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Senior Scientist II, Drug Delivery Sciences

Irvine, California
Start date
Feb 17, 2024

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

As a Senior Scientist II in Drug Delivery Sciences, you will be a key member of a talented, multidisciplinary, and cross-functional team to build cutting-edge new capabilities for the sustained delivery of biologics and advance product candidates through early R&D.  The primary focus of this position is develop and characterize protein-based delivery systems.  The ideal candidate has a solid background and hands-on experience in protein formulation, characterization, and delivery technologies, has outstanding communication skills, and has the capacity to grow as part of a dynamic, high performing team.


  • Independently plans, designs, coordinates, and executes formulation and drug product analytical experiments in alignment with project goals.
  • Innovates novel drug delivery platforms to enable long-acting delivery of a diverse portfolio of biologics.
  • Collaborates with Discovery to select candidate molecules for evaluation in delivery systems
  • Designs and develops new formulations to support entry of new product candidates into development.
  • Develops and utilizes analytical tools to characterize protein formulation and protein-excipient interactions.
  • Provides technical leadership and demonstrates in-depth understanding of relevant scientific principles and literature to solve challenging problems.
  • Represents function within cross-functional teams and may lead cross-functional teams to achieve project goals.
  • Authors manuscripts for internal and external publication and presentations.
  • Contributes to AbbVie's patent estate.
  • Mentors junior staff and demonstrates sound technical and project leadership skills 


    Education and Experience  

    • A PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, pharmaceutical sciences, or a related field with at least 4 years of experience, or a MS with at least 10 years of relevant experience, or a BS with at least 12 years of relevant experience.

    Essential Skills and Abilities:

    • A thorough knowledge of protein formulation and characterization.
    • Hands on experience in pharmaceutical analysis/characterization (including HPLC, ELISA, DSC, FTIR, SEC-MALS, GPC, rheology).
    • Experience in developing protein delivery systems and evaluating technology landscape.
    • Excellent scientific approach and communication skills, both oral and written, are prerequisites.
    • Good interpersonal and team skills.
    • A strong sense of urgency and ability to operate in a highly dynamic and fast-paced environment.
    • A desire and capacity to learn, drive continuous improvement, and develop novel solutions to problems.

    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 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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