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Associate Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development (CMC)

AbCellera Biologics

AbCellera Biologics

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2022

AbCellera is an 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. Working at the interface of computation, engineering, and biology, AbCellera is rebuilding the front-end process of how drugs are discovered with a discovery platform that integrates modern technologies from engineering, microfluidics, single-cell analysis, high-throughput genomics, machine learning, and hyper-scale data science. With over 400 AbCellerites and growing, we’re expanding our capabilities to include CMC development and GMP manufacturing of antibodies to bring therapies from idea to patients, faster.

We are seeking a highly motivated Associate Scientist to join the Formulation Development team within Process Development at AbCellera. In this capacity, the Scientist will be responsible for establishing  laboratory workflows and best practices for formulation and drug product process development and clinical in-use studies.

The successful candidate will have strong analytical and laboratory experience. Individuals who can easily translate business objectives into technical and tactical plans will likewise experience success in this position. The role will offer numerous opportunities for growth and development as we seek to build this functionality at record pace.

We’d love to hear from you if

  • You are an innovator and ready to help new approaches to the discovery and development of therapeutics
  • You have a strong desire to support early antibody discovery work by developing ways to improve and speed up the discovery to CMC development to GMP manufacturing paradigm
  • You are ready to revolutionize therapeutic development and move at lightning speed to create a legacy in our industry
  • You are an outstanding communicator and teammate
  • You are highly motivated and excited about the opportunity to work with an inspired team on challenging problems that matter

How you might spend your days

  • Supporting formulation and drug product development for monoclonal antibodies or related biotherapeutic antibodies
  • Establishing laboratory workflows and drafting best practices for the Pharmaceutical Development function to ensure that work is performed efficiently and in a scientifically sound manner
  • Generating high quality data and technical reports in support of pharmaceutical development, GMP-enabling stability studies and regulatory filings
  • Aggregating and presenting data to stakeholders within Pharmaceutical Development and across the CMC organization
  • Authoring technical reports to support regulatory submissions
  • Contributing to CMC technical teams in the form of investigation support, data generation, interpretation, and presentation
  • Collaborating with our Research organization on pre-formulation studies to support evaluation of preclinical drug candidates.
  • Researching and evaluating technological advances in the field of analytical chemistry
  • Connecting scientific experimental design and execution to key business objectives
  • Providing technical and tactical leadership for the Formulation Development team

Required qualifications and experience

  • Ph.D. or M.Sc. and 0-2+ years of experience, or B.Sc. and 2-5+ years of experience 
  • Experience working in areas of therapeutic biophysical and biochemical protein characterization, protein analytics, and/or formulation development in either academia or biotechnology 
  • Strong data and time organization/management skills; proficiency in multi-tasking
  • Proficiency working with data acquisition platforms such as Empower, Compass, 32Karat, etc is a plus
  • Familiarity with electronic lab notebooks (Ex. Benchling), experimental data capture, and the associated 21 CFR part 11 compliance requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and master new experimental techniques
  • Knowledge of regulatory filings such as INDs, BLAs, IMPDs, etc would be advantageous.
  • Proven to be a problem-solver and team player with strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements as it pertains to CMC activities for monoclonal antibodies (FDA, EMA, ICH, etc) would be advantageous

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!

About AbCellera

At AbCellera, we find the next generation of therapeutic antibodies. To succeed, we have created innovative solutions at every step - custom antigen preparation and immunizations, microfluidics, high-throughput imaging, genomics, computation, machine learning and laboratory automation - leaving no stone unturned and revolutionizing how scientists can explore natural antibody diversity and the scale at which they can do 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. This is life-changing research and you could be a part of it.

We’re a growing company with state-of-the-art discovery tools 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 innovators working together to solve the toughest problems. 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 and organize our efforts along the way.