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Senior Scientist I/II, Analytical Characterization, Protein Analytics

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Research & Development
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1908004 Requisition #
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Our Protein Analytics Department located at the AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Worcester, MA is looking for an innovated and driven Senior Scientist I/II to join the Analytical Characterization Team! As a key member of our team, you will support various Abbvie projects and will serve as a lead for antibody, DVD-Ig, ADC and fusion protein therapeutics! Your main responsibility will be to develop a deep understanding of the structure and function relationship, characterization of low level variants, assessment of protein stability and primary structure liabilities, proteomics and analysis of post-translational modifications including glycosylation.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Independently develop and apply state of the art mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis, and HPLC methods to characterize biotherapeutic proteins and their associated variants and impurities
  • Identify post-translational modifications and characterize structure-activity relationships of products under development
  • Provide technical support and oversight for QC testing occurring at internal and external GMP testing laboratories
  • Plan and author characterization, comparability, and quality sections of regulatory submissions (INDs/CTDs)
  • Develop, qualify/validate, and transfer fit-for-purpose QC release and stability methods
  • Participate in analytical investigations and analytical trouble shooting efforts
  • Serve as an analytical lead for internal AbbVie programs
  • Represent the Protein Analytical Chemistry Group as a subject matter expert on cross functional teams
  • Conducting experiments independently, communicating results at team meetings, authoring reports and contributing to AbbVie filings
Position will be hired based on level of experience. 
  • Bachelors, Masters or PhD Degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biophysics (or related discipline) and 10-12+ (BS), 8-10+ (MS) or 0-4+ (PhD) years of experience in industry or academia
  • Strong background in biophysics and ability to develop enzyme assays; troubleshoot and plot data is preferred
  • Experience with protein mass spectrometry, LC-MS, UPLC, HPLC, capillary electrophoresis, glycoprotein and mAb characterization and bioinformatics
  • Experience with Circular Dichroism (CD), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Analytical Ultracentrifugation (AUC), and other biophysical methods is a plus
  • Experience with CMC analytical development of monoclonal antibodies or related biotherapeutic proteins is desired
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment and leading multiple concurrent projects with a high degree of independence
Key AbbVie Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of the team to enable higher performance.
  • 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.

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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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