Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

Lake County, IL, United States
Sep 19, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company with a mission to use expertise of dedicated people and unique approach to innovation and to develop advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. The Postdoctoral Program is designed for true investigational and experimental research. Participants will be mentored by renowned industry scientists and collaborators at AbbVie and focused on delivering cutting-edge advancements in discovery, development new treatment modalities. The enriching training program offers a balance of structured learning and work experience which fosters a learning environment to advance individual development with accessibility to high-level knowledge building across the drug development continuum.

To be successful, we need outstanding individuals willing to challenge themselves to find the best solutions for our patients. The AbbVie Postdoctoral Program is one way we are doing just that.

Entering into the sixth year of the AbbVie Postdoctoral Fellow Program, it has established and distinguished itself as model for scientific endeavor and for the development of emerging leaders. Currently, proposals for the next in a series of Postdoctoral openings are being assessed with a targeted announcement and posting date in the September/October timeframe. Past assignments have been distributed between Discovery and Development Sciences and have encompassed the following: (They are not indicative of the forthcoming assignments whose focus and prerequisite academic training and skills may vary greatly).

Development Science:

Longitudinal biodistribution studies of therapeutics administered via the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF): A Study of "drug-ability" requirements

Delivery of Targeted Protein Degrader Initiative

Establishing a Translational Framework for the Preclinical Development of Prodrugs

Systems Pharmacology & Systems Biology Approach & Statistical Genomics, Genetics, & Proteomics

ADC in vitro Safety Platform

Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics - Bioanalysis


Establishment and Characterization of High Throughput Patient Derived Organoids and Drug Response in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. (NSCLC)

Defining Intracellular Trafficking Pathways to Inform Rational Design of Targeted Biologics

Development of Novel Mass Spectrometry Ionization Methods for Bioassay Applications

Using human iPSC-based cellular models to evaluate selective vulnerability to Tau pathology in sporadic Alzheimer's disease

Proteomic & transcriptomic profiling of exosomes in patients with autoimmune diseases

Imaging Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Computational, Functional, Biologic Genomics

Through our Postdoctoral Program, we are hiring postdocs from key academic institutions for preferred areas of science in the U.S., while providing a unique opportunity for participants to build a solid career foundation in the pharmaceutical industry while building the AbbVie brand as an employer of choice for scientific talent. Participants in the Postdoctoral Program play an integral part in our continued success and will help us to further grow as a leader in our industry. The successful candidate will conduct novel and impactful research over a 2-3-year period. High-impact publications and presentations at scientific meetings are expected outcomes along with the opportunity to gain valuable experience working within a top-tier biopharmaceutical company. This assignment is expected to be for two years minimally and no more than three years.

We repeat that the actual openings will be made available through the AbbVie Career site in late September/October and suggest that you search under "Postdoc" or "Postdoctoral Fellow" at that time. You will be notified through this system when the actual positions are posted.


Basic Qualifications
  • Successful completion and defense of a PhD with a demonstrated interest in drug development research.
  • Minimum graduate school GPA 3.0; 3.5 preferred. Graduate of accredited and nationally ranked university.
  • Record of publication of at least two high-quality papers in a prestigious top-tier review journal(s)
  • Excellent problem-solving skills including critical and analytical thinking.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated scientific writing skills and strong verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently design and execute experiments, interpret data, and identify appropriate follow-up strategies.
  • Proven track record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation, initiative, and integrity. Global mindset to thrive in a diverse culture and environment.
  • Ability to multitask and work within timelines.
  • Work authorization in the United States

Key Leadership Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the immediate 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 to drive the science in the field of interest
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 5 % of the Time
Job Type
Recent Graduate
Job Level Code
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.