Expert Scientist - Nucleic Acid Vaccines
Site Name: USA - Maryland - Rockville Posted Date: Oct 20 2021 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 Nucleic Acids Vaccines Center of Excellence global team within Technical Research & Development, GSK Vaccines is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated Scientist with a strong understanding and experience in nucleic acid research. Located in Rockville, Maryland, the position will contribute to the success of the GSK messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine platform. Working in a highly collaborative environment, the successful candidate will: Be a key member of a global team of talented professionals to design and characterize mRNA vaccine candidates, and support platform technology development in a highly competitive landscape. Apply deep knowledge in nucleic acid research to drive development & optimization of a clinical & commercial manufacturing processes for the mRNA and DNA. Work both independently and as a member of cross-functional teams of CMC scientists on high impact and visibility vaccine programs to develop RNA and DNA production strategies that meets project timeline and quality requirement. Research literature databases, evaluate novel technologies, and design technical studies to meet RNA vaccine platform development needs. Support licensing activities. Independently carry out and document experiments, interpret data, and maintain good scientific process. Prepare oral and written reports to communicate scientific findings and to support project documentation and CMC submissions. Why you? Basic Qualifications: We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals: Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or a related scientific field. MS with 6+ years of experience or PhD with 2+ years of experience Experience in nucleic acid research (publications and/or regulatory/patent filings). Hands-on and in-depth experience in nucleic acid synthesis, optimization and quality control. Experience in nucleic acid sequencing and next-generation sequencing. Preferred Qualifications: If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: Work independently or with minimal supervision. Be able to rapidly acquire project understanding and apply professional knowledge to project improvement. Be detail oriented; possess problem solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks. Must possess good communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills with an eagerness to work with and support colleagues in a cross-functional collaborative environment. Proficiency in English. Familiar with large-scale DNA and RNA synthesis. Hands-on experience with nucleic acid sequencing. Familiar with plasmid design and optimization. Experience and understanding in nucleic acid analytical technologies. Hands-on experience with bioreactor systems Working experience with gene therapies or specifically mRNA-based vaccines or therapeutics. Ability to efficiently manage uncertainty, changes in priority and timeline restrictions Broad understanding of overall process development and analytical development activities required for CMC support. Knowledge and understanding of Quality by Design, as applied to biologics from an early stage, would be an advantage. 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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