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Associate Scientist - Nucleic Acid Vaccines

Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Dec 1, 2022

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Health Sciences, Drug Development, Vaccine Research
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type
Are you energized by a challenging role in biology, where scientific demand is driving team growth? If so, this Associate Scientist role would be a great opportunity to consider.

The global Nucleic Acids Vaccines Center of Excellence team (Technical Research & Development, GSK Vaccines) is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced, and motivated Scientist with a strong understanding and experience in nucleic acid research to contribute to the success of the GSK messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine platform.

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

  • Be a key member of a team of talented professionals to drive mRNA vaccine platform technology development in a highly competitive landscape.
  • Apply deep knowledge in nucleic acid research to improve process development of RNA vaccine platforms.
  • Independently carry out and document experiments, interpret data, and maintain good scientific process.
  • Partner with diverse team members from various functions, multiple countries, and members at various levels in organization.
  • Prepare oral and written reports to communicate scientific findings and to support project documentation and CMC submissions.
  • Comply with data integrity requirements for laboratory work.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Virology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or a related scientific field.
  • BSc with 4+ years of experience or MS with 2+ years of experience.
  • Experience in nucleic acid synthesis, optimization, and quality control.
  • Have strong track record in nucleic acid research (publications and/or regulatory/patent filings).

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.
  • Communicate effectively with regular verbal and formal updates to project teams and management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an eagerness to work with and support colleagues in a cross-functional collaborative environment
  • Familiar with large-scale plasmid DNA and RNA synthesis.
  • Working experience with gene therapies or specifically mRNA-based vaccines or therapeutics.
  • Broad understanding of overall process development and analytical development activities required for CMC support.
  • Familiar with plasmid design and optimization.
  • Experience and understanding in nucleic acid analytical technologies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Quality by Design, as applied to biologics from an early stage, would be an advantage.

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 is ambitious for patients - so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact - with clear ownership ofgoals and support to succeed; and where 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.​



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