Senior Scientist I - DMPK - BA

Lake County, Illinois
Nov 02, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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.

The Drug Metabolism and Disposition group in DMPK-BA has an open position for a Senior Scientist to perform drug metabolism studies supporting drug discovery and development. The selected candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting in vivo and in vitro investigations, interpret results, and strive to answer key scientific questions.  Duties will be focused on laboratory work and the applicant will collaborate across various disciplines within AbbVie to support drug metabolism. It would be advantageous for the candidate to have practical experience performing in vivo and in vitro biotransformation studies, mass spectrometry, structure identification, analytical method development, metabolite profiling, handling radioactive compounds, and possess strong written and oral communication skills.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Design, perform, interpret, and report appropriate data from in vivo and in vitro studies for identifying metabolite structures and associated pathways
  • Communicate data interpretation to DMPK colleagues, project teams and management
  • Routinely operate LC-MS/MS instrumentation, including maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Potential to represent DMPK on cross functional project teams, drive compounds in development and responsible to answer key questions.
  • Writing or contributing to study reports and regulatory submissions.
  • Keeps well-informed of literature; Evaluate new methods, technologies, study designs and equipment.



  • Motivated Ph.D. in life sciences, MS with 8+ years or BS 10+ years with relevant academic or industry research experience in small molecule development.
  • Demonstrated expertise in mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography and structure ID
  • General understanding of drug metabolism processes, including method development, metabolite profiling, metabolic processes
  • Trained with radio-active material is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently and work well within a team
  • Strong presentation and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality

Key Leadership Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the immediate 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 experiments to drive the science in the field of interest
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality


Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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