Biological Research Scientist - Tissue Materials

Irvine, CA, United States
Nov 10, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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Biological Research Scientist- Tissue Materials - Irvine, CA

What your manager wants you to know: " I'm looking for a team player to contribute to a dynamic, innovative and science-oriented organization. If you enjoy science, innovation and being in the lab and if you want to be part of a team that collaborates across multiple disciplines to bring the best products to support the Allergan Aesthetics' Medical Device franchises, I would be very interested in receiving your resume. Let's discuss what you can bring to the team and what you aspire to do in the future."

Allergan Aesthetics, Biological Research R&D, is seeking a Tissue and Materials Science Scientist who will perform in vitro and in vivo safety and efficacy evaluations of cell/tissue interactions with novel hyaluronic acid-based biomaterials and hydrogels as a part of Allergan Aesthetics Device R&D. This involves performing in vitro and animal-based testing, including independently developing and implementing new assays tailored to evaluating device performance utilizing various cell and molecular biology methods. Techniques employed will include animal surgery, in vivo imaging, cell culture, microplate reader, microscopy, PCR, ELISA, histology, and flow cytometry evaluation of cells and tissues. Additional day to day activities will include mentoring junior scientific team members, statistical analysis of results, staying current in the relevant therapeutic areas, and some lab support activities. Experience with managing outsourced research activities is a plus. Previous experience with biomaterials research is also a plus. Creativity, attention to detail, strong communication skills, as well as the ability to successfully operate independently and as part of a team-based environment is crucial.


Be a trusted and expert scientific partner.
  • Responsible for creating detailed Project Plans including scientific strategy and realistic deliverables with timelines. Actively involved in the planning, execution and management of experimental studies for the safety and efficacy characterization of novel and existing products.
  • Actively works in a team environment. Frequent communication is essential and must interface with colleagues in Device Research, Product Development and Pharmaceutical Development.
  • Organizes, schedules and participates in project team meetings to define and schedule project activities and review completed tasks. Communicates project status to supervisor, project team leader, other research managers, and R&D committees as appropriate. Prepares time and cost estimates of project activities for review by manager to achieve realistic project completion dates.
  • Writes, reviews and issues technical reports, technical memoranda and other documents for internal and external distribution. Works closely with Allergan Aesthetics patent counsel in generating IP documentation.


  • Ph.D. and 2+ years of industry experience or Master's degree and 4+ years of industry experience. Degree in a related scientific or engineering discipline (cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, bioengineering or similar).
  • Experience in a medical device, pharmaceutical, or related setting with a proven record of success in conducting R&D projects.
  • Experience and working knowledge of medical device, drug and/or biologics and combination product regulations (21 CFR 820, 21 CFR 210/211, 21 CFR Part 4, Biologics, etc.).
  • Experience conducting in vivo research and willingness to perform in vivo, and in vitro research activities required.
  • Previous experience with hyaluronic acid-based biomaterials and/or hydrogel research is a plus.
  • Experience managing outsourced research activities required.
  • Experience conducting/managing GLP toxicity and biocompatibility studies is a plus.
  • Experience in using and applying statistical and programs (e.g. Minitab).
  • In addition, the successful candidate will liaise with marketing, regulatory and medical affairs representatives to develop and execute scientific publication and presentation strategies for current products. Technical report writing proficiency in support of regulatory submissions is required, as is expertise in small animal model study performance and imaging. Creativity, strong verbal and written communication skills, strong scientific leadership skills, ability to work effectively in independent and team settings, and acute attention to detail are essential skills for this position. Incumbent may be required to train and supervise junior staff members.

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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.