Clinical Scientist (Oncology)

Waltham, Massachusetts; Collegeville, Pennsylvania
February 11 2021
Organization Type
Would you like to be part of GSK's exciting oncology clinical development organization? If so, this could be an excellent opportunity to explore. As a Clinical Scientist you will be providing input on clinical and strategic issues that impact the success of our Medicine Development units. This role will give YOU the opportunity to work on key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following…

The Clinical Scientist has accountability for providing scientific input during protocol development, oversight of study conduct, and interpretation of study results consistent with objectives to define safety, efficacy , pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic, and patient reported outcomes, and applicability of data to the targeted patient population.

The Clinical Scientist will lead a clinical matrix team and ensure patient safety is of paramount importance during the study lifecycle, that study objectives fulfill regulatory and reporting requirements, and support medical governance (through collaboration with the Clinical Development Leads [CDLs] and other Study Team members/stakeholders, as appropriate).The Clinical Scientist will contribute to the design and execution of multiple-phase studies in collaboration with the CDLs. The Clinical Scientist will effectively engage and influence a diverse scientific community of internal and external experts, including collaborations. Further to study/project accountability, the Clinical Scientist may manage other scientists within Oncology Clinical Development.

Job Responsibilities:

The Clinical Scientist responsibility includes, but is not limited to:
  • Ensure delivery of quality study strategy and design, understand the analysis and interpretation of data throughout the study
  • Lead or Contribute as appropriate to the end to end (protocol concept to final study report) delivery of clinical development activities which ensure consistency with the clinical development strategy for regulatory approvals, reimbursable medicines, and successful lifecycle management; demonstrate ability to incorporate global considerations into strategic and operational decisions.
  • Understand the asset's biological mechanism, clinical strategy, scientific interpretation of disease and target-based literature
  • Integrate data from internal, and external academic, conference and competitor sources
  • Understand and support creation and support of competitor landscape, medical need, regulatory strategy
  • Appropriately interact with Key External Experts (KEEs), Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), collaborators, advisory boards, etc.
  • Implement new business processes and strategies and may also proactively identify issues and propose strategies to manage implications and risks on clinical study/Clinical Development Plan (CDP)
  • Ensure the high quality of protocol documents are developed aligned to the CDP to effectively determine a medicine's potential efficacy, safety profile, key areas of product differentiation and value to patient in the shortest possible timeframe
  • Drive/contribute to clinical components of the IB, and documents for regulatory submissions and advisory requirement, including scientific advice, IND, EoP2, pre-NDA/BLA meetings, NDA/BLA and MAA documents
  • Develop studies in accordance with current GSK policies and procedures
  • As appropriate, lead Clinical Matrix Teams

