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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Vaccines Discovery Project Leader Influenza viruses



Full Time

On Site


Rockville, Maryland, United States

Site Name: USA - Maryland - Rockville, USA - Connecticut - Hartford, USA - Delaware - Dover , USA - Illinois - Chicago, USA - Massachusetts - Waltham, USA - New Jersey - Trenton, USA - Texas - Dallas
Posted Date: Feb 2 2023

Are you a seasoned Virologist willing to work at a high level of complexity, requiring a combination of analytical capacity, scientific knowledge, and leadership in cross-functional teams? If so, this Vaccines Discovery Project Leader Herpes viruses opportunity could be an exciting opportunity to consider.

The Discovery Project Leader (DPL) works on a Director level, and is accountable for driving the evaluation of potential new infectious disease vaccines and/or monoclonal viral targets, with subject matter expertise on herpes viruses, for addressing scientific knowledge gaps through research program to substantially de-risk later investment and for delivering promising candidates to the development stage.

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

  • Accountable for delivering new projects to the development pipeline

  • Accountable for delivering new solutions to support life cycle of existing assets

  • Lead one or more matrix cross-functional teams to evaluate medical need, value proposition and feasibility and to design and execute a research program to address key scientific knowledge gaps

  • Produce Go/No-go recommendations on Discovery programs to governing bodies

  • Ensure high-quality scientific strategy in collaboration with team members

  • Establish key external collaborations to enhance the quality of the programs in partnership with External R&D and BD

  • Apply rigor and discipline to develop and implement harmonized processes and to ensure knowledge management of evaluation content and decisions

Ideally, this role will be located on the US East Coast, but remote working arrangements may be considered for US candidates aligned with the appropriate skill set.

Why You?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • PhD, MD or DVM and postdoctoral training

  • Minimum 5 years of industry experience in Vaccinology, Structural vaccinology, Infectious Diseases, Virology (Herpes viruses)

  • Minimum 5 years of experience across these areas; Experience in the field of infectious diseases (virology, Experience with preclinical R&D, Clinical development, Regulatory processes, process development, intellectual property rights, business development and commercial strategies, Experience in managing high level of complexity, requiring a combination of analytical capacity, scientific knowledge, and Leadership experience in cross-functional teams

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Leadership capabilities and ability to think strategically

  • Ability to work in a matrix organization

  • People management, communication and influencing skills

  • Knowledge of the vaccines business


We’re combining the power of genetic and genomic insights into what causes disease, with the speed and scale of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to make better predictions about who a treatment might work for, and why. We believe this powerful combination of data and technology holds the key to fundamentally transforming medical discovery for the better, improving R&D success rates and shaping how even the most challenging diseases, like neurological conditions and cancer, can be both prevented and treated.

In 2021 we delivered four major product approvals: Cabenuva for HIV, Jemperli for endometrial cancer, Xevudy for COVID-19 and Apretude, our new long-acting medicine for HIV prevention.

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