-mortem tissue harvest is required.
  • Experience with histological techniques, including immunohistochemistry and microscopy techniques, as well as other laboratory techniques is a plus.
  • Computer skills: working knowledge of MS-Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) is required.
  • Knowledge of programming languages, graphing software (e.g. GraphPad prism or Sigma Plot) and basic understanding of statistical analysis is a plus.

  • Excellence Focused
  • Open and Authentic
  • Ownership Thinker


Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.