Collegeville, PA
February 21 2021
Other, Other
Organization Type
We are seeking scientists with experience in integrative metabolism research either in academia or industry. This biologist will join an energetic team in the GSK Novel Human Genetics Research Unit (NHG RU) with the goal of discovering and developing medicines for diseases with a significant unmet medical need. You will be a biologist with experience in the application of a wide range of in vivo models. In this role you will be responsible for identifying new molecular targets and establishing and implementing new in vivo assays for drug discovery projects. This is an exciting bench-based role in a dynamic matrix team environment that will allow the successful candidate to have a critical contribution in our drug discovery efforts.

The successful candidate will have knowledge, understanding and experience in state of the art metabolism and/or liver disease in vivo models. Only a talented individual, who aspires to learn and work collaboratively in teams will succeed in this role. Though drug discovery experience is highly desirable, this is not essential. The successful candidate will be one who is science driven, innovative, understands project needs and establishes relevant biological assays, effectively trouble shoots challenges, assumes personal accountability, and is courageous. The candidate must be keen to learn through experience, in order to advance in their career.

About NHG RU: The Novel Human Genetics Research Unit (NHG RU) was formed in 2019 to identify and advance novel targets with high genetic association to disease. This is based on the observation that targets with high human genetic evidence supporting their causal role in a disease state improves success in drug discovery by two-fold. The NHG RU is therapeutically broad and complements other research units within GSK which have strategic focuses on immunology and oncology. The remit of NHG RU is to identify novel targets based on human genetics, develop assets for clinical studies, and perform Phase 1 first-time in human and proof of mechanism studies in the clinic. This goal is enabled through strategic external (23andMe, UK Biobank, FinnGenn, Laboratory of Genomic Research, Public-Private Consortia) and GSK-internal partnerships (Functional Genomics, AI/ML, and Medicinal Science and Technologies).

Key Responsibilities:
  • Hands-on execution of laboratory experiments, data recording/analysis, presentation and strict adherence to data integrity principles.
  • Able to establish, design, perform, analyze, and present in vivo studies.
  • Assimilate and evaluate in-house and publicly available data in support of new target identification and evaluation as well as supporting ongoing projects
  • Provide scientific insights based on knowledge and experience and deliver robust results to drug discovery matrix teams to enable decision making.
  • Effectively resolve scientific and technical challenges using knowledge and subject matter expertise/experience to enable program progression.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant literature, and effectively incorporate knowledge and technology to positively impact projects.
  • Clear communication of study results and impact at internal and external meetings.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Advanced degree (MSc, PhD or MD/PhD) with 2 years of physiology/pharmacology research experience in metabolic or liver disease
  • Experience in establishing in vivo models and implementing robust in vivo studies.
  • Experience working independently as well as collaboratively in a matrix environment across multi-disciplinary teams to support multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Experience in rodent models of liver disease
  • Prior experience in drug discovery either at pharma or in biotech.
  • Knowledge of in vitro cell model systems (cell lines, primary cells, iPSCs) and techniques (molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry)

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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