Deerfield Management Companies

Vice President, Antibody Engineering & Protein Sciences

Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(10/21/2022 12:10 PM)
# of Openings
Research & Development


AlivaMab Discovery Services (“ADS”) seeks an outstanding individual for the position of Vice President, Antibody Engineering & Protein Sciences. The successful applicant will lead scientific, research and technology development initiatives to oversee and to expand ADS’ established capabilities in antibody engineering, protein sciences, and molecular biology in support of human antibody drug discovery. In addition to these responsibilities, the successful applicant will represent the organization at scientific meetings and partnering activities. The Vice President, Antibody Engineering & Protein Sciences will report to the Chief Executive Officer and work closely with other members of the leadership team to set company research and scientific priorities, budgets, and timelines that align with the overall mission and goals of the organization. 


ADS combines deep expertise and innovative technologies for the rapid discovery of superior antibody therapeutics.  The company has developed a highly optimized fully integrated therapeutic antibody discovery platform that leverages the AlivaMab® Mouse technology and the ADS team’s expertise to deliver diverse panels of highly characterized fully human antibody leads in unparalleled timelines.  We seek talented, experienced, and enthusiastic people to join our team as we continue growing our premier organization that meets and exceeds the expectations of partners conducting therapeutic antibody discovery.  The successful applicant will be a key contributor in a fast-growing team dedicated to delivering superior therapeutic antibody candidates that will improve outcomes for patients.


  • Leading team responsible for engineering novel therapeutics and bringing ability to understand drug biology.
  • Overseeing scientific functions to support existing discovery capabilities including immune repertoire display and in-depth biophysical characterization, and building new capabilities to tailor antibodies for specific applications.
  • Proposing, planning, and leading the development of new capabilities, technologies, and services.
  • Representing the scientific goals and interests of ADS at scientific conferences, partner meetings, and other events.
  • Coordinating projects with other departments to facilitate the entire antibody drug discovery process.
  • Setting company research and scientific priorities in molecular biology, protein sciences, and antibody engineering so that they align with the overall mission and goals of the organization.
  • Maintaining up-to-the-minute knowledge of technological advances and industry trends.
  • Developing scientific messaging and positioning in collaboration with other leadership functions.
  • Managing, recruiting, and empowering team members, fostering a culture of innovation that cultivates teamwork and improves performance.


  • PhD. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Biophysics, Structural Biology, or Computational Biology with a minimum of 15 years of post-graduate experience in protein engineering projects, a majority of which should be in biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Expertise in protein and antibody engineering and optimization across a variety of formats and platforms.
  • Strong track-record of developing biologics in bispecific antibody or other multi-specific formats.
  • Excellent communicator and highly effective in interacting with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
  • Good internal and external collaborative abilities are required, including excellent listening and creative problem solving.
  • The successful applicant will be high-functioning in an environment dedicated to exceptional quality and integrity.
  • Excellent communication skills and being able to present in front of external audiences is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is required. 

About AlivaMab Discovery Services


AlivaMab Discovery Services (ADS) sets its partners’ antibody discovery programs on the fastest and most de-risked path through discovery and development. Trusted by top-tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, ADS delivers drug-quality, fully human antibodies on exceptional timelines. ADS achieves its partners’ design goals, from simple to extraordinarily challenging, through the generation and function-first screening of large, molecularly diverse panels of antibodies. ADS focuses on rapid and efficient delivery of antibodies, characterized for function, kinetics and developability, and engineering for alternative formats, including multi-specifics and CARs. The ADS team’s experience and passion for antibody drug discovery and development combined with the use of trusted, proven technologies, including Ablexis' AlivaMab® Mouse platforms, ensure the highest probability of success.


AlivaMab Discovery Services provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to religion, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, alienage or citizenship status, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.





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