Biopharm Drug Discovery Team lead, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
02 Apr 2021
30 Apr 2021
Contract Type

Antibody Pharmacology at GSK comprises a team of 20+ assay scientists, immunologists and biologists who conduct functional assay design, screening and characterisation of potential antibody-based drug molecules. The team is an integral part of the Biopharmaceutical Molecular Discovery organisation that is responsible for the discovery of candidate biologics across several Therapeutic Areas including Immuno-oncology, Immuno-Inflammation and Infectious Diseases.

We are seeking an experienced Team Leader with a laboratory research background in immunology. The incumbent will lead a small team of scientists in designing, validating, and performing various in vitro immunological and biological assays in the drug discovery processes. The incumbent will be expected to act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in immune cell functions and be accountable for leading a team in optimizing standard assays and developing bespoke new functional assays which producing critical decision-making data for Biopharm discovery. Expertise in infectious disease biology will be a significant advantage.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage, and develop a small team of scientists to develop assay capabilities in screening and profiling antibodies
  • Demonstrate scientific leadership through acting as a Subject Matter Expert in Immunology, especially with an emphasis in infectious disease area; Stay abreast of the latest literature and developments in the field; Be accountable for establishing the most suitable in vitro functional assays that enable the selection of potential therapeutics
  • Depending on past experiences, may contribute to Drug Discovery Project Team as Programme Lead or Line Function Lead. Contribute to cross-function project teams by providing leadership in complex biological assay development and the elucidation of MoAs
  • When suitable, participate in relevant technology projects that optimise/modernise the antibody drug discovery process
  • Publish and present both internally and externally

Basic Qualifications

  • Phd or equivalent in relevant subject, immunology or infectious disease preferred
  • 8+ years post graduate experience in laboratory research and with a track record of achievement (publications, patents, career progression)
  • Deep knowledge and past hands-on experiences in various laboratory techniques related to immune cell functions
  • Proven track record in identifying and implementing new lab technologies/research initiatives
  • Highly motivated self-starter with demonstrated management skills, experience in managing people in a lab setting
  • Effective team player with excellent people and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Drug discovery experience in Immune related diseases or infectious diseases is highly desirable
  • Experience and knowledge in antibody based-drug discovery

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