Senior Scientist I/II, Cell and Molecular Biologist

Lake County, Illinois
Nov 19, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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AbbVie Oncology Discovery is seeking a highly motivated and skilled biologist in cell and molecular biology or immunology with a proven track record of research accomplishments. This individual will be a key contributor to the conception and discovery of novel targets and development of technology platforms, to enable biologics-based anti-cancer drugs with the goal of generating future clinical programs. This position will provide an exciting and dynamic opportunity to positively contribute to research programs that have a high likelihood of entering clinical trials and furthering understanding in the field of cancer targeting and treatment.

The Senior Scientist I/II will operate in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment, interacting with diverse groups of experts within and outside of his/her scientific discipline.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Independently conceive and execute experimental strategies to identify/validate novel cancer targets

  • Function as a key collaborator and contributor in a matrixed team environment with the opportunity to lead key discovery research activities

  • Prosecute biologic-based therapeutic programs (e.g., antibodies/multi-specifics/antibody-drug conjugates) and execute experiments to probe biology and mechanism of action

  • Execute studies within agreed upon timelines to help achieve milestone decisions. Maintain thorough understanding of project goals and modify experimental plans accordingly

  • Critically analyze/interpret data, accurately document, and promptly communicate results

  • Prioritize and manage multiple research activities, utilizing a broad range of technical expertise and knowledge in cancer biology

  • Develop and deliver scientific reports in the form of oral presentation and writing

  • Critically evaluate emerging scientific literature and participate in scientific meetings. Stays current with and adopts new technologies



  • PhD or Masters in Cell/Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology or related field
  • Senior Scientist I requirements: PhD with typically 0-3 years or MS with typically 8-10 years of job-related experience
  • Senior Scientist II requirements: PhD with typically 4-6 years or MS with typically 10-12 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


  • PhD with prior experience in solid tumor biology (e.g., colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer) or immunology (e.g., innate immunity)
  • Previous experience in biologics or biologic-based drugs, either in an academic or industrial setting
  • Broad range of cell-biology experimental expertise
  • Strong skills in multi-color flow cytometry
  • Proficiency in application of bioinformatic databases and tools

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

*Level and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

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