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Expert Scientist - Immunology and System Serology

Rockville, MD
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Jan 26, 2022

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Life Sciences, Immunology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry
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Site Name: USA - Maryland - Rockville Posted Date: Jan 10 2022 The goal of this Expert Scientist position will be focused on developing and qualifying serologic assays to be used for the analysis of in vivo animal studies. The Expert Scientist will bring to the team significant knowledge of Immune responses to vaccine biology and experience developing assays which provide critical information to enable strategic decision making by the project team. We are looking for a highly motivative, innovative scientist with experience in multiple Ligand Binding formats and neutralizations assays who can selflessly contribute to multiple projects and help usher a wide variety of vaccine candidates through preclinical development. Responsibilities: Provide expertise in the areas of immune response to vaccines, particularly B cell and antibody responses, and develop ligand binding and neutralization assays to evaluate those responses. Experienced in multiple ligand binding assay formats including Luminex, Gyros and AlphaLISA and viral neutralization assays Provide serologic analytical expertise to GSK vaccine projects Write protocols, procedures and work instructions to support human immunology assays. Independently write specific technical sections of internal and external reports and contribute to scientific papers Provide effective and inspiring leadership with an enterprise mindset, ensuring support to professional development and qualification of staff Possesses strong scientific leadership to enable collaboration with key scientific stakeholders internally and externally. Publish in peer reviewed journals and support patent filings 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: PhD degree in life sciences with at least 2 years of experience in a related biotechnology field OR a master's degree with at least 5 years of experience in a related biotechnology field OR Bachelor's with at least 8 years of experience in a related biotechnology field Knowledgeable in the fields of immunology and the response to vaccination Knowledgeable in approaches used to monitor activation of innate immunity pathways (e.g. transcriptomics, cytokine profiling, imaging, etc.) Experience with the implementation of robotic systems to increase analytical efficiencies Experience in developing amalytical templates in SoftMax Pro, Prism and other analytical software Basic skills in statistical analysis Strong track-record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals or other demonstrations of scientific success Fluency in English, spoken and written Preferred Qualifications: If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: Prior experience with the analysis of human biological samples and knowledge of the HBS specific precautions. Experience in validation of assays for regulatory filings To be successful in the role, this person must: Demonstrate a detailed fundamental knowledge in immunology as it applies to vaccine discovery and development. Have practical knowledge in a wide variety of ligand binding techniques, cell culture, and working with viruses (propagation, neutralization assays, plaque assays, etc.) Demonstrate willingness to spend ~70% of one's time in the research laboratory Have the ability to understand, interpret, and communicate complex scientific data to determine next steps Be comfortable conversing with opinion leaders regarding highly technical information Be a self-starter able to handle multiple projects concurrently Possess a good balance of creativity and analytical thinking faculties Display an ability to be productive and successful in an intense work environment as a Team Player 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: Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk Managing individual and team performance. Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution. Implementing change initiatives and leading change. Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams. Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally. Developing people and building a talent pipeline. Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation. Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally. Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen. *LI-GSK If you require an accommodation or other assistance to apply for a job at GSK, please contact the GSK Service Centre at 1-877-694-7547 (US Toll Free) or +1 801 567 5155 (outside US). GSK is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, in the US, we adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class. 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