GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK)

Senior Scientist Antibody Developability

GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK)

Stevenage, United Kingdom

Senior Scientist Antibody Developability

UK – Hertfordshire – Stevenage

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 Molecular Design and Engineering (MDE) group takes accountability for antibody engineering and developability profiling prior to candidate selection to continuously improve molecule quality and transform discovered leads into potential therapeutics.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic and self-motivated Scientist to join the Developability Modernisation group within MDE. The role will be primarily lab focused. It will involve developing, validating and implementing high throughput methods to rapidly profile large panels of biopharmaceuticals and performing interpretations on the generated data. These activities will focus on predictability of molecule characteristics through the manufacturing process. You will have the opportunity to build capability in automated workflows.

The successful candidate will have experience in protein engineering, expression & purification, preferably with an industrial emphasis. Whilst experience of analytical techniques to characterize proteins, such as mass spectrometry, light scattering, SEC-HPLC, spectroscopy etc. is desired, an understanding of microfluidics would be advantageous. Although predominantly lab-based, the role also involves important aspects of verbal and written communication and requires good organisation as well as a broader scientific knowledge and the ability to collaborate both within and outside of GSK. Both individual and team working are required and therefore the role will suit a scientist with good interpersonal skills, abilities in data analytics and self-motivation.

Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 31st October 2019 COB

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Why you?

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in analytical biochemistry, biochemical engineering, bioprocessing or a related discipline
  • Experience in mammalian protein expression and purification
  • An understanding of screening biopharmaceuticals using analytical methods in a high throughput manner
  • Experience of improving existing and developing novel high throughput methods/assays
  • Use and design of automated solutions to scientific workflows
  • Good understanding of antibody sequence/structure-function relationship
  • Good analytical and data interpretation skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail in experimental setup; capability to multitask and run multiple experiments in parallel, good organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Strong computing skills for data handling, reporting (written & oral) and experimental lab book write-ups
  • Quick adaptability in new scientific areas, working across teams and the use of lab instrumentation
  • Ability to review and assimilate new information effectively

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Previous experience of the R&D environment, biopharmaceutical process development and challenges for laboratory capabilities
  • Experience of automated data analysis and/or visualization software
  • Experience of developing miniaturized assays
  • A strong understanding of microfluidic approaches

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

Operating at pace and agile decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk. Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution. Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning. Sustaining energy and well-being Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations. Budgeting and cost-consciousness

Company Details:

GlaxoSmithKline is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. We discover, make and market life-enhancing products that are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. We have 3 primary areas of business in pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare. We have offices in more than 115 countries, major research centers in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China and an extensive manufacturing network with 87 sites globally. Our three strategic priorities are to grow a diversified global business, deliver products of value, and to simplify our operating model.

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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Quote Reference: 222922