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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Expert Scientist – mRNA Vaccines



Full Time

On Site


Rockville, Maryland, United States

Site Name: USA - Maryland - Rockville
Posted Date: Jun 16 2022

Are you energized by a challenging role in biology, where scientific demand is driving team growth? If so, this Expert Scientist role would be a great opportunity to consider.

The Nucleic Acids Vaccines Center of Excellence global team within Technical Research & Development, GSK Vaccines is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated Scientist with a strong understanding and experience in nucleic acid research. Located in Rockville, Maryland, the position will 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 global team of talented professionals to design and characterize mRNA vaccine candidates, and support platform technology development in a highly competitive landscape.
  • Apply deep knowledge in nucleic acid research to drive development & optimization of a clinical & commercial manufacturing processes for the mRNA and DNA.
  • Work both independently and as a member of cross-functional teams of CMC scientists on high impact and visibility vaccine programs to develop RNA and DNA production strategies that meets project timeline and quality requirement.
  • Research literature databases, evaluate novel technologies, and design technical studies to meet RNA vaccine platform development needs. Support licensing activities.
  • Independently carry out and document experiments, interpret data, and maintain good scientific process.
  • Prepare oral and written reports to communicate scientific findings and to support project documentation and CMC submissions.

Why you?Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, or a related scientific field.
  • MS with 6+ years of experience or PhD with 2+ years of experience
  • Have strong track record in nucleic acid research (publications and/or regulatory/patent filings).
  • Experience in nucleic acid synthesis, optimization and quality control.
  • Experience in nucleic acid sequencing and next-generation sequencing.

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.
  • Must be detail oriented; possess problem solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Must possess good communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an eagerness to work with and support colleagues in a cross-functional collaborative environment.
  • Familiar with large-scale DNA and RNA synthesis.
  • Hands-on experience with nucleic acid sequencing.
  • Familiar with plasmid design and optimization.
  • Experience and understanding in nucleic acid analytical technologies.
  • Hands-on experience with bioreactor systems
  • Working experience with gene therapies or specifically mRNA-based vaccines or therapeutics.
  • Ability to efficiently manage uncertainty, changes in priority and timeline restrictions
  • Broad understanding of overall process development and analytical development activities required for CMC support.
  • 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 in Consumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the biggest changes 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 genetics science;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 disease together– all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as 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 culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals 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 this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together.​

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