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Scientist I - In Vitro Pharmacology

Irvine, California
Start date
Feb 3, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Pharmacology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

Allergan Aesthetics Biological Research group in Irvine, CA is seeking a highly motivated candidate with a focus on cell biology and in vitro pharmacology who will contribute to multi-disciplinary research in a highly collaborative environment. The successful candidate will support projects aimed at pharmacological characterization of protein-based therapeutics. He/she will design and conduct a variety of in vitro and cell-based assays to evaluate the activity and functionality of therapeutic proteins. The candidate will be a technical expert who will independently investigate, identify, develop and optimize new methods/ techniques to address critical project needs. He/she will continuously seek to improve existing laboratory methods and processes. Read and adapt literature to accomplish assignments. Demonstrate mastery of broad range of experimental techniques and methods of data analysis.

Key Responsibilities: 

·       Independently design, execute and interpret critical experiments to answer scientific questions.

·       Understand the broad objectives of the project as well as their role in achieving those objectives, and modify experimental plan when required, to respond.

·       Perform data analysis, write scientific reports, and provide presentations to multidisciplinary teams.

·       Work with cross-functional team members to accomplish the goals and requirements of the organization.

·       Innovate and implement new experimental protocols.

·       Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in his/her field.

·       Set and meet experimental timelines.

·       Learn, understand, and master new experimental techniques, and act as a resource or mentor for others.

·       Routinely read and apply relevant scientific literature. Contribute to writing and conceptual framework of publications, presentations, and patents. Effectively organize and present scientific plans and data.

·       Understand and adhere to corporate standards regarding code of conduct, safety, appropriate handling of materials, controlled drug, and radioactive compounds, GxP compliance, and animal care where applicable

Job Qualifications (minimum requirements):

•       Strong experience with, and knowledge of in vitro pharmacological cell-based assays.

•       Working knowledge of neuroscience, in vitro biochemical and molecular assays.

•       Extremely organized with documentation of experimental plans, timelines, and technical reports.

•       Experience contributing to technical reports and regulatory documents is an advantage.

•       Understanding of standard statistical analysis of scientific data using data software tools.

•       Detailed oriented and precise in written and oral communication.

•       Effective problem-solving skills.

•       Ability to critically analyze data and lead teams to solve issues and make best strategic decisions.

•       Highly collaborative, team-oriented, and considerate of the needs of others.

•       Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with diverse groups within the organization.

•       Help create an inclusive environment where diverse ideas, viewpoints and backgrounds are valued.


Education & Experience:

•       Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education with typically 5 years of experience, or master’s degree or equivalent education with typically two years of experience in biology, biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology, or other related discipline.

•       Strong knowledge and technical expertise in mammalian cell culture, iPSC-derived cell models, primary cell culture, western blotting, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), MSD, Luminex and RT-PCR.

•       Strong skill in multiparameter flow cytometry and cell sorting is preferable.

•       Experience with co-culture and organoid culture techniques highly preferred.

•       Broad experience in developing, performing, and troubleshooting a wide variety of cell-based assays. Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and master new experimental techniques.

•       Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to work successfully in a cross-functional and highly collaborative team environment.

•       The position requires ability to work in biosafety cabinets for extended periods of time, observe/record deviations from expected outcomes, accurate record keeping, and adhere to lab safety standards/protocols.

•       Demonstrated scientific writing skills and strong verbal communication skills.

•       Computer skills: working knowledge of MS-Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), graphing software (e.g., GraphPad prism) and basic understanding of statistical analyses is required.


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. 
  • 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 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

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