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Senior Scientist I - Biomaterials & Drug Discovery

Irvine, California
Start date
Feb 20, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Pharmacology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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The Sr Scientist I is responsible, under general direction, for developing innovative biomaterials and protein delivery technologies to enable next generation medical aesthetics products. Polymer innovation involves the science and engineering of the polymers (design, synthesis, modification, fabrication, and characterization of natural or synthetic polymers). Formulation-based protein delivery involves the development and characterization of formulation prototypes (e.g. solutions, gels or particles) to achieve target product profiles.

  • The ideal candidate has a solid background in polymer chemistry and the working knowledge of protein delivery technologies and is effective in delivering innovation and results in a fast-paced environment. Understanding of early pharmaceutical development and CMC practice for protein products and biochemical or biophysical characterization of the interactions between a protein molecule and excipients or biopolymers is a plus. 
  • Actively involved in designing and planning of experimental studies for the development of novel biomaterials.
  • Develops detailed study plans including scientific approaches and rationales, technical milestones, and deliverables with realistic timelines.
  • Executes experimental studies for the synthesis, formulation, fabrication, and characterization of novel biomaterials and formulation prototypes.
  • Executes studies to develop a formulation or drug delivery technology.
  • Designs and develops analytical tools to characterize the formulation as well as drug interaction with excipients.
  • Executes study plans to advance a drug product through Discovery and Development stages.  
  • Accumulates, interprets, and concludes on obtained experimental data, and makes appropriate technical recommendations for next steps to drive the project move forward
  • Collaborates with global cross functional R&D partners on joint experimental studies to achieve common project goals
  • Participates, and presents in project team meetings to propose project activities, review completed tasks, and technical progress as needed
  • Writes, reviews and issues technical reports, technical memoranda, and other documents for internal and external distribution.
  • Generates ROI’s and works closely with corporate patent counsel in generating IP documentation.
  • Remains as an internal technical consultant through the entire product development life cycle
  • Searches, reviews, and evaluates current literatures and relevant technology landscape to help maintain and extend internal technical competence.
  • Attends and participates in scientific meetings as company’s representative to gain knowledge about new products or technologies pertinent to corporate business interest.
  • Communicates and recommends new biomaterial, product, and technology related ideas to supervisor and other research managers to maintain and enhance company’s position in the marketplace.

·       Ph.D., M.S. or B.S.-level education in Biomaterials Science, Polymer Chemistry, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery Sciences, or related fields.

·       0+ (Ph.D.) 8+(M.S.), or 10+(B.S.) years of applicable experience including industrial experience is required.

·       Work experience involving the synthesis or modification of biomaterials for protein delivery systems such as particles or gel depots is preferred.

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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