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Senior Scientist II, Computational Biology / Bioinformatician - Neuroscience Discovery

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
May 6, 2023

Job Details

At AbbVie the Genomics Research Center (GRC) is a center of excellence for genetics and genomics that supports both Discovery and Development. Within the GRC, the Department of Bioinformatics/Computational Biology is responsible for data analysis and provides analytical insights for both internal and external data. AbbVie’s Neuroscience Discovery advances research to identify novel therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Computational Biologist/Bioinformatician who will be embedded in the Neuroscience Discovery organization. The successful candidate will work closely with bioinformatics and wet-lab groups in North Chicago (IL), Cambridge (MA), Ludwigshafen (Germany) and contribute to target and biomarker identification, validation, and project advancement by OMICS data analysis.

This position is ideally based in Lake County (North Chicago (IL)) but remote work arrangements will be considered for experienced candidates.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and drive computational strategies for biomarker discovery and Precision medicine for early and late-stage projects with a focus on Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, migraine, and psychiatric diseases.
  • Analyze and integrate genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and other OMICS data from consortia, collaborations, preclinical models, and clinical studies to enhance the understanding of disease mechanisms, target/biomarker identification/validation and patient stratification. 
  • Evaluate, develop, and implement computational methods, pipelines and tools for data analysis and visualization. Interpret results and contribute to hypothesis generation.  
  • Collaborate with disease biology experts, statisticians and bioinformaticians within AbbVie. Objectives, strategies, results, and interpretation are discussed in interdisciplinary and international teams.


  • Doctoral degree or PhD in Bioinformatics, (Bio)statistics, (Bio)Mathematics or related disciplines with a strong focus on data analysis.

  • Preferred 8 years’ experience in hands-on analysis of OMICS data, optimally including genomics data analysis and at least two other OMICS technologies.

  • Preferred 4 years’ experience post PhD in disease research optimally in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Fluency in one or more relevant programming languages, such as R or Python.

  • Very good communication skills demonstrated in inter-disciplinary teams.

  • Experience in basic Neuroscience research and/or Neuroscience drug discovery is a plus.

  • Experience with data analysis of clinical studies is a plus.

  • Options for remote work will be considered.


Applicable only to applicants applying to a position in any location with pay disclosure requirements under state or local law: 

The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Company believes in good faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position. Individual compensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick), medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentive programs. 

This job is eligible to participate in our long-term incentive programs. 

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole and absolute discretion, consistent with applicable law. 



AbbVie is an equal opportunity employer including disability/vets. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because 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, status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran or active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran or a person’s relationship or association with a protected veteran, including spouses and other family members, or any other protected group status. We will take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, individuals with a disability, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans or active-duty wartime or campaign badge veterans. The Affirmative Action Plan is available for viewing in the Human Resources office during regular business hours.


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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