Translational Science Leader

Rockville, Maryland
Feb 13, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Jobseeker Type
Organization Type
Translational Science Project Leader is accountable for translating complex questions related to a vaccine or technology project into a set of preclinical or clinical activities designed to provide actionable results (e.g. to support understanding of the mode of action, correlate of protection, persistence, reactogenicity & safety signals, target population specificities, micro-environment), which will help the company to design new/improved vaccines and to address the questions from our stakeholders (RA, payors, ..)

  • Understand vaccine/technology project needs on complex/transversal questions related to the understanding of i) the mode of action, ii) correlate of protection, iii) persistence, iv) reactogenicity & safety signals, v) target population specificities (e.g. immuno-senescence), v) micro-environment…
  • Design a feasible pathway to address such transversal questions together with project team and key stakeholders in the R&D Center (e.g. Discovery Project Leaders (DPL), Preclinical R&D (PRD), Clinical R&D (CRD), including Clinical Research and Development Leads (CRDL), and also Clinical Evidence Generation (CEG) (including Biostats, Clinical Readout Teams, Clinical Lab Sciences & Data management).
  • Establish recommendations on translational activities (what, how & priority level) for endorsement by the appropriate Governance.
  • Support PRD, CEG, CRDLs or external collaborators in the implementation of the prioritized translational activities.
  • Build a consolidated and integrated answer addressing project team questions from the multiple pieces of evidence that are generated in CEG, PRD & external collaborations.
  • Organize periodic retrospective review of the actionability & relevance of the translational science activities that have been conducted (continuous improvement).
  • Identify and establish external collaborations that will enable/facilitate the delivery of scientific evidence supporting the prioritized translational objectives.
  • Identify and leverage sources of external funding aligned with prioritized translational objectives.
  • Ensure internal (Vaccines, Pharma, Consumer Health) and external dissemination of the translational science generated within the company.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • PhD, MD or DVM
  • Experience in biological science, including Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biomarkers, Systems Immunology)
  • Experience in Big data technologies and quantitative data analysis.
  • Industry Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Leadership in cross-functional teams - credibility within the organization, especially in the interactions with Lead VDLs/VDLs, DPLs, CRDLs, PRD & CEG Leaders, and corporate governance bodies.
  • Credibility outside the organization when interacting with regulatory agencies & external collaborators
  • Ability to follow rapid technological evolutions and to zoom in/zoom out when consolidating different pieces of evidence to address complex problem
  • Must have excellent networking and stakeholder management skills and leadership experience within a matrix organization

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:
  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.
  • High level of complexity, requiring a combination of analytical capacity, scientific knowledge and ability to cope with rapid technological evolution


*This is a job description to aide in the job posting, but does not include all job evaluation details.

If you require an accommodation or other assistance to apply for a job at GSK, please contact the GSK Service Centre at 1-877-694-7547 (US Toll Free) or +1 801 567 5155 (outside US).

GSK is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, in the US, we adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Important notice to Employment businesses/ Agencies

GSK does not accept referrals from employment businesses and/or employment agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site. All employment businesses/agencies are required to contact GSK's commercial and general procurement/human resources department to obtain prior written authorization before referring any candidates to GSK. The obtaining of prior written authorization is a condition precedent to any agreement (verbal or written) between the employment business/ agency and GSK. In the absence of such written authorization being obtained any actions undertaken by the employment business/agency shall be deemed to have been performed without the consent or contractual agreement of GSK. GSK shall therefore not be liable for any fees arising from such actions or any fees arising from any referrals by employment businesses/agencies in respect of the vacancies posted on this site.

Please note that if you are a US Licensed Healthcare Professional or Healthcare Professional as defined by the laws of the state issuing your license, GSK may be required to capture and report expenses GSK incurs, on your behalf, in the event you are afforded an interview for employment. This capture of applicable transfers of value is necessary to ensure GSK's compliance to all federal and state US Transparency requirements. For more information, please visit GSK's Transparency Reporting For the Record site.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs