GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK)

Senior Investigator in Antibody Technologies section

GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK)

Stevenage, United Kingdom

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company that combines both individual talent and technical resources to create a platform for the delivery of strong growth in a rapidly changing healthcare market. Our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Biopharm Discovery is a department dedicated to the discovery of novel and effective biopharmaceutical medicines. This department comprises several complementary functions focused on the progression of a portfolio of biopharmaceuticals from initial antibody discovery, expression and characterisation to molecular engineering and biological and physiochemical profiling.

Within the Biopharm Discovery unit, the Antibody Technologies group is looking for an innovative scientist with a strong background in the field of antibody drug discovery and development to identify, evaluate and embed state-of-the-art and next generation human antibody technologies identified through business development partnerships, academic collaborations and internal research.

The successful candidate will report to the Head of Antibody Technologies. You will be expected to play a role in developing and executing the strategy of the group, and lead technology development initiatives that can encompass any aspect of therapeutic antibody development from antibody discovery through to clinical candidate. You will have a unique opportunity to work with world-class scientific experts to transition innovation into first-in-class or best-in-class antibodies for multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, immunology, and infectious disease.

Key responsibilities:

  • Identify and explore new and innovative technologies that can be developed in-house or through external partnerships, to advance our antibody discovery and development processes.
  • Work closely with therapeutic area and research unit heads to develop modalities appropriate for the disease target biology.
  • Manage scientific collaborations with biotech and academic partners.
  • Support business development, due diligence and IP generation. Represent Antibody Technologies and Biopharm Discovery at internal and external scientific meetings.
  • Although this is not intended to be a lab-based role you will be required to design workplans and guide more junior staff and students performing experimental work to validate and implement novel technologies.

We can offer you a collaborative learning environment and the opportunity to develop your career and gain experience across drug discovery. If you share our priorities of innovation, performance and trust and are motivated to contribute towards bringing lifesaving drugs to patients, then we’d love to hear from you.

Closing date for applications: 18th November 2019

During the course of your application you will be requested to complete voluntary information which will be used in monitoring the effectiveness of our equality and diversity policies. Your information will be treated as confidential and will not be used in any part of the selection process.

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Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Ph. D or equivalent degree in Biomedical or Life Sciences with a broad knowledge of immunology, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
  • Relevant postdoctoral experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.

Candidate profile:

  • Proven experience in biopharmaceutical drug discovery and development
  • Experience with diverse antibody discovery platforms such as phage display, yeast-based systems and immunization technologies desirable.
  • Experience in the development of bispecific, multi-specific/multifunctional antibodies, and novel formats would be desirable.
  • Experience in the therapeutic areas of oncology and inflammatory diseases would be advantageous.
  • Proven track record in the evaluation, adoption and implementation of novel, technologies / methods.
  • Able to forge effective business relationships with academic, pharma and biotech partners.
  • Capable of working in multi-disciplinary teams and across therapeutic areas.
  • Able to communicate complete and accurate information while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Reliable and responsible team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills. 
  • Strong “can do” mentality and motivation

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

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We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities. You can either call us on 0808 234 4391, or send an email

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Quote Reference: 222576