Allergan Biological Research Scientist in Irvine, California

Biological Research Scientist

Irvine, California, United States at

Jul 30, 2018Post Date

181624Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals and biologic products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of best-in-class products that provide novel treatments for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology, anti-infective and cardiovascular therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives.

Our success is powered by our world-class team’s commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what it is right.

Join one of the world’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies!

At Allergan you will have the opportunity to thrive in a fast-paced, strategic environment where bold, innovative thinking isn’t just welcomed, it’s encouraged. Across all functions, we relish the opportunity to help our people fulfill their potential. Our rapid growth strategy means plenty of opportunities to step into the spotlight.

Position Description

The Tissue and Materials Science Scientist performs in vitro and in vivo safety and efficacy evaluations of cell/tissue interactions with novel hyaluronic acid-based biomaterials, hydrogels, and implantable products as a part of Allergan Device R&D. This involves performing in vitro and animal-based testing, including independently developing and implementing new assays tailored to evaluating medical device performance utilizing various cell and molecular biology methods. Techniques employed will include animal surgery, in vivo imaging, cell culture, microplate reader, microscopy, PCR, ELISA, histology, and flow cytometry evaluation of cells and tissues. Previous experience with biomaterials research is a plus. Creativity, attention to detail, strong communication skills, as well as the ability to successfully operate independently and as part of a team-based environment is crucial.

Main Areas of Responsibilities

  • Responsible for creating detailed Project Plans including scientific strategy and realistic deliverables with timelines. Actively involved in the planning, execution and management of experimental studies for the safety and efficacy characterization of novel and existing products.

  • Develop new in vitro and in vivo models to support the understanding of cell and tissue interactions with biomaterials, with an emphasis on skin and soft tissue

  • Actively works in a team environment. Frequent communication is essential and must interface with colleagues in Device Research, Product Development and Pharmaceutical Development.

  • Organizes, schedules and participates in project team meetings to define and schedule project activities and review completed tasks. Communicates project status to supervisor, project team leader, other research managers, and R&D committees as appropriate. Prepares time and cost estimates of project activities for review by manager to achieve realistic project completion dates.

  • Writes, reviews and issues technical reports, technical memoranda and other documents for internal and external distribution. Works closely with Allergan patent counsel in generating IP documentation.


  • Experience in a medical device, pharmaceutical, or related setting with a proven record of success in conducting R&D projects.

  • Experience and working knowledge of medical device, drug and/or biologics and combination product regulations (21 CFR 820, 21 CFR 210/211, 21 CFR Part 4, Biologics, etc.).

  • Experience conducting in vivo research and willingness to perform in vivo and in vitro research activities required.

  • Previous experience with hyaluronic acid-based biomaterials, hydrogels, and/or silicone-based materials research is a plus.

  • Experience in using and applying statistical and programs (e.g. Minitab).

  • Technical report writing proficiency in support of regulatory submissions is required, as is expertise in small animal model study performance and imaging. Creativity, strong verbal and written communication skills, strong scientific leadership skills, ability to work effectively in independent and team settings, and acute attention to detail are essential skills for this position.


  • Ph.D. and 2+ years of industry experience or Master’s degree and 4+ years of industry experience. Degree in a related scientific or engineering discipline (cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, bioengineering or similar).

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.