Biological Research Scientist - Tissue Materials Science

Irvine, CA, United States
Feb 14, 2021
Required Education
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 .

Envision working with energetic colleagues and inspirational leaders. Now, place yourself in that mix; leading discussions, asking the right questions and driving results. AbbVie is always striving to find top scientists to work at our Irvine, CA site

What your manager wants you to know:

" I'm looking for a proactive and independent scientist ready to contribute to a dynamic, innovative, and scientifically oriented organization. Ideally, you're not afraid to voice any concerns as the best science is done through active engagement. If you enjoy science, innovation, and solving complex problems and want to be part of a team that collaborates across multiple disciplines and functions to support the Allergan Aesthetics Medical Device franchises, I would be very interested in receiving your resume. We can discuss what you can bring to the team and what you aspire to do in the future."

Allergan Aesthetics, Device Biology R&D, is seeking a Scientist who will provide highly skilled scientific and experimental support to R&D project teams for Pre-Concept, Development, and/or Performance Teams supporting our Plastic Surgery/Breast Surgery franchise. The individual is responsible for performing in vitro and/or in vivo safety and efficacy evaluations of cell/tissue interactions with novel silicone-based medical devices, possibly in conjunction with other biomaterials- or cell/tissue-based products for plastic surgery/breast surgery applications. This involves performing in vitro and animal-based testing, including independently developing and implementing new assays tailored to evaluating device performance utilizing various cell & molecular biology and/or material characterization methods. Techniques employed may include animal surgery, live imaging, cell culture, microscopy, PCR, ELISA, histology, flow cytometry evaluation of cells and tissues, and material characterization. Additional day-to-day activities may include mentoring junior scientific team members, staying current with literature/scientific advances in the relevant therapeutic area(s), and some lab support activities. Experience with managing outsourced research activities is a plus. Previous experience with biomaterials and/or silicone-based materials is also a plus. Creativity, acute 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 hypothesis-driven strategy and realistic deliverables with timelines. Actively involved in the planning, execution, and management of experimental studies for characterization of the safety and efficacy of novel and existing products
  • Actively works in a team environment. Frequent communication is essential and must interface with colleagues in Device Biology Research and Product Development, as well as other departments such as Regulatory Affairs and Medical Affairs. May serve as a sub-team or core-team member, providing support as needed for Pre-Concept, Development, and/or Performance Teams
  • 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
  • Write, review, and issue technical reports, technical memoranda, and other documents for internal and external distribution. Work closely with AbbVie patent counsel in generating IP documentation. Prepare and deliver technical presentations to internal and external stakeholders, R&D leadership, and cross-functional teams. Publish technical articles that are consistent with the goals of the organization



  • 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 (molecular cell biology, immunology, bioengineering, materials/polymer science, or similar)
  • Prior experience in a medical device or pharmaceutical company or related setting with a proven record of success in conducting R&D projects
  • Proven track record of hypothesis-driven research and creative problem-solving, including previous experience with preclinical research and study management
  • Experience conducting in vivo research and willingness to perform in vivo and in vitro research activities required
  • Experience managing outsourced GLP and non-GLP preclinical research activities is a plus.
  • Previous experience with silicone-based biomaterials and/or microbiology research is a plus
  • Knowledge of design, fabrication, and characterization of biological and synthetic biomaterials (e.g., biochemical, biophysical, and structural properties) is a plus
  • Familiarity with the product development process for medical devices, biologics, and/or cell-/tissue-based products is a plus
  • 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. Ability to communicate complex technical information in a clear and easy-to-understand way (both verbally and in writing) is crucial. Creativity, strong scientific leadership skills, an ability to work effectively in both 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

In this role, we're looking for a leader who will :
  • Act as an Owner
  • Be Excellence Focused
  • Act as an Influencer

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 10 % of the Time
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Equal Employment Opportunity
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.