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Senior Scientist II/Principal Research Engineer I, Process Engineering Sciences

North Chicago, Illinois
Start date
Aug 10, 2022
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Drug Product Development is responsible for developing manufacturing processes that enable delivery of AbbVie’s candidate molecules in a dosage form which is intended for product commercialization. We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Scientist II/Principal Research Engineer in the Process Engineering Sciences group based in North Chicago, IL. AbbVie is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative scientist with a proven track record that can optimize manufacturing processes and lead projects for small molecules.

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Lead the drug product manufacturing process optimization for small molecule development candidates within the AbbVie pipeline.
  • Collaborate with drug product development CMC teams to ensure formulation and manufacturing process are amenable with the intended commercial manufacturing sites.
  • Advance scientific expertise within function. Proactively demonstrate leadership by advising and sharing knowledge and expert opinions with subordinates, peers, and senior management.
  • Ensure development of technologies and scientific innovation that improve the capability to formulation small molecules within the AbbVie pipeline
  • Collaborate with other functions within AbbVie to align a broad range of strategies that directly support drug discovery and development programs
  • Ensure compliance with AbbVie safety, quality and regulatory policies and government regulations.

Position can be hired as a Senior Scientist II or Principal Research Engineer I based on the candidate's level of education and years of experience. 


  • BS or equivalent education and extensive, typically 14+ years of experience; MS or equivalent education with typically 12+ years of experience; PhD with typically 6+ years of experience in area or scientific area of discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a principle investigator, generating original technical ideas and research or development strategies.
  • Demonstrate creative 'out of the box' thinking to solve difficult technical problems and champion new technologies to achieve project goals.
  • Recognized and sought out as an expert in his/her discipline within the company and possibly externally.
  • Experienced and demonstrated success as primary author of publications, presentations, regulatory documents and/or primary inventor of patents.
  • Demonstrated scientific communication and presentation skills by presenting at leading scientific conferences.


  • Strong project leadership experience for dry solid oral drug product development.
  • Advanced understanding drug product manufacturing platforms including direct compression, wet & dry granulation, and hot melt extrusion.
  • Advanced understanding of powder material properties and their impact on drug product manufacturability and final product performance.
  • Ability to apply/interpret models during drug product development to optimize development.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot process/material issues.
  • Apply techniques to scale-up the development process to commercial equipment.
  • Displays technical awareness in various aspects of drug development, adherence to rigorous scientific method, and commitment to the scientific process.
  • Strong drive for learning new techniques and technologies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team setting.



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, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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United States
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