Website Absci Corporation

Absci is the drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins. We built our Integrated Drug Creation™ Platform to identify novel drug targets, discover optimal biotherapeutic candidates, and generate the cell lines to manufacture them in a single efficient process. Our goal is to enable the development of better medicines. We Translate Ideas into Drugs™. Based in Vancouver, Washington, ten minutes from Portland, Oregon, we’re located within an hour of world class alpine terrain and rugged Pacific coastlines. Check out this short video to learn more and see how our #Unlimiters are changing the world one protein at a time:

We are currently seeking a motivated and accomplished Director, or Associate Director, Fermentation with a strong background in microbial fermentation process development to join our team. You will lead a team of scientists and associates to support the development and scale-up of the fermentation process for partner molecules/biologics. You will also play a critical role in the continued development of Absci’s core technology at the fermentation scale. With your passion for scientific innovation and adept technical skills, you are energized by working in a dynamic environment. As a part of Absci’s scientific leadership team in an integral role, you will help shape the direction of company culture and scientific focus.


  • Assume primary responsibility for strategic direction, experimental design, and oversight of fermentation process development activities.
  • Conceptualize and coordinate the execution of fermentation experiments across multiple scales (1ml, 250mL and 30L), using state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Develop suitable scale-down models to enable high-throughput strain screening in deep-well plates.
  • Oversee and develop a team of scientists and associates.  Mentor, and inspire scientists and junior members.
  • Communicate technical progress to senior management and partners.
  • Perform data analysis of scientific results and present internally to team members and senior management.
  • Recruit scientific and technical talent to grow the fermentation team.
  • Manage multiple independent experiments concurrently, including maintaining effective data capture, technical protocols, and analysis.
  • Champion new development of AbSci’s core technology and coordinate cross- functional collaborative projects.
  • Ensure good data capture practices are observed by the team.
  • Drive change through AbSci’s scientific leadership team.


  • Ph.D., or M.S., in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Microbiology or related field
  • 4+ years of directly relevant experience in biotechnology industry setting
  • Experience successfully managing a team of at least 4 researchers for 2+ years
  • Demonstrated proficiency developing scalable processes and performing tech transfer
  • Highly preferred: Experience developing fermentation processes with E. coli for the production of recombinant proteins
  • Highly preferred: Understanding of statistics and statistical software (JMP)
  • Preferred: Deep understanding of bench-scale fermentation units (Sartorius, Applikon, DASGIP) and associated control software

We seek candidates who will dive into our creative company culture that’s collaborative, multidisciplinary, and committed to a big vision for positive impact. We are defying conventions and innovating without boundaries. We are disrupting an industry with bold ideas and passionate pursuit of new possibilities. We are looking for original thinkers, creative scientists, and data-devoted gurus. Successful candidates will be excited to work in a dynamic environment and contribute as a key member of a project team. If this sounds good to you, we invite you to join us in our quest to redefine possible.

Absci offers highly competitive salaries and benefits, including medical and dental insurance, paid time off, breakfast and lunch, and 401(k) with a generous company match. Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. Absci is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Absci will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Absci offers a dog-friendly work environment – bring your pup along for the ride.

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