Expert Scientist - RNA vaccines

Rockville, MD
March 12 2021
Organization Type
Are you energized by a challenging role in biology, where scientific demand is driving team growth? If so, this Expert Scientist role would be a great opportunity to consider.

The Vector Biology group at the US Research and Development Center, GSK Vaccines, is responsible for designing, characterizing and optimizing RNA based vaccines.

The goal of this Expert Scientist position will be focused on devising and executing experiments in the areas of RNA vaccine discovery and research with a focus on developing and understanding GSK's mRNA vaccine platform. The successful candidate should have the demonstrated expertise in molecular biology and RNA virology. She/he will be a key member of the diverse team of vaccine scientists, to design, characterize, and select RNA vaccine candidates, dissect their mechanism of action, and support platform technology development

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following…
  • Utilize RNA biology and virology expertise and new cutting-edge technologies to design best-in-class RNA vector-based vaccines
  • Develop and apply novel processes for mRNA synthesis
  • Guide selection of new vaccine platforms design
  • Possesses strong scientific leadership to enable collaboration with key scientific internal and external stakeholders.
  • Publish in peer reviewed journals
  • Supervise students and junior lab personnel as needed
  • Demonstrate a detailed fundamental and practical knowledge in molecular biology and molecular virology, particularly RNA virology, virus-host interactions, or viral pathogenesis.
  • Demonstrate willingness to spend ~70% of one's time in the research laboratory
  • Adaptive, creative and quick learner, efficient in multi-tasking and problem solving
  • Be a self-starter able to handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Display an ability to be productive and successful in an intense work environment as a Team Player

Why You?

Basic qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Ph.D. degree with 2+ years of experience OR Masters with 5+ years of experience in RNA virology, RNA biology or related scientific discipline
  • Highly skilled in molecular and cellular biology
  • Prior experience in RNA viruses or RNA biology and in an area of virology
  • Experience in current technologies supporting the interrogation of nucleic acid research
  • Basic skills in statistical analysis

Preferred qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: ​
  • Prior experience with RNA based vaccines or therapeutics
  • Prior experience in RNA virology, especially alphaviruses, and viral engineering for viral-vector-based vaccine design and/or mRNA-based vaccines or therapeutics
  • Experience on RNA sequence design, RNA folding and structural elements, RNA synthesis and purification
  • Strong track-record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, with at least 2 first author research manuscripts
  • Excellent communication and presentation 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:
  • 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, prioritization, execution, delivering performance.
  • Setting strategic direction and leading on-going organizational transformation.
  • Building a resilient organization.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration in service of common goals, engaging the organization and building trusted external networks for mutual benefit.
  • Managing P&L and capital allocation.

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