Affinity Selection Biologist

Cambridge, MA
October 26 2020
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
GSK is seeking a highly motivated scientist to join the Biology Group within the Encoded Library Technology (ELT) team. As a member of the ELT Biology Group, you will use DNA encoded chemical libraries (DELs) to identify small molecule ligands to support drug discovery programs across GSK.You will have the opportunity to develop expertise in additional technologies and contribute to the further development of the ELT platform.

The candidate will have an understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, protein biochemistry, or a closely related discipline. Hands on experience with molecular biology (e.g. PCR/qPCR) and biochemical techniques (e.g. affinity selection, affinity purification, SDS-PAGE) are required. This work could be in an academic setting or the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry. A detail oriented individual demonstrating the ability to work in a team environment is critical, including good communication and organizational skills, a strong desire to succeed, and the ability to deliver on time.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following…

  • ​ Become a part of the Encoded Library Technology team, identifying small molecular compounds and contributing to advancing the platform technology
  • Work independently while being part of a larger team
  • Interact with other biologists, and chemists at all of the GSK sites
  • Contribute to data analysis and have a chance to further develop analytical skills
  • Contribute to publications, presentations, and collaborations that enhance the visibility of the team
  • Potential to get involved with automation as well as NextGenSequencing

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • BS/MS degree in biology, biochemistry, or related field
  • BS with 1-4 years experience or MS with 0+ years experience in an industrial or academic laboratory setting
  • hands-on experience with, molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (e.g. PCR, qPCR, affinity selections, SDS-PAGE, etc.)
  • Experience maintaining accurate & complete laboratory records
  • Experience with computer software packages such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Detail-oriented individual with experience maintaining accurate and complete laboratory records
  • Can work independently while in a team setting, with minimal supervision.
  • Previous experience in a biotech / pharmaceutical organization
  • Experience with NexGenSequencing
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to design and execute experiments to meet deadlines
  • Experience with R, python, or equivalent, and/or Spotfire visualization tools for the analysis of large data sets, especially related to small molecule screening outcomes
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills

Why GSK?

Our values and expectationsare at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture. These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.


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