Senior Scientist/Scientist, Open to flexible working

Location
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Salary
£Competitive
Posted
03 Sep 2020
Closes
17 Sep 2020
Ref
262054
Contract Type
Permanent

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 within GSK's Medicine Design group, part of a state-of-the-art and world-leading R&D Facility. The department is dedicated to the discovery of novel and effective biopharmaceutical medicines. We comprise a number of 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.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated Antibody Discovery Scientist. The role will be lab-centric and will involve the identification and optimisation of antibodies using techniques for identifying and engineering variants to optimise antibody quality and function, using cutting edge yeast-based and phage display techniques. Therefore you would gain experience and hone your skills as an antibody engineer in a dynamic team of experts working at the early stages of developing world class future medicines. You would also gain exposure to other innovative technologies in use within the team such as B cell sorting, screening and NGS. Although predominantly lab-based, the role also involves important aspects of verbal and written communication and working within matrix teams across the department on therapeutic antibody programmes.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Identification and optimisation of antibodies using techniques for designing and engineering variants to optimise antibody quality and function within the laboratory.
  • Using yeast-based and phage-display selection technologies, in addition to B-cell sorting and NGS capabilities.
  • As it is lab-based it will also involve important aspects of verbal and written communication, requiring good organisation, as well as a broader scientific knowledge.
  • Both individual and team working are required.
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal skills and enjoying working in a collaborative manner.

Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday 15th September 2020 (COB)

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Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • BSc/MSc in life sciences or equivalent.
  • Good analytical and data interpretation skills with the ability to troubleshoot.
  • Good experimental write-up & verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with lab instrumentation.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new scientific areas.
  • Effective team working skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work across multiple projects simultaneously.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Lab-based work experience with PCR, sequence analysis, cloning.
  • Antibody discovery techniques based on yeast, phage, hybridoma and B-cell platforms.
  • Protein Engineering, such as Directed Evolution and Library-based Engineering.
  • FACS cytometry.
  • NGS experience.

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.

At GSK, we're a company with a special purpose, to help people do more feel better and live longer. Realising our purpose starts with us. When we feel at our best, we perform at our best.When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living GSK's values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. And in return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive. Put simply, it's about you being motivated to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing. Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers.

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.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, 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*(*US only).

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. 

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