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Allergan Scientific Associate III, Biologics Development in Irvine, California

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 .

Job Description

Envision working with energetic colleagues and inspirational leaders. Now, place yourself in that mix; leading discussions, asking the right questions and driving results.

What Your New Manager Wants You To Know

The primary role of the Scientific Associate is to independently operate upstream equipment (Fermenters, microfluidizers, CIP skid etc.) and support fermentation process development at small scale for the Early Stage Process Development Group and for research support. This hands-on position is responsible for the daily operations, to support process development for upstream activities and to develop and implement new strategies and technologies to improve process monitoring and performance by applying scientific and/or engineering principles and practices. This position also requires hands on experience and knowledge of operation of fermenters, including glass and stainless-steel vessels, single use fermenter systems, CIP units, microfluidizers and clarification processes. Additional responsibilities include data analysis, troubleshooting process and equipment, participation in project teams, lab inventory and organization, maintaining detailed records of batches and experiments. This position also requires a desire and ability to work as an integral part of an upstream team and supporting drug discovery and downstream teams as well as demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, creativity, and initiative applied to the various duties and aspects of position. A contributor with a focus on improving efficiency in equipment operations and a process improvement of novel processes would be preferred.

The position requires the individual to work with and in areas requiring select agent access (i.e. biosafety level 2 and 3 laboratories). Therefore, the candidate must conduct all work activities in compliance with Allergan internal and applicable regulatory requirements. Allergan internal requirements include compliance with ethics, environmental health and safety, financial, human resources, and general business policies, requirements and objectives.

YOU ARE more than just a title, YOU ARE…

A strategic thinker : align and excite internal stakeholders to facilitate success through strong leadership, strategic thinking and personal drive.

Firstclass team player : collaborate across multiple disciplines to ensure compliance and ability to influence cross-functional teams and senior leadership.

You Will

  • Havehands on laboratory bench work to develop and prepare biologics productscandidates for various groups with tight timelines.

  • Independentlyoperate fermentation/upstream process equipment. Position requires proficientknowledge and hands on experience of operating stainless steel/glass/single-usefermenters and clarification equipment.

  • Conduct routine fermentation operations relating to fermenter prep:assembly/disassembly, P-test/SIP/CIP, in process sampling andmedia/buffer/reagent prep and able to troubleshoot operational and equipmentissues.

  • Must be willing to work with and handle potent neurotoxins andin-process samples that may contain toxin-expressing organisms. Ability to perform aseptic cell propagation andmanipulation under a biosafety laminar flow hood.

  • Followstudy protocols and execute experiments independently (or minimal supervision) atsmall scales and large scale.

  • Demonstrate technical competence in executing fermentation experimentsutilizing detailed knowledge of standard analytical techniques in fermentationprocess development and data analysis.

  • Identify, recommend and implement process and operational improvementsof upstream process while maintaining safe operations.

  • Authorand edit development batch records and associated standard operating procedures.Compile experimental batch records and documents/inventory for in-processsamples in the inventory system.

  • Haveadditional responsibilities are lab inventory and organization. Individual willevaluate lab equipment and procure the necessary supplies to ensure continualsuccessful lab operations.

  • Collaborateeffectively to achieve results as an individual as well as part of a teamenvironment.

  • Assistfermentation team in tech transfer for process developed at small scale toearly stage process development laboratory (internally or externally).

  • Completetraining consistent with safety, technical, operational, process, and otherskill/ knowledge requirements for the position. Maintain training currency.Support safety program and ensure safety in all routine and new operations bystrictly following SOPs.



You Bring

  • BSin Biological Science, Biochemistry, Protein Chemistry, Biochemical/ChemicalEngineering or a related Life Science field with 2+ years of relevantindustrial experience or MS with 0 to 2 years of related work experience. Anequivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.

  • Hands-onexperience in the operation of stainless-steel fermenter vessels operated via aSCADA is required.Experience withsingle use fermentation operations and equipment would be considered a plus.

  • Experiencewith cell lysis and early clarification methods using various membranemethodologies are required.

  • Demonstratedability to work independently as well as in team environment, multitask andensure flexibility in a dynamic environment. Skilledexperience in the application of scientific/engineering principles andtechniques relevant to development of fermentation processes.

In this role, we’re looking fora leader who will :

  • Actas an Owner

  • Be ExcellenceFocused

  • Actas an Influencer

We Will Give You ‘The Allergan Edge’

At Allergan, we define an 'edge' as something that sets us apart, gives us an advantage and strengthens us to be better – for our customers, patients, investors and each other. Our 'edge' is our colleagues, and we are committed to making Allergan the best place for them to work and achieve career goals.

How do we do this? We Engage, Develop, and Reward our colleagues.

Engage . From Day 1, you are a bold leader who wants to make an impact. We listen to your ideas and questions, so we can be even better at what we do.

Develop. Learn every day, build new skills every day. We prioritize development, so our leaders are always ready for the next challenge and opportunity.

Reward. Exceptional performance creates exceptional opportunities and rewards. Financial awards and incentives are just a part of this - we invest in our people; celebrate success through recognition programs; and promote healthy lifestyles and work-life balance.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.