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Senior Scientist I or II, Genetic Medicine

South San Francisco, California
Start date
Feb 25, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Genetics
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Sr. Scientist, Genetic Medicine

AbbVie’s growing Genetic Medicine group at Abbvie South San Francisco is seeking a highly motivated Senior Scientist I or II to apply cutting-edge technologies to deliver innovative new therapies.

The successful candidate will develop productive collaborations within Genetic Medicine Group and closely work with scientists with Oncology Discovery in a fast-paced environment.


As an integral member of the Genetic Medicine Group, this individual will independently design bioanalytical assays to develop on site capability at AbbVie South San Fransisco to produce and characterize lipid nanoparticle (LNP)-mRNA. The candidate will need to have a proven ability to manage collaborations as well as excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to clearly present scientific concepts and results for scientific and non-scientific leaders.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Produce and analyze LNP formulations to support internal programs in alignment with Genetic Medicine Group.
  • Work closely with mRNA production, formulation team and other cross functional teams on multiple programs.
  • Maintain high level of productivity in the lab with management skills of junior scientists on experimental design, troubleshooting, assay optimization and data interpretation as needed.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously under fixed timelines.
  • Ability to independently author technical reports, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations both internally and externally.

      ·       Sr. Scientist II - Phd in biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, or related field with at least 5 years of nanoparticle design and characterization experience.  Sr. Scientist I - Phd plus no industry experience

      ·       Strong knowledge and technical expertise in nanoparticle technology supported by publication record in peer reviewed journal and/or patents is essential.

      ·       Knowledge in the basic pharmacology principles of nucleic acid therapies in terms of their efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and toxicity.

      ·       Self-motivated, hard-working, detail-oriented, resourceful, and able to work in a fast-paced team environment.

      ·       Experience independently exploring, evaluating, and implementing new technologies, approaches, and/or instrumentation.

      ·       Must have strong communication skills, including verbal, written, and scientific data presentation.

      ·       Hands on experience with chemical conjugation to lipid and analytics is a plus.

      ·       Having a basic understanding of immunology and cancer biology will be a plus.


      Key Leadership Competencies:

      ·       Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners to enable higher performance.

      ·       Learns fast, grasps the "essence “and can change course quickly where indicated.

      ·       Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo.

      ·       Creates a learning environment, open to suggestions and experimentation for improvement.

      ·       Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality.

      ·       Strong interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to work within a team environment.

      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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