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Sr Scientist I, Medicinal Chemistry
Company: Abbvie
Location: South San Francisco, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 08/14/2021
Expire Date: 02/02/2022
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Science, Research & Development, Medical, Web Technology, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Sr Scientist I, Medicinal Chemistry
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 www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Primary Job Function:  

  • Conceive and execute medicinal chemistry research and development that achieves project and area goals with minimal supervisory support. 
  • Expertise in synthetic organic chemistry is an essential requirement of this position to drive the SAR optimization cycle to achieve project goals. 
  • Expected to generate new scientific synthetic and medicinal chemistry proposals and lead those efforts in a team setting. 
  • Investigate, identify, develop, and optimize new methods/ techniques. 
  • Act as a lead scientist in his/her area of expertise on one or more projects. 
  • Critically evaluate relevant scientific advances and integrate this knowledge into research programs.

Core Job Responsibilities:  

  • Maintain a high level of productivity in the laboratory setting. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve key project hurdles and assumptions by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise. 
  • Proactively seek out new information in the literature and incorporate this into individual project(s) as well as the overall program. 
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present work at scientific conferences. 
  • Effective writer and communicator of research or other regulatory materials.

Position Accountability/Scope:  

  • Demonstrate a high degree of responsibility in maintaining scientific standards, and safe laboratory practices for self and reporting staff, if any. 
  • Participate in establishing project goals, defining short and long-term scientific strategies, and contribute to the generation of project-related documents and presentations. 
  • Keep accurate and current records of research and/or project related activities according to AbbVie policies.

Internal/External Contacts and Interactions: 

  • Use external information to gain competitive intelligence. 
  • Act as advocate to integrate this knowledge into the group's research efforts. 
  • Generate new research or development strategies to effectively address project and divisional goals/needs. 
  • Collaborate with functional and technical experts to facilitate scientific achievement. 
  • Publish project-related research in high-impact factor peer-reviewed journals, R&D reports, patent applications and/or regulatory documents/filings. 
  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.



Position will be hired based on level of experience. 

  • Bachelors, Masters, PhD in Organic or Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Typically 10  (BS), 8 (MS) or 0-4 (PhD) years of experience; Postdoctoral or pharmaceutical industry experience desirable.
  • Demonstrate the ability to resolve key scientific hurdles by effectively utilizing available information and technical expertise.
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to develop, implement and clearly communicate chemistry strategies and progress to team.
  • Build strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of teams to enable higher performance. 

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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.
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