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Senior Scientist I, CHO Cell Biology

North Chicago, IL
Start date
Apr 16, 2024

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Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions 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, and eye care and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

AbbVies Genomics Research Center (GRC) is a center of excellence for genetics and genomics that supports the R&D pipeline from Discovery through Development. The GRC goal is to develop world class genetics and genomics research focused on finding the right therapeutic targets, helping AbbVie scientists better understand human disease biology, understanding the behavior and response to our drugs in clinical trials, and improving production of our biological drugs.

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated Senior Scientist I in Cell Biology of mammalian production cells (CHO). This position will apply various functional genomics, cell biology and systems biology approaches to increase our understanding of the complex cellular processes of CHO cells, in order to improve production and product quality of Biologics. Strong communication and teamwork skills are essential as the candidate is expected to operate in a high-paced and multi-disciplined environment across geographic locations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate extensively and cross-functionally with scientists at the GRC and S&T Biologics in a matrixed research environment
  • Provide scientific leadership in developing creative and innovative functional genomics, cell biology and systems biology approaches to gain scientific understanding in the complex cellular processes of CHO cells in order to improve production of biologics
  • Apply various cell biology and functional genomics techniques including genetic engineering, fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), high content imaging assays, and omics approaches in CHO cells under various culturing conditions and genetic perturbations
  • Communicate and present project designs and results clearly, both to individual stakeholders and in group settings
  • Write publications, and present results at internal and external scientific meetings and conferences.

Proactively seek out new information in the literature and incorporate this into individual project(s) as well as the overall program.

  • PhD in the field of cell biology, biotechnology and/or bioengineering
  • Strong background in cell biology is a must
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture (CHO), high-content imaging, FACS and genetic engineering (CRISPR/Cas editing, overexpression)
  • A background in CHO cell biology, production of Biologics and protein trafficking is a plus
  • Ability to learn new skills and apply them in a fast-paced environment is a must
  • Creativity, problem solving, and attention to detail are required
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential. Ability to work independently as well as in a team is a must.
  • Publication record demonstrating required expertise as first author in high-impact peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify business needs, and to independently build and maintain scientific collaborations with stakeholders.

Key AbbVie Competencies:

  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the team to enable higherperformance.
  • Learns fast, grasps the essence, and can change the 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.

Additional Information

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 Companys 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 AbbVies 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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1 North Waukegan Road
North Chicago

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