  • Will contribute to Phase 1-4 study design, including clinical pharmacology study designs supporting CDPs
  • Understands objectives; safety, efficacy, statistical endpoints; epidemiological and operational elements; the biology, pharmacology and toxicology; data driven phenotypes identification, biomarkers, microbiology, virology
  • Contributing author to the Clinical Study Proposal (CSP), contributes to presentations at Protocol Review Forum (PRF)
  • Provides input into and reviews other relevant study documents including but not limited to, the informed consent (ICF), protocol deviation management plan (PDMP), study reference manual (SRM)
  • Contributes to regulatory reporting requirements (e.g., DSUR, INDSRs, etc.)
  • Contributes to responses to Institutional Review Boards (IRB)/Ethics Review Committees (ERC), Independent Data Monitoring Committees (IDMC), etc.
  • If Internal Safety Review Committee (ISRC)/IDMC data review is required, participates in, or leads identification of internal or external ISRC/IDMC members, respectively and preparation of charter. Co-ordinates with CDLs and other Study Team members and stakeholders.
  • Contributes to the review of critical safety datasets for in-stream data review in line with Medical Governance objectives (through Clinical Development Lead (CDL) and other stakeholders, as appropriate)
  • Participates in eCRF development and may participate in UAT
  • Reviews the reporting and analysis plan (RAP) and advises on required outputs
  • Participates in data review ongoing through study including interim analyses, in-stream data review, etc., as appropriate
  • Ensures completion of medical governance (through a physician on the team) and regulatory reporting at the start to ensure overall safety of the study subjects
  • Interpretation of study data and scientific content of clinical study reports (CSRs) and regulatory submissions
  • Understands and anticipates questions from internal and/or external stakeholders regarding data results
  • Working with the CDL and other stakeholders, clearly communicates results to internal and external stakeholders and regulators
  • Drives content of other clinical documents (e.g. Investigator Brochure); regulatory documents input (e.g. DSURs, BRMP, DCSI, Annual Safety Reports, PBRs, etc.)
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements to support registration; generates processes/plans and/or provides clinical input into briefing documents to support regulatory interactions/approvals and active attendance at IND, EoP2, scientific advice, pre-NDA/BLA, NDA/MAA, AdCom meetings
  • Contributes to completion/filing of key components of clinical modules (NDA/BLA/MAA, AdCom prep, Scientific Advice) for marketing authorization
  • Prepares and presents data externally in the form of abstracts, posters, presentations for symposia and conferences and external journal publications
  • Inputs into the organisation of Advisory boards and other scientific engagement activities.
  • Contributes to end-of-study reports and publication/presentation of results
  • Reviews/evaluates external collaborations (e.g. SCS, ISS)
  • Work with Study Physicians and Clinical Scientists to ensure appropriate standards for patient safety monitoring within Clinical Development teams
  • Partner with key stakeholders from Clinical Operations and supporting/enabling functions to address areas within clinical safety for ongoing process and system enhancements including maximizing the necessary tools as well as knowledge base for supporting functions
  • Act as a liaison between corporate process owners and study team members to ensure program level consistency in safety-related matters
  • Act as a subject matter expert to study team members and other functions for study-level safety processes and surveillance
  • Develop best practices where needed to assist study teams with tools and processes related to study-level safety

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Bachelor's Life Science degree
  • 5 + years of industry or relevant clinical Development experience
  • Understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and the clinical development process
  • Experience taking strong cross functional leadership role in clinical development; experience & understanding of clinical development from early stage through to regulatory submission and market support.
  • Clinical training and applicable clinical research experience; understanding of running clinical trial from concept study idea to publication
  • Matrix management experience; ability to establish and build internal and external relationships at all levels in a highly dynamic and matrixed environment
  • Experience leading in both matrix and line environment to deliver projects, and manage change
  • Oncology or immuno-oncology experience

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: ​

  • Advanced degree (e.g. MS, PhD, PharmD) or equivalent experience
  • Excellent leadership and influencing skills
  • Robust knowledge of disease-specific research priorities, public health needs, competitor landscape, clinical practice trends and treatment guidelines evolution
  • Highly developed communication skills appropriate to the target audience, promoting effective decision-making where necessary
  • Good interpersonal relationship building/maintenance
  • Robust knowledge of disease-specific research priorities, public health needs, competitor landscape, clinical practice trends and treatment guidelines evolution
  • Highly developed communication skills appropriate to the target audience, promoting effective decision-making where necessary
  • Good interpersonal relationship building/maintenance
  • Advanced understanding of clinical development and/or marketed support to recommend, influence, and implement improvements to processes.
  • Understands the study, project, and program level and can function successfully across a variety of projects.
  • Understands the impact of decisions and maintains awareness of business drivers and alternative solutions for project delivery.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of worldwide regulatory and safety requirements as pertains to drug development, research projects, and/or market support.
  • Ability to establish and build internal and external relationships at all levels in a highly dynamic and matrixed environment.

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:

  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk, governance and control, managing ambiguity and paradox.
  • Managing individual performance.
  • Creating a performance culture and driving results, prioritisation, execution, delivering performance.
  • Setting strategic direction and leading on-going organisational transformation.
  • Building a resilient organisation. Building strong relationships and collaboration in service of common goals, engaging the organisation and building trusted external networks for mutual benefit.
  • Managing P&L and capital allocation.

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