Scientific Director - Data Science

Seattle, WA
Oct 07, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Our mission is to design and apply innovative technologies to create global access to biotherapeutics. Just-Evotec Biologics is seeking an experienced and creative Director of Data Science who is passionate about pushing the boundaries in the application of Data Science methods toward biotherapeutic discovery, design, selection, and process development. This position will head a group of data engineers and data scientists who are working closely with lab scientists throughout the organization to accelerate the entire biotherapeutic development pipeline through the development of improved data workflows, automated analyses, and machine-learned methods. The successful candidate will have extensive leadership experience and a deep understanding of the strengths and limitations of data science in the contexts of physical science research and industrial manufacturing. Domain expertise in antibody discovery, molecular design, and biologics process development is preferred. Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively over teleconference and web-based meetings are necessary.


  • Engage with scientific leadership throughout the company to identify high-impact data science projects and define project scopes.

  • Develop a deep understanding of the technological challenges in biotherapeutics discovery, molecular design, process development, and manufacturing. Provide input toward experimental efforts and design computational methods to address these challenges.

  • Identify and advocate for resources needed within the data science group and organization.

  • Promote staff development by mentoring data scientists/engineers and providing training and engagement opportunities for lab scientists across the organization interested in applying data science methods.

  • Foster constructive relationships with software engineering, automation, and scientific team leaders to align data capture and analysis efforts. Motivate data scientists and engineers to deliver data products that accelerate analysis and increase scientific insight.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • PhD in applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, or engineering discipline with a primary emphasis on data science or related computational methods

  • 10+ years of relevant experience, 5+ years of team and project management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Subject matter experience in biotherapeutics development, protein engineering, process engineering, analytics

  • Experience building diverse teams and fostering an inclusive environment

  • Excellent communication skills; comfort presenting findings and pitching business cases to technical, senior leadership and executive audiences

  • Deep working knowledge and a high level of comfort with software engineering, cloud-based computing, and database technologies

About Just Evotec Biologics

Just – Evotec Biologics, wholly-owned by Evotec SE, is a unique platform company that integrates the design, engineering, development, and manufacture of biologics. With deep experience in the fields of protein, process and manufacturing sciences, the Just team came together to solve the scientific and technical hurdles that block access to life-changing protein therapeutics; from the design of therapeutic molecules to the design of the manufacturing plants used to produce them. Just’s focus is to create access and value for a global market through scientific and technological innovation. Our state-of-the-art labs and cGMP clinical manufacturing plant are co-located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood – the center of Seattle’s medical, global health, and technology industries and a noted top emerging life science hub in the U.S. Our fast-growing team of 200+ employees is expanding Just’s innovative platform and footprint – building our first North American J.POD® commercial manufacturing facility in the Seattle area.

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