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Lead High Throughput Antibody Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range
$159,330.00  - $204,636.00  Annually
Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Rapid Response Laboratory Lead to oversee a High Throughput Antibody Production & Characterization Laboratory. You will be responsible for the development, implementation, and continuous optimization of automated high throughput protein production and screening platforms for the characterization of computationally designed therapeutic antibodies. You will also oversee day-to-day operations of the laboratory, assess performance metrics, and ensure programmatic objectives are met while maintaining safe and compliant operations. This position is in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

You will

  • Oversee stand up of the laboratory capability, including defining optimal production characteristics, optimizing high-throughput process, and troubleshooting.
  • Supervise day-to-day laboratory operations and personnel producing and characterizing antibodies in support of broader effort to develop biological countermeasures.
  • Provide technical direction and daily oversight of ~6 staff, including molecular biologists, microbiologists, and lab automation specialists.
  • Monitor antibody production cycle processes (including molecular, transfection, purification, filtration) and down-stream characterization (including binding, affinity, and structural) to ensure analytic performance and compliance with Quality Assurance/Quality Control requirements.
  • Collaborate with our team of diverse expertise, including biochemists, infectious disease biologists, engineers, and computational biologists, to develop and optimize antibody screening and selection strategies.
  • Interact with external collaborators and/or contract research organizations to explore and/or execute commercial complementation toward program goals.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the development of integrated research programs to meet sponsor needs in multiple national security focus areas. Interact with senior project staff and management to influence programmatic decisions.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and maintenance records; ensure best practices for data reporting via LIMS.
  • Participate in preparing for annual safety inspections and maintaining a safe laboratory environment in collaboration with EH&S.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a field related to Antibody Production and Screening or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Significant experience developing and managing workflows for high throughput antibody production and screening platforms.
  • Significant experience implementing and/or maintaining best practices for LIMS.
  • Advanced leadership, communication, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers from diverse fields and provide guidance, support, and leadership as needed.
  • Advanced written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deliver presentations, prepare written reports and to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience developing and managing workflows for large-scale (batch) antibody production, purification, and characterization.
  • Experience with automated workflows and automation platforms (e.g., Hamilton robotic liquid handlers)
  • Experience designing and executing high throughput screening assays to identify and evaluate antibody candidates with desired properties such as specificity, affinity, and stability.
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data generated from high throughput screening assays to guide protein optimization.
  • Experience with additional protein purification and characterization techniques.
  • Expertise in library display technologies for high throughput screening, e.g., mammalian cell-based expression/display, yeast display, and/or other platforms.

Additional Information

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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None required.  However, this position involves U.S. Export Control; this work must be performed by a U.S. person (U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, U.S. national, or U.S. protected individual (e.g., refugee, asylee)).

If your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)


Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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