Expert Scientist, Antigen Design and Characterization

Rockville, MD
March 08 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.

As an Expert Scientist, you will be contributing to various studies and be responsible for delivering pre-clinical and clinical data analysis.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following…

  • To provide expertise in the areas of protein expression, purification and characterization to guide the design and selection of new target antigens for vaccine development.
  • Provide protein biochemistry expertise to GSK vaccine projects
  • Possesses strong scientific leadership to enable collaboration with key scientific internal and external stakeholders.
  • High-quality written documentation/presentation of work to enable publications of data in peer reviewed journals, patent filings, etc.
  • Supervise students and junior lab personnel as needed

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biotechnology or other related discipline
  • PhD with 2+ years, MS with 5+ years, or BS degree with 10+ years of experience in research and development
  • Experience with different protein expression platforms (e.g. mammalian and bacterial expression systems)
  • Experience with diverse protein purification methods (e.g. affinity column purification and size exclusion chromatography) and equipment (e.g. AKTA avant system)
  • Hands-on experience in bioanalytical and biophysics essay (e.g. ELISA, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, SPR, DSF, DLS)

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • PhD degree with 3+ years postdoc training or working experience
  • Knowledgeable in the field of antigen design and protein characterization
  • Experience in vaccine research in an industrial, academic or government laboratory settings
  • Demonstrate willingness to spend ~70% of time in the research laboratory
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and perform independent innovative research
  • Be a self-starter able to handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to efficiently manage uncertainty, changes in priorities and timelines
  • Good knowledge and understanding of GSK Vaccines strategy and objectives, regulatory requirements, as well as competition intelligence and intellectual property aspects. Ability to integrate this knowledge in decisions and recommendations
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to effectively collaborate within multiple project workstreams
  • Strong track-record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, with at least 3 first author research manuscripts
  • Experience with structural biology would be an advantage
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written

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.

*This is a job description to aide in the job posting, but does not include all job evaluation details.

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