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Principal Research Scientist, Chemical Biology Team Lead

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Nov 22, 2023

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Biology, Biotechnology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

AbbVie is seeking a proven scientific leader to lead the Chemical Biology discipline. As a member of the Chemical Biology and Mass Spectrometry and Technologies team in the Technology Therapeutic Platform department, the candidate will be integral to developing a short and long term strategic and tactical plan on the applications of Chemical Biology spanning different aspects of Discovery and Development Sciences. This candidate will also be responsible for mentoring multi-disciplinary scientists, ensuring collaborative interactions with therapeutic platform teams, identifying external sources of Chemical Biology innovation and having a keen eye on emerging platforms.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead an experienced multi-disciplinary chemical biology team
  • Integrate team activities with discovery research and development sciences projects
  • Set an integrated chemical biology-based strategy for short- and long-term deliverables spanning areas of hit/target identification, engagement, and localization
  • Proactively identify, communicate, and implement synergies between team activities and emerging therapeutic platforms/modalities such as induced target proximity and RNA targeting

  • Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, or related discipline and 6-8+ years of experience; 3-5 years’ experience leading a small or mid-sized group preferably in an industrial setting
  • Expertise in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, pharmacology, and broad understanding of drug discovery
  • Experience in the application of genetic and/or computational methods to study pathways and identify targets
  • Demonstrated track record of publications highlighting innovative science
  • Proven experience developing and mentoring group members
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in target and drug binding site validation and/or identification
  • Experience in planning, project leadership, laboratory and budget management
  • Demonstrated ability to champion and advance creative concepts
  • Ability to manage complexity and ambiguity in a highly matrixed work environment
  • Ability to identify and lead collaborations in chemical biology field
  • Demonstrated track record of chemical biology applications in immunology
  • Position will be hired based on level of experience. 
    Principal Research Scientist I or Principal Research Scientist II

    AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. 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 protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.


    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

    Company info
    1 North Waukegan Road
    North Chicago

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