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Director, Biological Research/Senior Principal Research Scientist

Irvine, CA
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Jun 12, 2024

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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

At Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company, we develop, manufacture, and market a portfolio of leading aesthetics brands and products. Our aesthetics portfolio includes facial injectables, body contouring, plastics, skin care, and more. Our goal is to consistently provide our customers with innovation, education, exceptional service, and a commitment to excellence, all with a personal touch. For more information, visit Follow Allergan Aesthetics on LinkedIn.

The Neurotoxin Research Group at AbbVie seeks an accomplished scientist and leader. The Director/Senior Principal Research Scientist will lead a team performing in vitro and in vivo pharmacological research to screen and characterize existing and novel toxin therapeutics. She/He/They will be responsible for managing a diverse team of in vitro and in vivo scientists to design and perform cellular and in vivo pharmacology studies using existing and novel assays aimed at identifying candidate toxin variants and evaluating the effects of botulinum neurotoxins on peripheral motor and pain neurons. The candidate must have experience partnering with protein engineering SMEs to design novel proteins with desired pharmacological characteristics.

The ideal candidate will have a strong and established background in pharmacology, specializing in both in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, and a proven track record of successfully leading diverse project teams to produce novel therapeutics. The candidate will have experience with project conception, strategic planning, budgeting, and both leading as well as contributing to cross-functional and matrixed teams. Additionally, the candidate will have a working knowledge of various research areas including neuroscience, enzyme biokinetics, toxicology, biochemistry, and histology.

The candidate will be able to lead by influence and maintain a productive, collaborative, and inclusive laboratory environment in compliance with regulatory and company expectations. Experience managing projects from early-stage research through development is a required.

A key role for the position is partnering with senior management to conceive and provide strategic direction and vision for the program while leading a team responsible for executing the technical aspects of the plan. Strong communication skills are essential as the candidate must be able to tailor interactions with technical teams and represent the program and strategy to executive-level management.

Key responsibilities:

Drive functional performance by leading team members in designing and deploying the appropriate in vitro cellular and in vivo assays, including analyzing pharmacological results for both screening of novel toxins and full characterization of key molecules

Develop and execute a strategy in alignment with functional goals and key scientific objectives in early stage discovery and during transition to development stage

Partner with protein engineering SMEs to design and create novel proteins with desired pharmacological characteristics

Liaise with toxicology, immunology, bioanalytical, clinical development, and commercial colleagues

As programs advance, develop plans to address and reduce risks in collaboration with key stakeholders to help progress the program into development and ultimately into clinical studies

Manage project activities and professional development of a team of scientists through effective mentoring, guidance, and supervision

Advance scientific expertise within the function and collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams to advance programs from research to development

Develop forward looking strategies to identify and implement novel assays, measurements, and technologies that increase throughput, quality, and reproducibility of pharmacological results

Ensure the quality and effectiveness of key project results through sound design, early risk assessments, and implementation of fallback strategies

Provide expert advice and share knowledge with direct reports, peers, and senior management

Provide guidance to develop both the skills and the careers of direct reports

Train and mentor functional colleagues and assess current and emerging business challenges to achieve functional goals

Identify and integrate emerging scientific trends from internal and external sources into short-term functional objectives

Responsible for data management, data QC, and technical report writing

Author regulatory documents in compliance with Federal Regulations, including protocols, study reports, relevant sections of investigator brochures and INDs, white papers, and other similar documents

Present program updates and research strategies to functional and non-functional leaders as well as potential and existing partners

Maintain awareness of emerging literature and science in the neurotoxin field and author scientific disclosures as needed


Job Qualifications (minimum requirements):

Extensive experience with pharmacological assays, focusing on in vitro cellular and in vivo pharmacology in an industrial research environment, with at least 10+ years of experience managing teams and cross-functional projects

Understanding of protein engineering and ability to partner to partner with SMEs to design and create new proteins with desired pharmacological characteristics

Direct experience with peripheral neuronal animal models

Proven track record of driving early to late-stage discovery programs

Extensive knowledge and experience in both central and peripheral neuroscience

At a minimum, conversant in enzyme kinetics, toxicologic and histologic assays and methods

Extremely organized and experienced with documentation of experimental plans, budget, timelines, and technical reports

Experience in authoring and QCing technical reports and regulatory documents

Highly organized and self-directed, capable of leading multiple complex research programs in parallel.

Solid understanding of standard statistical analysis of scientific data using data software tools (e.g., Prism, SigmaPlot, and SPSS)

Detailed oriented and precise in written and oral communication

Effective problem-solving skills

Ability to critically analyze data and lead teams to solve issues and make the best strategic decisions

Highly collaborative, team-oriented, and considerate of the needs of others

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with diverse groups within the organization and external partners

Knowledge of pharmaceutical development processes, including lead characterization, CMC considerations, and GxP tox & safety

Experience evaluating internal and external research and development programs

Proven team leadership and management abilities, including experience mentoring, guiding, supervising, and developing scientific personnel with various backgrounds and training levels

Ability to create an inclusive environment where diverse ideas, viewpoints and backgrounds are valued; willingness and ability to lead inclusively and demonstrate a commitment to listen and consider all points of view

Education & Experience:

PhD in Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, or equivalent field with 10+ years of related work experience in biotech or pharma; Masters Degree Science or PharmD with 16 years of related work

Additional Information

Applicable only to applicants applying to a position in any location with pay disclosure requirements under state orlocal law:

  • The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Companybelieves ingood faith it will pay for this role at the timeof this posting based on the job grade for this position.Individualcompensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, andwemay ultimatelypay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in thefuture.

  • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick),medical/dental/visioninsurance and 401(k) to eligibleemployees.

  • This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentiveprograms.

  • This job is eligible to participate in our long-term incentiveprograms

Note: No amount of payis considered to bewages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, anddeterminable.The amount and availability of any bonus,commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form ofcompensation and benefitsthat are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole andabsolutediscretion unless and until paid andmay be modified at the Companys sole and absolute discretion, consistent withapplicable 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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