Bioinformatics Scientist, Antibody Discovery

Emeryville, California (US)
Competitive Salary, Bonus, Benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Share Options, 401 (K)Match
May 14, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Bioinformatics Scientist will report to senior bioinformatics staff and to the Director of Antibody DiscoveryThe candidate will assist all data driven efforts of the OmniAb antibody discovery team selecting panels of therapeutic candidate antibodies. A successful candidate has a bioinformatics background in applied data science with eagerness to acquire new skills in the field of antibody discovery and computational immunology. The candidate will work in tandem with a senior bioinformatics scientist and provide support for all non-informatics staff. Additionally, the role will involve coordinating experiments across a variety of internal and external projects; so, strong communication skills and a collaborative nature is a must. This position will be in Emeryville, CA.

The OmniAb group at Ligand consists of dynamic and innovative scientists that employ a variety of novel platforms to support our partners in discovering the best antibodies possible for their therapeutic applications. At the core of OmniAb is the ability to engineer animals to generate affinity matured human sequence antibodies for use in conventional and novel formats. We leverage our proprietary animals with state-of-the-art technology in antigen design, immunization methods and high-throughput single B cell screening to facilitate discovery of best-in-class antibodies. We are looking for accomplished team players who are enthusiastic to contribute to the technological frontier of antibody discovery, and passionate in their desire to collaborate with partners to develop next generation therapeutics. See for more details about the exciting science being performed at Ligand

About Ligand * Ligand is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing or acquiring technologies that help pharmaceutical companies discover and develop medicines. Ligand employs research technologies such as antibody discovery technologies, ion channel discovery technology, Pseudomonas fluorescens protein expression technology, formulation science and liver targeted pro-drug technologies to assist companies in their work toward securing prescription drug and biologic approvals. We have contributed novel research and technologies for approved medicines that treat cancer, osteoporosis, fungal infections and postpartum depression, among others.

Essential Role Responsibilities

  • Assist data driven antibody discovery efforts
  • Assist data standardization and integration
  • Develop algorithms and scripts to process data from various sources
  • Help to develop OmniAb informatics platform
  • Guide therapeutic antibody discovery efforts for partner and/or internal projects
  • Preparation and communication of experimental data reports for partner and internal antibody discovery programs

Non-essential Role Responsibilities Include

  • Other duties as required

Minimum Requirements

  • BS or MS in computational biology/ immunology, bioinformatics or equivalent, with industry experience (1-2 years)
  • Documented coding skills in python and/or R in the context of large-scale biological data (i.e. high throughput assay data such as NGS) is required
  • Experience in algorithm development is preferred
  • Experience in antibody discovery and/or (computational) immunology is considered a strong asset
  • Hands-on experience in molecular biology, cell biology, protein biology is considered a strong asset
  • Hands-on experience in antibody cloning and expression is considered a strong asset
  • Must demonstrate well-developed communication, record keeping, organizational skills, and the ability to work in a team environment


  • The company offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, Short/Long term disability and life insurance, as well as 401(k) match, Stock Options, Bonus, and paid time leave.

Additional Information

  • All new hires are required to go through a background and reference check
  • Ligand is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets employer
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship
  • Ligand celebrates the diversity of life and welcomes all individuals to apply