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Expert Scientist - Virology/Vaccine Design

Rockville, Maryland
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Sep 21, 2021

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Site Name: USA - Maryland - Rockville Posted Date: Aug 4 2021 The Virology group in Preclinical R&D at the US Research and Development Center, GSK Vaccines, is responsible for identifying and designing the target antigens for vaccine candidates, developing assays to evaluate vaccine efficacy, and understanding the interactions between viruses and innate immune responses. We are looking for a highly motivated virologist with a proven record in using classical and cutting edge technologies to provide expertise in vaccine development for GSK projects. Responsibilities: To provide expertise in the areas of virology and immunology to guide the selection of new target antigens for vaccine design. Characterization of antigen expression from various vaccine platforms by flow cytometry, western blot, etc. Implementation of new technologies to help drive vaccine development Provide virology expertise to GSK vaccine projects Provide effective and inspiring leadership with an enterprise mindset, ensuring support to professional development and qualification of staff Possesses strong scientific leadership to enable collaboration with key scientific internal and external stakeholders. Publish in peer reviewed journals Supervise students and junior lab personnel as needed Why you? Basic Qualifications: We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals: PhD degree in life sciences with at least 3 years of experience in a related biotechnology field or Masters with at least 5 years of experience in a related biotechnology field Knowledgeable in the fields of virology, innate immunity and viral interactions with the host Experience in viral antigen identification and design Knowledgeable in the latest bioinformatics tools to identify and design antigens to elicit antibody and T-cell responses Experience in sequence alignments of viral genomes utilizing various public databases. Strong track-record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, with at least 3 first author research manuscripts Basic skills in statistical analysis Fluency in English, spoken and written Preferred Qualifications: If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus: Prior experience with RNA viruses or viral-vector based vaccine platforms is preferred Demonstrate a detailed fundamental knowledge in molecular virology and immunology as they apply to vaccine discovery and development. Have practical knowledge in molecular cloning, molecular and biological characterization, virus-host interactions, or viral pathogenesis. Demonstrate willingness to spend ~70% of one's time in the research laboratory Have the ability to understand, interpret, and communicate complex scientific data to determine next steps Be comfortable conversing with opinion leaders regarding highly technical information Be a self-starter able to handle multiple projects concurrently Possess a good balance of creativity and analytical thinking faculties Display an ability to be productive and successful in an intense work environment as a Team Player 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 #LI-GSK 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. 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