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AbbVie Associate Scientist I/II, Drug Metabolism in North Chicago, Illinois

About AbbVie

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 at , Facebook at , Instagram , YouTube at and LinkedIn at .

AbbVie is seeking a highly motivated Associate Scientist I/II to join our Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) team in North Chicago. In this exciting role, you will be expected contribute to the success of drug candidates through phases of drug discovery and development.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background quantitative laboratory methods and mammalian cell culture. The position will require ability to generate precise, reliable and reproducible data in a timely manner. Demonstrate strong data interpretation skills, ability to troubleshoot experiments and instrumentation, ability to learn and understand new experimental techniques and be able to place data in proper scientific context by consulting and citing relevant literature.

Applicants having significant experience in drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics or hepatocyte biology principles is desirable. The position will involve the conduct of routine and non-routine assays. Present data clearly and thoroughly in both one-on-one and group meetings with clear and precise graphs/charts/ tables. Provide written summary reports as appropriate. Learn and share knowledge with colleagues and participate in internal and potentially external poster presentation opportunities.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Conducting routine and non-routine in vitro ADME assays, generating high quality, reproducible, impactful data that enables decision making.

  • Writing and reviewing reports suitable for regulatory agency submission

  • Analyze and critique results, noting significant deviations.

  • Troubleshoot experiments and instrumentation.

  • Place data in proper scientific context by consulting and citing relevant literature.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with typically 3 or more years’ experience or Master’s Degree and no additional experience required.

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge to carry out job function.

  • Necessary skills include: Pipetting, cell culture, quantitative analysis. Experience in primary cell culture (e.g. hepatocytes), radioisotope work, electronic lab notebooks, would be advantageous.

  • Strong report-writing and communication skills.

  • Learning mindset with ability to problem-solve.

  • Team player who enjoys a research-driven environment.

Job level will be commensurate with experience

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At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis 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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.