Principal Scientist, Protein Engineering Machine Learning, Discovery Biologics
Discovery Biologics is seeking a Principal Scientist and group leader with experience in computational protein design and/or machine learning to support our biologics pipeline. At our company's Research Laboratories, we believe innovations at the intersection of machine learning, computational protein design, and HTP experimentation will transform the way we bring new therapies to patients. Our organization seeks to directly integrate computational and wet-lab researchers with state-of-the-art automation to accelerate the discovery, engineering, and characterization of novel biologics in the pre-IND pipeline. We are a highly diverse and collaborative group of researchers working at the edge of computation, disease biology, and biotherapeutics. We collaborate broadly within our Research Division, and with academic and industry partners to accelerate the pace of biologics discovery. We recognize that the diversity in our team is our strength, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Successful candidates must demonstrate inclusive behaviors in working with a diverse group of researchers to drive our core mission.
The successful candidate will play a leading role to identify, develop and deploy cutting-edge computational and machine learning methods that will enhance design and engineering workflows in the Discovery Biologics pipeline. They will partner across Discovery Biologics, Data Science, and IT departments to implement foundational algorithms, and democratize the use of machine learning methods across Discovery Biologics programs. Optimal candidates will also have experience with, or a demonstrated passion for, biotherapeutic drug discovery and will be motivated by opportunities to co-lead drug discovery teams focused on engineering biologics molecules. As a project leader, they will set priorities and goals for their teams and work side-by-side with them to solve complex research problems. As a senior leader in the group, they will mentor, coach, and train group members. This is a highly multi-disciplinary role. The successful candidate will need to communicate effectively in diverse team environments spanning data science, machine learning, protein engineering, and preclinical developability. They will also need to regularly update senior leadership and clinical management. This role is central in providing vision and continuity across a diverse group of innovative researchers who are driving the next revolution in biologics discovery and engineering.
Minimum Education Requirements:
PhD in Computational Biology, Computational Chemistry, Structural Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline with demonstrated expertise in novel engineering methods including machine learning and 8+ years of industry experience; MS +10 or BS +14 years of experience
Experience in the discovery, engineering, or development of biotherapeutics
Significant experience engineering biologics using protein modeling software (e.g. Rosetta, TrRosetta, MOE, GROMACs, or similar)
Fluency in at least one modern programming language such as C++, Python, or similar.
Experience leading teams to implement novel computational methods to solve complex research challenges
The desire to teach and educate wet-lab researchers on the fundamentals of computational protein modeling methods and machine learning
Excellent written and oral communication skills
A demonstrated passion for team building and a track record of talent development
A champion for diverse and inclusive cultures
Preferred Experience and Skills:
Computational prediction or de novo design of therapeutic proteins or antibodies (biophysical properties, humanization, CDR prediction, antibody docking, and language models with structural integration)
Development and implementation of protein machine learning methods using challenging datasets
Development and implementation of protein deep learning methods using neural networks (LSTM, Transformers, GNN, VAE, etc.)
Structure and/or sequence based featurization of protein macromolecules for machine learning
Molecular dynamics of protein molecules including statistical descriptions of protein ensembles
Protein-protein interaction prediction and molecular docking
Develop and implement computational strategies to guide the design of biotherapeutics with desired biological and development characteristics.
Working with senior leaders and peers to set group strategy for machine learning adoption and implementation
Providing technical leadership for machine learning projects across Discovery Biologics
Present to group meetings, machine learning initiatives, and project and clinical teams
Co-lead of biologics drug discovery programs, including molecule design, registration and DNA construct ordering
Actively develops talent, strategically maximizes diversity to complement and strengthen their team
Fosters a high-performance culture of collaboration, engagement, self-accountability and inclusion
We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.
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What we look for …
Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.
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