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Expert Scientist Bioassays

Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 6, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
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The Expert Scientist is responsible for the cell-based characterization assays for commercial protein drugs, working in the Rockville MSAT analytical team. In addition, the Scientist participates in non cell-based characterization and in-process analytical testing including ELISA and residual DNA.

The role is responsible to transfer-in characterization methods from Research & Development / Clinical departments to implement, execute, and analyze them for comparability studies and analytical investigations. Cell-based methods are carried out in a BSL2 and GMP environment. The role leads troubleshooting root cause analysis for issues arising in MSAT or other departments.

To achieve your objectives, you will work closely with the QC Bioassay and R&D departments. For the MSAT analytical department, this will be an expansion of scope and the team will rely on your subject matter expertise .


Key accountabilities of the role are:

  • Serve as a project lead for DS and DP cell-based characterization assays within MSAT: Method transfer and execution
  • Primary contact and subject matter expert for cell-based bioassays in MSAT
  • Strong working relationship with QC Bioassay leadership and personnel
  • Represent MSAT Analytical group in matters of cell-based assays in meetings and documentations
  • Working in a GMP and BSL2 environment
  • Adhere to documentation rules when working with GMP equipment
  • Be able to work independently without direct supervision
  • Flexibility to learn/execute non-bioassays, primarily process residuals
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Documented experience with the development and execution of reporter-based assays using luciferase or other similar systems to measure the response in cell systems

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • BS with a minimum of 8 years, MS with a minimum of 6 years, or PhD with a minimum of 2 years industry experience
  • Experience in GMP environment

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Understanding of the mechanism of antibody drugs
  • Experience in method troubleshooting
  • Experience in method development, qualification, or validation.

Why GSK?

GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose - to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together - so we can positively impact the health of billions of people and deliver stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns - as an organization where people can thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to impact the health of 2.5 billion people around the world in the next 10 years.

Our success absolutely depends on our people. While getting ahead of disease together is about our ambition for patients and shareholders, it's also about making GSK a place where people can thrive. We want GSK to be a place where people feel inspired, encouraged and challenged to be the best they can be. A place where they can be themselves - feeling welcome, valued and included. Where they can keep growing and look after their wellbeing.So, if you share our ambition, join us at this exciting moment in our journey to get Get Ahead Together .


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