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Post-Doc Research Associate

Rockville, Maryland
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Dec 1, 2022

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Are you seeking an opportunity where you can lead through influence using your technical expertise and contribute to the development of potential new vaccines? If so, the Post-Doc Research Associate role on could be an exciting opportunity to explore!

As a Post-Doc Research Associate in Drug Product Development, you will be working on the Advanced Structural Characterization of mRNA and its delivery vehicle. In particular, the goal of this post-Doctoral role will be focused on understanding the structure and morphology of mRNA vaccines and the lipid nanoparticle (LNP) delivery system by using advanced techniques that are not typically used in an analytical characterization panel, or techniques for which methods are not yet available. Clearly RNA-based vaccines have proven to be a rapid modality to produce vaccines with shorter development timelines compared to more traditional vaccines. You will have exposure to this novel, yet highly impactful, modality to develop vaccines and understand the fundamentals of structure and particle formation. You will be expected to propose ideas, design experiments, and execute them, and apply the knowledge you have gained from your PhD and previous experiences. Besides the opportunity to deeply understand the morphology of mRNA/LNP delivery vehicle and finding information not previously known, you will have the opportunity to learn about Drug Product vaccine development by working with a team of excellent scientists dedicated to deliver vaccines to patients who need them. Excellent communication skills and being technically adept are key elements to succeed in this role.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • PhD in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biomaterials, chemistry, physics, or related field
  • Experience characterizing biomolecules, polymers, colloids
  • Experience with scattering techniques (SANS, SAXS, SLS, DLS) and other biophysical tools

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Experience with cryo-EM, spectroscopy techniques to characterize biomolecules
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to deal with complexity, strong problem-solving and self-directional abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & ability to explain complex subjects to non-expert audiences.
  • Knowledge of polymer physics
  • Coding and/or modelling skills
  • Familiar with vaccine development, mRNA LNP vaccines

To be successful in the role, this person must have the ability to understand, interpret, and communicate complex scientific data; must be comfortable conversing with opinion leaders regarding highly technical information; must be a self-starter able to handle multiple projects concurrently; possess a good balance of creative, analytical, and strong communication skills; ability to be productive and successful in an intense work environment and he/she must be a Team Player.

Please use a cover letter to highlight how you fit the applicant profile and meet the skills and competencies for the role. Your cover letter along with your CV will be used to assess your application.

Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader inConsumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we're making the biggestchanges we've made to our business in over 20 years.We're on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022:New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and geneticsscience; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands.​

With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent, and technology to get ahead of diseasetogether - all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; andas a new GSK where outstanding people thrive.​

Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culturethat isambitious for patients- so we deliver what matters better and faster;accountable for impact- with clear ownership ofgoals and support to succeed; andwhere we do the right thing. So, if you're ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at thisexciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.​

*This is a job description to aide in the job posting, but does not include all job evaluation details.


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 organisation 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.

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