Title:  Group Lead

Date:  4 Jul 2024
Job Location:  Bangalore
Pay Grade:  6-II
Year of Experience:  9 - 12 Years

Job Role: Group Lead - Antibody Discovery

Job Location: Bangalore

Department: Discovery Biology


About Syngene:  Syngene (www.syngeneintl.com) is an innovation-led contract research, development and manufacturing organization offering integrated scientific services from early discovery to commercial supply.


At Syngene, safety is at the heart of everything we do personally and professionally. Syngene has placed safety at par with business performance with shared responsibility and accountability, including following safety guidelines, procedures, and SOPs, in letter and spirit


Mandatory expectation for all roles as per Syngene safety guidelines:


  • Overall adherence to safe practices and procedures of oneself and the teams aligned
  • Contributing to development of procedures, practices and systems that ensures safe operations and compliance to company’s integrity & quality standards
  • Driving a corporate culture that promotes environment, health, and safety (EHS) mindset and operational discipline at the workplace at all times.
  • Ensuring safety of self, teams and lab/plant by adhering to safety protocols and following environment, health, and safety (EHS) requirements at all times in the workplace.
  • Ensure all assigned mandatory trainings related to data integrity, health, and safety measures are completed on time by all members of the team including self.
  • Compliance to Syngene’ s quality standards at all times.


Core Purpose of the Role:


  • The candidate will be leading efforts for generation of therapeutic and reagent-grade antibodies by hybridoma approach. He or she will be in a fast-paced work environment that offers a great opportunity to learn and grow.


Key Responsibilities


  • Foster the Syngene cultural mindset of a Safety-First and Quality-On-Time-In-Full organization, adopting Syngene’s core values of integrity, excellence and professionalism in everything you do.
  • Have working knowledge of drug discovery, project leadership and people management. 
  • Work independently on designing experiments, analyzing/interpreting data and presenting to client.
  • Spend 30-50% time/effort in the lab and supervise a team of 8-10 scientists (PhD and MSc/MTech).
  • On a daily basis, carefully review data generated by team members before data go out to clients and provide input on next set of experiments.
  • Strictly follow guidelines and protocols and impart training to the team.
  • Guide, inspire, motivate and train research scientists in the team at various levels.
  • Provide technical and scientific input in project design and proposal writing.
  • Improve lab efficiency and streamline the operational processes to increase productivity.
  • Analyze operational problems, identify solutions, and implement corrective actions.
  • Identify and implement development opportunities for the team members for scientific and professional growth.
  • Contribution to vendor management, inventory keeping, general laboratory maintenance, quality and safety.
  • Comply with Regulatory, Safety and Quality policies of Syngene for self and team.
  • Maintain contingency plans and rapidly resolve the problems as they arise, if required, in consultation with the stakeholders.
  • Nurture and develop the skills and knowledge of the associates. ·
  • Handle technical, operational and managerial workflows and seamlessly move between these. 
  • Foster innovation and improve customer outcomes through development and validation of experiments and workflows.
  • Demonstrate experience and maturity handling high-performing teams in a matrix environment.
  • Possess the knowledge and involve in the development of environment, health, and safety (EHSS) practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.


Syngene Values:


All employees will consistently demonstrate alignment with our core values


  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism


Accountabilities as a Syngene Leader:


  • Champion effective Environment, Occupational Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) practices for the company and oversee compliance with those practices within Biologics business. Play an active leadership role in monitoring and verifying safety performance through Gemba walks and other safety-led activities.
  • Foster a corporate culture that promotes an environment, occupational health, safety, and sustainability (EHSS) mindset as well as the highest standards of quality, integrity, and compliance.
  • Put people at the heart of our success by providing clear, active leadership defined by the Syngene leadership framework setting high standards of people management, career planning and talent retention as a priority.


Educational Qualification: 


  • PhD in Life Sciences (5-10 years)


Technical / functional Skills:


  • Strong working knowledge of antibody discovery.
  • Experience with antibody generation by hybridoma technology and/or B cell cloning/ display platforms is a must.
  • Experience in Bioinformatics to support antibody engineering and discovery.
  • Experience with fundamental molecular biology techniques and flow cytometry.
  • Excellent attention to details, diligent documentation and efficient communication skills.
  • Data interpretation and decision-making ability.




  • 5-10 years after PhD
  • Relevant industry experience preferred


Behavioral Skills:


  • Demonstrate strong people management skills, leading by example with a high level of emotional intelligence, and be willing to work collaboratively with other functional groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Ability to lead cross-functional teams and act as a true team player.
  • Ability to discuss and debate data and project strategy with demanding clients and scientific experts.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


It is the policy of Syngene to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable legislation or local law. In addition, Syngene will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.