Principle Research Scientist I/II, Virology

Lake County, Illinois
Nov 05, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative scientist with a background in Virology, Immunology, and/or Molecular Biology to join the AbbVie Virology team in North Chicago, IL. We are looking for a Principal Research Scientist with experience in cell culture, virus generation and propagation, high-throughput assays, as well as standard molecular biology and biochemical techniques. He/she will contribute to research strategies and function as the lead virologist on one or more multidisciplinary project teams. Above all, we are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative individual with a passion for research, who enjoys working in a fast-paced and highly dynamic working environment.

Key Responsibilities Includes:

  • Work collaboratively with matrixed project teams and members of the group to drive innovation and deliver novel therapies for patients.

  • Participate in establishing project goals, defining short and long-term scientific strategies, and contribute to the generation of project-related documents and presentations.

  • Lead colleagues in cross-disciplinary scientific discussion and present scientific data to the team and cross-functional areas. Maintain a high level of productivity in the laboratory setting.

  • May supervise one or more direct reports and proactively engage in their development. 

  • Develop novel in vitro assays to validate and characterize therapeutic entities.

  • Perform mammalian cell culture and independently develop, run, analyze and troubleshoot in vitro assays, such as cell-based activity assays, virus generation and propagation, and high throughput screening assays.

  • Demonstrate innovation and strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • 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. 

  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present work at scientific conferences. 


Position will be hired based on level of experience.

  • Principal I requires BS with 14 years, MS with 12 years, or PhD with 6 years of relevant experience. Principal II requires BS with 16 years, MS with 14 years, or PhD with 8 years of relevant experience
  • PhD in Virology, Molecular Biology, or related field preferred.
  • Experience leading virology research and working in a BSL2/3 facility is required.
  • Experience with Coronaviruses or HIV is highly preferred.
  • Extensive expertise in mammalian cell culture is required.
  • Proficiency in a wide range of virology laboratory techniques (virus generation and propagation, anti-viral screening assays). 
  • Proficiency in a wide range of molecular biology and immunology techniques (Molecular cloning, RNA isolation, cDNA synthesis, qPCR, proliferation/cytotoxicity assays).
  • Must possess the ability to design experiments and think independently.
  • Strong communication and organization skills, especially the ability to work across multiple scientific disciplines and functions.

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.
  • Generate new research or development strategies to effectively address project and divisional goals/needs. 

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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.