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Research Scientist – Antibody Expression

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
4 days ago

AbCellera is a young, energetic, and rapidly growing tech 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 hands-on laboratory experience relevant to antibody expression to join our multidisciplinary 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:

  • Designing, planning and executing experiments, either independently or in collaboration with teammates
  • Developing high-throughput and automated workflows for expression of antibodies for various projects
  • Contributing to optimizing efficiency and speed in antibody production systems
  • Developing cost-effective procedures using various systems such as shake flasks and bioreactors for milligram to gram scale production of monoclonal antibodies
  • Solving problems at a high level
  • Liaising with partners and communicating project updates and deliverables
  • Developing and implementing standard operating procedures while recognizing opportunities for improvements and innovation 
  • Analyzing and presenting data to colleagues 
  • Training and mentoring members of a dynamic team
  • 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 teamwork 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 (Cell Biology, Bioprocess Engineering, Biotechnology, or other relevant fields), or MSc with 5+ years in an academic or industry wet lab environment
  • Demonstrated experience in recombinant protein expression using transient and/or stable mammalian cell culture systems or other eukaryotic systems
  • Strong expertise and knowledge of the scientific and technological principles behind cell culture and protein expression systems, with an emphasis on antibodies
  • Familiarity with antibody purification would be an asset
  • Experience with the use of automation and liquid handlers would be an asset
  • Experience in molecular biology such as designing expression plasmids is an asset 
  • Great interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Excellent documentation and organizational skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail

Offers & benefits:

  • The opportunity to work with an inspired team on challenging problems that matter
  • An attractive compensation package, including health and lifestyle benefits
  • A minimum of 3 weeks’ vacation
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development

About 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. We’re revolutionizing how our scientists can explore antibodies and the scale at which they can do so. This is life-changing research and you could be a part of it.

You’ll join a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of biologists, biochemists, engineers, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and physicists - all working together to bring better therapies to patients. We’re a growing company with a high-throughput pipeline and the drive to be the best in the industry. This isn’t just about having the best technology. We know we need a world-class team of visionaries and innovators. 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 help us get there.

To apply:

Please submit your application through our website and refer to Job ID 21165 in your cover letter. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.