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Scientist, Biotherapeutics Production

North Chicago, IL
Start date
Apr 17, 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 Follow @abbvie onTwitter,Facebook,Instagram,YouTubeandLinkedIn.

Job Description

AbbVie Biotherapeutics and Genetic Medicine is an integrated, global discovery organization responsible for biotherapeutics drug research across disease areas including immunology, oncology, virology, neuroscience, and eye care. Our scope includes the discovery of innovative biologic medicines from the early exploratory stage and their support through clinical development. We are growing a world-class team of scientists and leaders who will drive the discovery and advancement of innovative biologic-based therapies. Careers in AbbVie Biotherapeutics and Genetic Medicine provide unique opportunities to work with cross-functional teams that drive exceptional science and deliver innovative medicines to patients. We are looking for diverse candidates with strong scientific and leadership experience to join the team and can offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities for these candidates.

The Biotherapeutics Production group at AbbVie is seeking an experienced cell line and protein expression scientist to join a fast paced, high throughput, large scale mammalian expression group. The Biotherapeutics mammalian expression group supports medium to large scale (2 to 100L) expression of antibodies and therapeutic biologics in support of AbbVies worldwide drug discovery efforts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Expression of antibodies, bi-specifics, and other novel biologics formats to support therapeutic area drug discovery projects.
  • Transient and stable expression vector design, generation of stable CHO cell lines.
  • Mammalian cell culturing, including cryopreservation.
  • Transient protein expression in HEK and CHO cells.
  • Protein expression from stable CHO pools, cell lines, and hybridomas.
  • Process development and optimization for batch and fed-batch Wave bioreactor and shake flask expressions of transient and stable CHO cell lines.
  • Purification and biophysical characterization of analytical scale expression samples, including analytical HPLC.
  • Work independently on the design, execution, and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Analyze, document, and report data concisely and rigorously.



  • Bachelors or Masters in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related field with typically 5-7+ (BS) or 2-5+ (MS) years of experience.
  • Hands-on experience with cell culture and transient protein expression in HEK and/or CHO cells.
  • Prior experience in transient and stable vector design, generation of stable CHO cell lines
  • Prior experience with maintenance and expression of stable CHO and hybridoma cell lines.
  • Prior experience in mammalian expression using Wave bioreactors highly desirable.
  • Experience in process development and process optimization.
  • Proficiency in overcoming problems (i.e. low expression, aggregation, glycosylation) with challenging therapeutic proteins.

Position will be hired based on level of experience.
Scientist I or Scientist II

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 ingood faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position. Individualcompensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we may ultimatelypay 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/visioninsurance 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 benefitsthat are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless and until paid andmay 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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