Senior Scientist I/II, Fc Biology

Worcester, MA, United States
Sep 21, 2020
Required Education
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Full time
About AbbVie
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AbbVie Global Biologics and Virology Research is an integrated, global discovery organization responsible for anti-viral drug research across indications including HIV AIDS, Hepatitis C, and emerging viral syndromes such as SARS-CoV-2. Our scope includes the discovery of innovative small molecule and biologic medicines from the early exploratory stage and their support through clinical development. We are growing a world-class team of scientists and leaders who will drive the discovery and advancement of innovative anti-viral and biologic-based therapies. Careers in AbbVie Global Biologics and Virology provide unique opportunities to work with cross-functional teams that drive exceptional science and deliver innovative medicines to patients. We are looking for diverse candidates with strong scientific and leadership experience to join the team and can offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities for these candidates.

The Global Protein Sciences (GPS) Group is seeking a Senior Scientist with strong scientific and leadership experience to join its Fc Biology Group. As an integral member of the Fc Biology team this individual will work collaboratively to drive the discovery and engineering of innovative biologic-based therapies to advance AbbVie Biologics pipeline. The candidate will be a highly motivated scientist with an established track record in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. The successful candidate will be expected to work with other scientists in GPS, across functions and different therapeutic areas (Virology, Neurosciences, Immunology and Oncology) to discover and develop next generation biologics through interrogation and engineering of protein attributes. The candidate will need to have a proven ability to manage internal and external collaborations as well as excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to clearly present scientific concepts and results for scientific and non-scientific leaders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work within multi-disciplinary project teams and act as a lead resource to guide development and advance the pipeline
  • Resolve key project challenges by effectively utilizing all available tools, information and technical expertise
  • Develop, optimize, and execute existing and new cell-based assay to address Fc functions of biologics.
  • Demonstrate leadership by advising and sharing knowledge and expert opinions with peers and senior management
  • Demonstrate leadership in managing collaboration with external academic labs and CROs
  • Contribute to research that leads to peer-reviewed publications, reports and external presentations



Position will be hired based on level of experience.

  • PhD in Molecular/Cell Biology/Biochemistry or related field with typically 0-4+(PhD) years of post-graduate experience. Industry experience is a plus.
  • Significant experience in research as demonstrated by a track record of publications, meeting presentations, and independent scientific accomplishments
  • Robust knowledge of molecular, biochemical, imaging and cell biology techniques
  • Expertise in an Abbvie therapeutic area such as Virology (Neurosciences, Immunology or Oncology)
  • Self-motivated, hard-working, detail-oriented, resourceful and able to work in a fast-paced team environment with demonstrated problem solving and perseverance skills
  • High-quality written and oral communication skills and the ability to excel in a collaborative environment. Teaching experience a plus.

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners 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 innovation to reality.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to work within a team environment.

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