Future Leaders Program - Vaccines Research & Development

Basic qualifications:

  • Completion of MS, PhD degree in a scientific discipline (ie: biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology) by June 2017
  • Possess no more than 2 years of professional experience in the related pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries
  • Masters, PhD: maximum 2 years professional experience after your graduation
  • Post-Doc fellows: maximum 2 years after completion of your PhD
  • Must be eligible to work in the US at the time of, and for the duration of employment. Employees will be required to furnish evidence of US work authorization. Applicant must NOT require future sponsorship for an employment visa status.
  • Willingness to work internationally is required. Ability to be mobile and spend up to 12 months abroad during the program is required.
  • 3.0 GPA or above

Preferred qualifications:

  • Candidate with a professional degree in Medicine (MD/PhD), Public Health or Business (MBA/PhD)
  • Previous research experience in either the industry or university setting
  • Previous work experience in related pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries, especially with Vaccine development
  • Candidate with working knowledge of French


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a world-leading pharmaceutical company with a mission to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. We employ 100,000 people in over 115 countries, and our work covers three main areas: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.

Our scientists look for new ideas and solutions to develop vaccine candidates, improve vaccines that already exist and make them accessible to the people who need them most, regardless of where they live. Currently, GSK has over 30 licensed vaccines and about 15 vaccine candidates in development, including those targeting malaria, HIV and tuberculosis as well as the potential Ebola vaccine.

What will the program be like?

The Future Leaders Program suits graduates who want a career with real purpose. It’s an accelerated development program that equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes to move quickly into senior positions at GSK. Participants benefit from a rich variety of structured training, individual mentoring, and opportunities to experience different aspects of the business. From the start, our challenging rotations will help you deliver the standards of excellence that we’d expect from a future leader.

During the two-year Future Leaders Program you will gain a broad and insightful experience of GSK’s vaccines R&D business and the groundbreaking science shaping the organization. The program involves four rotations within different R&D departments, including one abroad. Rotations are chosen to give you the skills, experience and perspective required to succeed in the target leadership position you will step into at the end of the program. Typically, the rotations include time in a hands-on project management role helping to direct the development of a new vaccine, and an external facing position where you will have direct customer contact with healthcare professionals and patients. You will also have the opportunity to see science in action in our labs and learn about the risk and compliance side of vaccine production.

The programme follows the 70:20:10 learning principle: 70% of your learning takes place on the job during your rotations, 20% is the support you’ll receive from a senior leader who will be your mentor throughout the program, and the remaining 10% comprises formal leadership training sessions.

What do I need to succeed?

Our Future Leaders need ambition, commercial awareness and a self-motivated, proactive approach. We’re looking for clear, effective communicators who can quickly build a rapport with a wide range of people. It’s also important that you can adapt to change and keep focused when the pressure is on. While you have the drive and confidence to trust your own judgement, you’re a real team player who actively collaborates with others. In addition, you’ll need an analytical mind, a talent for multi-tasking and the ability to influence others.

We are looking for candidates who can make outstanding long-term contributions to our organization.

The ideal candidates are driven, curious and can easily build relationships with others; easily adapt to different situations and environments, learn fast, are proactive, result-oriented and driven by challenges and, most importantly, share GSK Values and Expectations.

The benefits of working at GSK Vaccines include innovative projects, passionate people and a truly global business atmosphere. At GSK we provide a supportive working environment, and a range of development challenges and opportunities. We also offer competitive benefits and compensation packages designed to attract and to retain the very best.

Contact information:

You may apply for this position online by selecting the Apply now button.

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