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Principal Research Scientist I/II, Drug Delivery (Team Lead)

Irvine, California
Start date
Feb 29, 2024

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As Principal Research Scientist I/II within AbbVie Drug Delivery Sciences, you will lead a small team while working cross-functionally as part of a talented, multidisciplinary R&D organization. Drug Delivery Sciences builds cutting-edge capabilities for the delivery of biologics and advancement of new products through early R&D.  The ideal candidate must have experience in the development of early-stage biologic drug product formulations, have outstanding oral and written communication skills, and have the desire and capacity to grow as part of a dynamic, high performing team.

This position will be based on-site at our Irvine, CA location.


  • Lead the design and early-stage development of next generation sustained release formulations for complex biologics
  • Lead a team of Ph.D.-level scientists.
  • Coordinate cross-functional activities with key stakeholders
  • Contribute to AbbVie's patent estate.
  • Responsible for compliance with all applicable Corporate and Divisional policies and procedures.


    Basic Qualifications

    • Ph.D. in Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences/Chemical Engineering/Materials Science
    • Candidates must have at least 8-10 years of experience in biologic formulation development.
    • Willingness to travel up to 10% of the time.

    Essential Skills and Abilities

    • A thorough knowledge of protein stability, degradation mechanisms and excipients will be required.
    • Experience in early-stage drug product development process for biologics will be required.
    • Experience in developing sustained release drug products is desirable but not essential.
    • Excellent scientific approach and strong problem-solving skills.
    • A solid track record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national-level conferences.
    • Good interpersonal and team skills.
    • An 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. 

    Key Leadership Competencies

    • Deals comfortably with risk and ambiguity, changing course when needed.
    • Lives AbbVie values. Acts consistently with our ethics, obligations, and the law.
    • Acts respectfully yet courageously.
    • Communicates openly and honestly with all colleagues.
    • Look outside AbbVie for new ideas to stimulate innovation.
    • Connects unrelated concepts, generates original or unique ideas.
    • Persistent and resilient - finds the way to move good ideas forward.

    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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