Cell and Gene Therapy Product Development and Supply Graduate Program, US, 2021

Collegeville, PA
December 04 2020
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Discover our Cell and Gene Therapy Product Development and Supply Graduate Program

Education required: MS or PhD degree in a scientific discipline: Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or other related areas. Relevant vocational experience will also be considered. Graduation by Spring/Summer 2021

Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in your native language and English

Start date: September 2021

*You can apply to only one graduate program in the U.S.

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and offer positions on a first come, first served basis.

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GSK's goal is to be one of the world's most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. We have 3 global businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

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Lab-Based Scientist Graduate Programme; Cell & Gene Therapy Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC)

The potential of Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) to produce medicines with potential curative properties for a wide range of diseases is becoming increasingly apparent and demands a rapid shift in thinking. In order to lead in this new class of medicine, we are looking for bright graduates to support us in Product Development and Supply to create, manufacture and deliver innovative medicines for oncology applications.

Medicinal Science & Technology (MST) within Pharma R&D is accountable for ensuring that GSK has access to technology that amplifies our science, bringing competitive advantage by providing new insights that improve the probability of delivering transformational medicines to patients.

The CGT Lab-Based Scientist Programme is a 2-year rotational program consisting of 3 rotations within Product Development, Analytical Development and Manufacturing. During this accelerated graduate development program, we expect graduates to gain an understanding of the key technical, operational, and teamwork skills needed within CGT. You will be involved in the development of CGT platform technologies and participate in activities related to the understanding, improvement and manufacture of the medicines in our Advanced Therapies portfolio for oncology applications.

The role will be based in laboratories at the GSK R&D Hub in Upper Providence, Pennsylvania and following rotations, this role is expected to lead to a position in any of the CGT PD&S departments: Product Development, Analytical, Manufacturing, or Supply Chain, pending performance review and business requirements.

What is involved in the CGT Graduate Program?

During rotations, there will be a focus on development of technologies for ex vivo oncology cell therapy platforms and products, and their manufacture. Projects will encompass different stages of producing CGT medicines so that laboratory skills and knowledge will be gained around:
  • Process research to understand the biology of how the medicine is made
  • Manufacture of viral vectors for gene delivery
  • Processing of patient cells for genetic modification outside of the body ( ex vivo )
  • Formulation development for vector and cells
  • Analytical development to ensure product quality
  • GMP manufacture of modified immune cells to supply clinical trials and commercial products
  • Compliance framework: Deviations, CAPAs, Change Controls
  • Quality and regulatory aspects of CGT
  • Technology Transfer and readiness for Good Manufacturing Practice production

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and applying high quality science, alongside recording and communicating experimental and operational results. Active contribution to team culture within GSK and with external partners will also be expected.

In the role, your responsibilities will include:
  • Developing lab skills across CGT Product development, Analytical Development and application in a Quality Control environment
  • Developing an understanding of GMP manufacture and site operations, alongside working with external service providers
  • Understanding and adhering to manufacturing compliance
  • Gaining an insight into Technology Transfer and validation & commissioning of a GMP facility
  • Designing and executing new methods and protocols and/or proactively incorporating new technology or techniques into practice with minimal supervision
  • Executing a wide range of experiments/technical studies/tasks independently based on protocol
  • Identifying and troubleshooting problems in the execution of experimental processes/technical studies/tasks
  • Fully understanding the rationale and hypotheses for experimental designs with a theoretical understanding across CGT and oncology

You'll need:
  • A passion for biomedical sciences and to be patient-focused with a genuine interest in the delivery of innovative therapies to treat unmet medical needs
  • To be a self-motivated and proactive team member
  • To demonstrate the ability to work with and build relationships with key stakeholders
  • Communication and networking skills for interactions with scientists outside of primary “project” roles
  • To present ideas and data effectively to colleagues and internal CGT stakeholders, at internal forums and external meetings
  • To demonstrate an ability to multitask and problem solve and adapt to change, staying focused under pressure
  • To influence: exhibit the capacity to grow into roles of increasing responsibility
  • A ‘disruptive' mindset, proposing novel approaches to challenging scientific problemsAn analytical mind and an eye for detail, accuracyand quality

Benefits include:
  • A competitive base salary
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Access to healthcare and well-being programs, pension plan membership, savings programs, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programs, which reward exceptional achievements
  • Long-term incentives through shared ownership link your rewards to our longer term performance
  • Competitive relocation policy for those who are eligible
  • Opportunity for flexible working arrangements

If you share our priorities of innovation, performance and trust and are motivated to contribute towards bringing lifesaving drugs to patients, then we'd love to hear from you.

We have changed the way we recruit in light of the COVID-19 pandemic - you can learn more about how our practices have adapted here.

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