1+ months

Director of Biologics, Antibody Engineering - Drug Discovery

Kelly Services
San Francisco, CA 94103
Opportunity to be a key contributor at a leading Shanghai based Contract Research Organization specializing in drug discovery services. As more and more Pharma and Biotech companies look for alliance partners to increasingly provide intellectual contributions and exceptional technical expertise, we are uniquely positioned to not only be a LifeScience CRO, but to be a pharmaceutical alliance partner. With a team of over 2000 experienced scientists, hundreds of western-trained pharmaceutical industry leaders, and experienced Pharmaceutical Executive Leadership at the helm, we are aligned and dedicated to technically and strategically accomplish the research initiatives of Pharma and Biotech companies from around the world. Further information can be found on our website at

This position will be based at our South San Francisco facility with occasional trips to Shanghai, China.

**The position:**

We are seeking a leader for therapeutic antibody discovery using the highly automated and robust Beacon single-cell B cell cloning platform from Berkeley Lights. The incumbent will present the capabilities to clients, brainstorm on target specific screening strategies, draft proposals with timelines and budget and lead the B cell cloning team to execute and deliver the desired antibody candidates. The successful candidate must possess a combination of strong technical, project leadership, functional leadership and strategic vision to expand on the functional screening capabilities on Beacon and work effectively across a broad spectrum of biological targets and therapeutic areas.

We offer a strong compensation package including salary, 401(k) and a comprehensive benefits package etc.


+ Support Business Development efforts by presenting our Biologics and B cell cloning capabilities to clients and at conferences or hosted webinars to disseminate our biologics capabilities.

+ Lead the B cell cloning technical team in South San Francisco by supporting technical troubleshooting, execution, logistics and resource planning and supporting the career growth and development of the team

+ Work collaboratively with client to define design goals, immunization strategies, brainstorm on cell and bead based assays on Beacon, draft custom study proposals with appropriate costs, time lines and activities.

+ Design proof of concept studies to expand functional screening capabilities on Beacon to move function forward in the discovery process and present findings at conferences or hosted webinars

+ Lead cross functional antibody discovery teams out of South San Francisco and/or Shanghai, including coordinating meetings, presenting technical updates to clients and documenting discussions and action items in minutes

+ Support Business Development efforts by presenting our Biology capabilities to new clients

+ Provide technical due diligence on new technology or target ideas for collaboration projects


+ Ph.D. /MD with 10+ years or MS/BS with 15+ years industry experience in therapeutic antibody discovery and expertise in immunology, molecular biology, biological sciences or related field.

+ Highly motivated scientific leader with a proven track record in antibody discovery and engineering, preferably with B cell cloning and cell-based assay development expertise. Knowledge and experience in BLI Beacon platform are a plus, but not required.

+ Ability to apply deep understanding of biology across multiple therapeutic areas to design and execute antibody discovery strategy

+ Vision for the future of B cell cloning capabilities, including expanding functional assay capabilities, cross-species capabilities and leveraging new technologies to continue to grow the capability

+ A keen eye for critical path, providing scientific oversight and direction to the B cell cloning group as well as enabling go/no go decisions for projects

+ Experience managing cross-functional antibody discovery teams, including PhD scientists, and advancing therapeutic candidates

+ Manage and mentor scientists, including PhD level members, with emphasis on people development and execution of B cell cloning workflow on and off the Beacon, assay development and troubleshooting efforts

+ Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in English. Ability to communicate in Mandarin would be advantageous, although not imperative.

+ The incumbent will be required to focus on multiple issues at one time, and must have the ability to organize and direct diverse activities in a changing environment, often under time pressure.

+ With a mature, self-confident and well-balanced personality, it is essential that the candidate also possess a high standard of ethical and intellectual integrity.


**Why Kelly** **** **?**

Kelly Science & Clinical is your connection to premier scientific and clinical companies looking to hire talented people just like you. Every day, we match science professionals with dream jobs that fit their skills and interestsits the way we think job searching should be. Nearly 100 percent of our science recruiters have a professional background/education in science, so we know a thing or two about the science market and how to get you noticed.

**About Kelly** ****

At Kelly, were always thinking about whats next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, were a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live (plus, did we mention we provide a ton of benefits ?). Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law. (
Posted: 2021-05-31 Expires: 2021-09-20

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