Senior Scientist - Cell Biologist/Bioengineer, Open to flexible working

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Stevenage, Hertfordshire
03 Apr 2021
19 Apr 2021
Contract Type

GlaxoSmithKline is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company that combines both individual talent and technical resources to support our mission to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

We are seeking a highly productive and motivated cell biologist to support our efforts of building translationally relevant cellular models.

The successful candidate would join the Complex In Vitro Models (CIVM) team within In Vitro In Vivo translation (IVIVT) department in GSK's research organization in Stevenage (UK). The CIVM group closely collaborates with the various research units globally in GSK, and the scientist will have the opportunity to work in Immunology based diseases, as well as other disease areas and with platform groups. CIVMs mission is to improve the predictive and translational value of preclinical models using state of the art technology with, organ on chip, organoids and 3D bioprinting.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and apply complex in vitro assays mainly microphysiological systems (MPS), and organ-on-a-chip approaches for Immunology, Oncology, immuno-oncology, respiratory, liver and/or gut models .These models are expected to be immune competent and can be used in the early profiling of drug candidates (small or large molecule and cell therapy), for drug efficacy, safety and PK/PD models across different disease areas.
  • Responsible for designing and conducting in vitro experimental activities, independently execute laboratory experiments, apply advanced data analysis to address molecular and cellular aspects of the model in combination with imaging technologies.
  • Work in a matrix team to ensure optimal delivery of project and department objectives to the highest possible scientific standard.
  • Responsible for developing and managing one or more external CIVM collaborations.

Closing Date for Applications: 19th April 2021 (COB)

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Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • PhD in organ on chip development, microphysical systems or microfluidics (candidates with MSc degree plus comparable industry experience in the field would be considered as well).
  • Extensive knowledge in biology, bioengineering and translational science.
  • A track record of clear, concise and effective communication to program teams and preparation and delivery of oral presentations and posters for internal/external audiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a broad range of cell biology and cellular engineering technologies. Articulate testable hypotheses, process and assess complex data sets, draw conclusions, make data-driven decisions and develop further insights.
  • Strong inter-personal skills and expected to role model GSK Expectations.
  • Proven ability to independently prioritise, organise and execute multiple tasks concurrently.
  • A track record of identifying experimental or process issues and to effectively implement solutions for improvement.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Experience with multiple microfluidic platforms that are plate or PDMS based.
  • Good understanding of Organ on Chip concept and familiarity with the field.
  • Experience in developing complex multicellular tumor models with immune cells.
  • Experience working with healthy and/or diseased adult organoid cultures is of great advantage but not a requirement/necessary.
  • Pharma or industry 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.

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