Associate Scientist I/II, High Throughput Screening & Molecular Characterization

Lake County, IL, United States
Oct 05, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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 .

Drug Discovery addresses key unmet medical needs through the identification and validation of therapeutic targets, generation of leads, and optimization of those leads into drug candidates for clinical evaluation. We are seeking a highly talented and motivated scientist to join our High throughput screening and molecular characterization group in the Drug Discovery Science and Technology (DDST) area. This group focuses on assay development, optimization, and execution of in vitro biochemical and cell based high throughput screens and providing assay support for SAR and mechanistic studies for multiple therapeutic areas. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing robust in vitro screens and delivering high quality data. In this role, he/she will work closely with project team members to implement in vitro screening strategies as part of the overall project plan. The candidate should play an active role in communicating and collaborating with scientists across Abbvie to advance projects through day-to-day interactions, presentation of data, and interpretation of results. The scientist must be capable of working independently while contributing and participating in a team environment and must have excellent oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate will collaborate in a cross-functional team, across several groups in the R&D organization

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop in vitro assays, screening strategies, mechanistic studies, deliver high quality data from validated screens to drive lead series identification and lead optimization
  • Develop proficiency with multiple assay formats including anti-viral screening assays, optimizing assay efficiency and reliability while minimizing cost
  • Maintain cutting-edge awareness of technical developments and scientific knowledge and proactively applying these when appropriate
  • Effectively communicate results in presentations and written reports and actively participate in cross-functional teams



Position will be hired based on level of experience.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or related field
  • Experience in a drug discovery laboratory setting working as part of a multi-disciplinary team is preferred
  • Strong scientific foundation in the understanding and implementation of a wide range of biochemical and cell-based assays and readouts.
  • Able to think critically and creatively across multiple disciplines. Demonstrated ability to solve research problems with experience in standard in vitro assays including assay development, optimization, and troubleshooting
  • Able to analyze and critically interpret and report data and research conclusions
  • Ability to multi-task and successfully interact with a diverse team of scientists to deliver results meeting the needs of various stakeholder groups
Preferred Experience:
  • Experience in virology research and work in a BSL2/3 facility is a plus
  • Familiarity with assay technologies, automation, and high throughput screening approaches highly desired.
  • Computational skills enabling automated data acquisition and analysis, and familiarity with related software applications, example Spotfire.
  • Familiarity in the use of automation and HTS instrumentation

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