Senior Scientist I, Medicinal Chemistry

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 28, 2021
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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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive medicinal chemistry for assigned projects and ensure the delivery of high quality tools, leads and candidate molecules within tight timelines.
  • Develop medicinal chemistry strategies and ensure efficient execution of research tactics to drive SAR and meet project goals.
  • Maintain the highest laboratory safety standards and productivity in a laboratory setting.
  • Effectively augment SAR by coordinating medicinal and synthetic organic chemistry outsourcing activities and collaborations.
  • Anticipate challenges and creatively apply knowledge of the latest concepts and technology platforms to tackle problems.
  • Establish strong, positive working relationships with key internal and external partners through clear, transparent communication of medicinal chemistry strategies and progress.
  • Build a strong network in the medicinal chemistry field by active participation in scientific meetings and by publishing high quality science.
  • May supervise one or more direct reports and will proactively engage in their development.


Position will be hired based on level of experience.

  • PhD in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry with typically 0+ (PhD) years of post doc or industry related experience.
  • A track record of significant scientific contributions with publications in peer-reviewed journals and protection of intellectual property through patents.
  • Outstanding communication skills; ability to develop, implement and clearly communicate chemistry strategies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Experience with all phases of drug discovery from hit identification to delivery of development candidates is desirable.

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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.