Scientist II/ Senior Scientist I, Oncology

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 28, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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AbbVie Oncology Discovery is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Cell/Molecular Biologist with a proven track record of accomplishments. Experience in Biologics. Oncology and assay development is preferred. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Independently conceive and execute experimental strategies to identify/validate novel cancer targets
  • Prosecute biologic-based therapeutic programs (e.g., antibody-drug conjugates) and execute experiments to probe biology and mechanism of action
  • Lead/support drug discovery programs and develop translational plans
  • Operate in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment, interacting with diverse groups of experts within or outside of his/her scientific discipline
  • Prioritize and manage multiple research activities and possess a broad range of technical expertise and knowledge in cancer biology


Position will be hired based on level of experience and education.

  • Ph.D., MS, or BS in Cell/Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Oncology or related field with typically 0+ (Ph.D), 5-8+ (MS), or 7-10+ (BS) years of job-related experience
  • Broad experience and technical proficiency in standard biochemical, cellular and molecular biology techniques (i.e., mammalian cell culture, cell-based/biochemical assays, Western blotting, RT-qPCR, ELISA, flow cytometry)
  • Organizational skills and experience with computer programs for data interpretation (e.g., Microsoft Excel, FlowJO, GraphPad Prism)
  • Extensive laboratory research experience and a desire to continue in a laboratory-focused role with a high level of experimental rigor and quality
  • Impactful research experience demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or co-authorship on presentations at scientific conferences
  • Proven effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as an individual contributor in a team setting and as an active collaborative partner


  • Previous experience in drug discovery, either in an academic or industrial setting
  • Proficiency in application of bioinformatic databases and tools
  • Familiarity with methods of antibody characterization

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 the 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 to reality

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