Downstream Scientist - mRNA Purification
Site Name: USA - Maryland - Rockville Posted Date: Oct 11 2021 Are you energized by a challenging role in biology, where scientific demand is driving team growth? If so, this Scientist role would be a great opportunity to consider. The global team of Nucleic Acids Vaccines Center of Excellence (Technical Research & Development, GSK Vaccines) is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated Scientist with a strong understanding and experience in nucleic acid research to contribute to the success of the GSK messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine platform. The position is located in Rockville, Maryland. Working in a highly collaborative environment, the successful candidate will: Drive development & optimization of a clinical & commercial manufacturing processes for the purification of mRNA and DNA. Independently design and execute laboratory experiments. Partner with diverse team members from various functions, multiple countries and members at various levels in organization. Benchmark specific technologies in own functional area to bring technology to state of the art. Solve complex problems through analytical thinking to identify and understand alternatives using knowledge gained through formal education, experience and sound judgment. Prepare oral and written reports to communicate scientific findings and to support project documentation and CMC submissions. Comply with data integrity requirements for laboratory work. Why you? Basic Qualifications: We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals: Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or a related scientific field. BS with 6+ years of experience or MS with 3+ years of experience or PhD Relevant specific expertise in mRNA purification or very broad & deep expert-level experience & understanding of purification of biomolecules Experience with different purification techniques such as chromatography and tangential flow filtration (TFF) and associated instrumentation such as Akta chromatography systems and Unicorn software. Experience with bioanalytical assays associated with purification processes, such as SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, HPLC, etc. Experience in research and development in a Biopharmaceutical industry or government laboratory setting is a must. Preferred Qualifications: If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: Have understanding of experimental design and be able to independently execute laboratory experiments. Communicate effectively with regular verbal and formal updates to project teams and management. Proficiency in English Understanding of purification of biologics, specifically large size mRNA, including process scale-up. Strong hands-on experience with a wide range of purification techniques for large nucleic acid molecules including affinity capture, ion exchange and hydrophobic interactions. Experience and understanding of nucleic acid analytical technologies. Understanding of Quality by Design and the development of a process control strategy. Design and execute DOE studies & high-throughput screen for purification process improvements and advancements including parameter optimization, scale-up, process window determination and process capability evaluation. Knowledge of technology transfer and GMP manufacturing. Be able to rapidly acquire project understanding and apply professional knowledge to project improvement. Demonstrated ability to efficiently work in a fast paced and fluid environment, changes in priority and timeline restrictions Why GSK? Our values and expectations are 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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