Associate Scientist II, Process Development

Worcester, Massachusetts
Jun 08, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Title: Associate Scientist II, Purification, Bioprocess Development

Hiring Manager: Chen Wang

An Associate Scientist II position is available within Purification Development group in Bioprocess Development Department at AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester. The group is responsible for developing and supporting downstream manufacturing process for early and late phase clinical biologics programs. We strive for speedy delivery of high-quality processes that are cost-effective, manufacturing friendly, and robust. The group interacts closely with Discovery, Cell Culture Development, Pilot Lab, Protein Analytics, Drug Product Formulation Development, Manufacturing, Quality, and CMC teams. We are seeking an enthusiastic, creative scientist who will make tangible contributions under the supervision of a senior scientist to the continuous improvement and innovation within the organization in delivering innovative therapies to the patients.

Job Description:

The candidate will be involved with all aspects of protein purification and protein chemistry to support biopharmaceutical process development.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop recovery and purification process that utilizes clarification, chromatography, membrane filtration, and other separation techniques for recombinant proteins;
  • Develop downstream purification processes to be transferred to manufacturing;
  • Independently perform laboratory scale process development and characterization studies;
  • Perform basic data acquisition and analysis, document in electronic lab notebooks;
  • Perform various bioanalytical assays, including HPLC, ELISAs and SDS-PAGE, to aid in rapid process development;
  • Provide technical support for pilot and/or GMP manufacturing of clinical programs;
  • Write campaign summary, process development and viral clearance study reports;
  • The candidate must possess strong written, oral, and collaborative skills in order to effectively communicate experimental procedures and results.



  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in chemical or biochemical engineering or related disciplines
  • 3-5+ (BS), or 0-3+ (MS) years of work experience with knowledge of protein purification and basic analytical techniques
  • Sound scientific understanding of protein separation technologies and ability to learn and explore new approaches to further advance innovative purification technologies desirable
  • Basic knowledge in related functional areas, such as cell culture, protein chemistry and analytics or formulation, a plus
  • Candidate must be a goal-oriented team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills

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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Hiring Manager
Chen Wang

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