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Sr. Scientist - Product Chemistry

Richmond, Virginia
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Jul 8, 2022

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The purpose of the Senior Scientist role is to ensure that calorimetry modes of material characterization are available, via a subject matter expert, and applied during the R&D product development process. Specifically, this position pertains to the R&D Product Chemistry function within the global GSK Consumer Healthcare business and supports the development of global brands.

Within the Product Chemistry group function, this effort starts by using a breadth of characterization tools to consistently learn more about the various materials (i.e. from small molecules to large polymers) used to make our products. The ultimate goal is to understand how product chemistry specifically links to product performance. We do this by engaging unexpected technical issues that occur within the product development process. We prefer, when possible, to engage in the early phase product development activities so we can better maneuver through late stage issues with confidence. Additionally this enables our design team partners to make sound technical decisions from an evidence based approach. We accumulate and share our learnings back to the front end pipeline activities so we may expand our technical options to build better next generation products.

Reporting to the Product Chemistry Team Leader the Senior Scientist, in Richmond, will provide a reasonably well-rounded material characterization skill set where characterization and trouble-shooting strategies are designed and executed across the equipped laboratories (e.g. internal and external) accessible to the Product Chemistry group.

The ability to build trust and credibility with members of External Innovation, New Product Development, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Manufacturing operations is a must. It is expected that good laboratory practices are maintained

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

Primary Role: Thermal Analysis
  • This role will serve as the Product Chemistry Group subject matter expert in thermal analysis techniques such as DSC, TGA and microcalorimetry. Proficiency in rheology is a plus.

Pipeline Execution
  • Design and execute characterization experiments that contribute to problem solving and preformulation activities that may include:
    • Characterization of materials to identify critical to quality attributes related to efficacy
    • Raw material interactions and compatibility
    • Prototype assessment

Pipeline Enrichment
  • Engage the way we re-cycle our learning from problem solving activities back to the ‘front end' of the pipeline; engage in the intellectual property strategy and actively seek discovery and innovation opportunities through the normal course of problem solving work.

Evidence Generation
  • Effectively write technical reports, strategy documents, record of invention applications and external technical manuscripts. Ability to design experiments that align with Guidance Document expectations is a plus.

People Development
  • Commit to ‘Listen and Learn' activities to discover competency strengths. Use these strengths to increase the effectiveness of how the Product Chemistry group contributes toward product development activities

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Graduate degree in Chemistry or Physics
  • 2 + years experience PhD; 4 + years experience with MSc.
  • Experience specifically working in a laboratory, where independent design of experiments were required to solve unexpected technical issues
  • Experience in the product development process specifically with applying technical knowledge to practical applications

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Master's Degree or PhD
  • Good communicator in both written and verbal communications
  • Strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to take risk with confidence, foster new technology and partner with others

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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