Senior Scientist I, Organic Synthetic Chemistry

Lake County, Illinois
Apr 10, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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The Senior Scientist will conceive and execute organic synthetic chemistry research that achieves project and area goals, generating and acting on scientific proposals to investigate, develop, and optimize new synthetic strategies/methods/techniques. The candidate will act as a lead scientist in his/her area of expertise on one or more projects, critically evaluating relevant scientific advances and integrating this knowledge into research programs.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain a high level of productivity in the laboratory setting
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve key project hurdles and assumptions by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise
  • Proactively seek out new information in the literature and incorporate this into individual project(s) as well as the overall program
  • Effectively write and communicate research results internally
  • Publish research in high-impact factor peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences
  • Demonstrate a high degree of responsibility in maintaining scientific standards and safe laboratory practices for self and reporting staff, if any
  • Participate in establishing project goals, defining short and long-term scientific strategies, and contributing to the generation of project-related documents and presentations
  • Use external information to gain competitive intelligence and act as an advocate to integrate this knowledge into the group's research efforts
  • Generate new research or development strategies to effectively address project and divisional goals/needs
  • Collaborate with functional and technical experts to facilitate scientific achievement
  • Keep accurate and current records of research and/or project related activities according to AbbVie policies
  • Potentially supervise one or more direct reports and proactively engage in their development



Position will be hired based on level of experience. 

  • PhD, MS, or BS in Organic Chemistry or closely related field
  • 0-3+ years (PhD); 8-10+ years (MS); or 10-12+ years (BS) of job-related synthetic organic chemistry experience
  • Effective writer and communicator of research
  • Proactively seeks out new information in the literature and incorporates this into individual project(s) as well as the overall program
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve key project hurdles and assumptions by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise


  • Postdoctoral and/or pharmaceutical industry experience

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the team to enable higher performance
  • Learns fast, grasps the "essence" and can change course quickly where needed
  • 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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