Senior Scientist II, Formulation Sciences

Lake County, IL, United States
Oct 26, 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 Product Development is responsible for designing and developing formulations that enable delivery of AbbVie's candidate molecules in a dosage form which is intended for product commercialization. We have a challenging opportunity for a Senior Scientist based in North Chicago, IL., reporting to the Director of Formulation Sciences. AbbVie is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative scientist with a proven track record in the design and characterization of solid oral dosage forms.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Lead the formulation design for small molecule development candidates within the AbbVie pipeline.
  • Interface to drug product development teams to ensure that biopharmaceutical and physicochemical considerations are incorporated into formulation design.
  • Advance scientific expertise within function. Proactively demonstrate leadership by advising and sharing knowledge and expert opinions with subordinates, peers, and senior management.
  • Supervise one or more direct reports and engage proactively in their development. Evaluate staff performance and actively support staff development.
  • Ensure development of technologies and scientific innovation that improve the capability to formulation small molecules within the AbbVie pipeline
  • Collaborate with other functions within AbbVie to align a broad range of strategies that directly support drug discovery and development programs
  • Ensure compliance with AbbVie safety, quality and regulatory policies and government regulations


  • BS (typically 12+ years of experience) or MS (typically 10+ years of experience) or PhD (typically 4+ years of experience) in Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering.

  • Experience in the characterization and formulation of small molecules.
  • Experience in the characterization of amorphous solids, especially the dynamics of amorphous solids and crystallization behavior.
  • Experience with analytical approaches toward physicochemical characterization of pharmaceutical dosage forms (i.e. HPLC, DSC, TGA, PXRD, dissolution, etc.).
  • Fundamental understanding of physicochemical properties as related to formulation design.
  • Fundamental understanding of oral drug absorption and pharmacokinetics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team setting.

Key AbbVie Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functional partners to enable higher performance.
  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence" and can change the 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.

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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.