Scientist I/II, Virology

Lake County, IL, United States
Dec 03, 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 .

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. 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.

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist with background in Virology, Immunology, and/or Molecular Biology to join the AbbVie Virology team in North Chicago, IL. We are looking for a Scientist with experience in cell culture, virus generation and propagation, as well as standard molecular biology and biochemical techniques. Above all, we are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative individual with a passion for research, who enjoys working in a fast-paced and highly dynamic working environment.

Key Responsibilities Includes:

  • Perform mammalian cell culture and independently develop, run, analyze and troubleshoot in vitro assays, such as cell-based activity assays, virus generation and propagation, and high throughput screening assays.
  • Use developed in vitro assays to validate and characterize novel therapeutic entities.
  • Demonstrate innovation and strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Work collaboratively with matrixed project teams and members of the group to drive innovation and deliver novel therapies for patients.
  • Timely documentation of experiments and activities in electronic archive systems.
  • Engage colleagues in cross-disciplinary scientific discussion, present scientific data to the team.


Position will be hired based on level of experience.
  • BS in Virology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, or related field with at 5-7+ years of relevant experience, or MS with 2-5+ years of experience.
  • Experience in virology research and work in a BSL2/3 facility is required.
  • Extensive expertise in mammalian cell culture/transfection is required.
  • Proficiency in a wide range of virology laboratory techniques (virus generation and propagation, anti-viral screening assays).
  • Proficiency in a wide range of molecular biology and immunology techniques (Molecular cloning, RNA isolation, cDNA synthesis, qPCR, proliferation/cytotoxicity assays).
  • Must possess the ability to design experiments and think independently.
  • Strong communication and organization skills, especially the ability to work across multiple scientific disciplines and functions.

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of 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 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.