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Senior Specialist, Laboratory Automation



North Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Company Description

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 at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Job Description

The Laboratory Automation Sr. Specialist role is responsible for spearheading the implementation of technical solutions and interventions, primarily through automation, targeting routine and repetitive lab work resulting in increased productivity and/or throughput, and consistent execution of laboratory processes and procedures in partnership with scientists and technical experts in support of overall enhancement of lab operations. May act as lead process support, project leader, or project contributor.
Provide technical support to cross-functional teams at multiple site locations for existing automation routines through troubleshooting and problem solving.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Evaluates and integrates relevant automation advances or technologies for improving, increasing efficiency, or solving problems.
  • Understands the business implications of assigned projects and processes and identifies automation solutions compatible with business needs on a global scale.
  • Designs and executes automation experiments to test hypothesis related to project outcomes, applying scientific knowledge to projects. Assures experimental quality through sound, independent, experimental design.
  • Independently programs, tests, and validates new methods/optimizes existing scripts.
  • Drives implemented automation solutions through technical or programming troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Resolves complex issues associated with automation projects and automated workflows.
  • Responsible for timely project completion. Provides or maintains detailed documentation using suitable IT tools. Communicates updates and activity progress against desired timelines.
  • Presents results of projects, both internally and externally.
  • Mentors/trains less experienced automation specialists and provides technical direction and feedback/training to users. May supervise interns.
  • Develops productive collaborations and communications across functions.



  • BS or MS in technical field such as automation, computer science, computer programming, engineering with 4-6 years of experience in a laboratory environment; or equivalent related work experience is required.
  • MS with 1-3 years of experience in a laboratory environment is required.
  • Experience adapting and/or integrating off-the-shelf solutions to automate laboratory workflows.
  • Strong computer, coding, and mechanical skills as applicable to laboratory automation platforms, such as liquid handlers, laboratory robotic equipment, and integration multiple instruments/devices into a single workflow.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to quickly become proficient in instrument-native programming platforms.
  • Well-developed communication, collaboration, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize time and effort effectively to meet deadlines and achieve deliverables.

Additional Information

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

  • The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Company believes in good faith it will pay for this role at the time of this posting based on the job grade for this position. Individual compensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, and we may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.​
  • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick), medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.​
  • This job is eligible to participate in our short-term incentive programs.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole and absolute discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole and absolute discretion, consistent with applicable law.

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s 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.