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Senior Research Scientist, Biotherapeutic Production & Biochemistry

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
3 days ago

AbCellera is a young, energetic, and rapidly growing biotech company with an amazing team that searches, decodes, and analyzes natural immune systems to find antibodies that its partners can develop into drugs to prevent and treat disease.

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist, with demonstrated experience in antibody or other biotherapeutic purification and characterization to join our multi-disciplinary team. 

Our ideal candidate is a highly motivated and self-directed scientist, a team-player who thrives in a fast-paced work environment with multiple competing priorities, and above all, someone who can learn and grow with us. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of Canada’s most innovative biotech companies and to contribute to our cutting-edge research on antibody engineering, advanced mammalian cell systems, and molecular research supporting the discovery of novel monoclonal antibodies for therapeutic use.

How you might spend your days:

  • Providing mentorship and leadership in antibody purification, including designing, planning and executing experiments, either independently or in collaboration with teammates
  • Developing plate based automated workflows for high throughput purification of antibodies and related therapeutic molecules 
  • Developing medium (milligram to gram) scale workflows for antibody purification in various formats
  • Performing basic analytical and biophysical characterization of antibodies to assess product quality and other attributes
  • Training and mentoring members of a dynamic team
  • Solving problems at a high level
  • Liaising with partners and communicating project updates and deliverables
  • Developing and implementing standard operating procedures
  • Organizing, supporting, and collaborating with team members to meet project deliverables and timelines

We'd love to hear from you if:

  • You are a creative problem solver and fast learner who believes in team work to tackle the most challenging scientific problems
  • You are self-motivated and have the initiative and drive to meet goals under tight project timelines
  • You think critically, are curious and want to explore new technologies, opportunities and integrate automation to improve the antibody production workflow and process

Required qualifications and experience:

  • A PhD in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry, or other relevant fields) with 5+ years of industrial or postdoctoral experience
  • Demonstrated extensive experience with recombinant protein purification technologies 
  • Experienced with antibodies and alternative format purification required
  • Experience with high-throughput protein purification or automation is an asset
  • Great interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of cross-functional team
  • Knowledge of analytical technologies such as U-HPLC or light scattering is desired
  • Strong data analysis skills and the ability to interpret, communicate, and document large data sets
  • Excellent documentation and organizational skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail

What we offer:

A generous compensation package including an equity stake in AbCellera’s success. Our headquarters are nestled in the heart of Vancouver, Canada - we’ll support you and your family in every way we can to relocate if you haven't had the joy of living in this beautiful area!

Why AbCellera:

At AbCellera, we’re solving tough problems and creating innovative solutions from the ground up - custom immunizations, microfluidics, high-throughput imaging, genomics, computation, machine learning and laboratory automation - revolutionizing how our scientists can mine natural immune systems to discover new antibody therapies, and the scale at which they can do it. This is life-changing research and you could be a part of it.

You’ll join a diverse team of scientists, engineers, software developers, data scientists and business professionals - all working together to bring better therapies to patients. Last year, AbCellera was named to Fierce Biotech’s Fierce 15 list, and received three Fast Company awards, including the Most Innovative Team of the Year for 2020 and Best Workplace for Innovators. 

We’re a growing company with a high-throughput tech stack and the drive to be the best in the industry. This isn’t just about having the best technology, it’s also about having efficient and seamless operations based on teamwork and cutting-edge tools. We know we need a world-class team of visionaries and innovators across the entire organization. We look for people with drive and energy. Idealists. People we love and people we trust. This may be unconventional, but it is the key to our success. We’re looking for someone like you to support, nurture, and organize our efforts along the way. 

About AbCellera:

AbCellera is a technology company that searches, decodes, and analyzes natural immune systems to find antibodies that its partners can develop into drugs to prevent and treat disease. AbCellera partners with drug developers of all sizes, from large pharmaceutical to small biotechnology companies, empowering them to move quickly, reduce costs, and tackle the toughest problems in drug development.

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