Associate Scientist/ Senior Associate Scientist

Collegeville, PA
December 08 2020
Organization Type
GlaxoSmithKline is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company that combines both individual talent and technical resources to create a platform for the delivery of strong growth in a rapidly changing healthcare market. Our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Biopharm Process Development is a highly experienced Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) organization accountable for delivering robust, cost effective and competitive products and manufacturing processes spanning the full life-cycle of asset development from Discovery through commercialization. These activities are delivered through state-of-the-art internal facilities as well as strategic external partners. Collectively, the team is accountable for CMC activities encompassing cell line development, cell culture/ microbial fermentation, purification development, and drug product/ device development. We also pioneer innovative technologies to improve robustness, reduce cost of goods, and improve the patient experience.

Within Biopharm Process Development, the Biopharm Product Sciences organization focuses on developing world class patient-centric biopharmaceutical drug products through innovation, technology and strategic partnering. The successful candidate will work on developing drug product and delivery systems for protein and peptide-based therapeutics. Role responsibilities will be focused around laboratory experimentation, analytical testing, and secondary manufacturing of putative formulations & drug delivery approaches for select protein therapeutic assets, which include contributing to the conception & evaluation of conventional & novel product matrices and administration modalities; physicochemical and bioanalytical characterization of native and modified Biopharm compounds; working with the CMC analytical group to define analytical method target profile for monitoring quality attributes for use in product development, release and stability testing; crafting & execution of non-GMP stability studies to generate product knowledge, and interfacing with the quality organization to craft GMP stability protocols and assess resultant data; working closely with internal & external development support partners, as needed; maintaining accurate, complete laboratory records; facile use of electronic data & information gathering, capture, archiving and communications techniques; and, assisting in preparation and review of SOPs, and regulatory documentation, as appropriate.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Execute experiments using established protocol and carry out basic interpretation of results with minimal supervision
  • Operates laboratory equipment with minimal supervision
  • Maintains accurate, complete laboratory records
  • Facile use of electronic data & information gathering, capture, archiving and communications techniques.
  • Comply with data integrity requirements
  • Work effectively and collaboratively within own team

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Pharmaceutics, Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related scientific discipline
  • 0-5 years of laboratory-based experience

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Knowledge of protein and peptide chemistry
  • Theoretical understanding or ability to become competent using bioanalytical and/or biophysical techniques for product characterization and product stability evaluation is desirable, including e.g., SEC, capillary electrophoresis, Spectroscopy (UV/VIS, fluorescence, or CD), & DSC.
  • Good knowledge of formulation development for Biopharmaceuticals
  • Creative and motivated self-starter
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate complete laboratory records

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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