Lab Head, Microbiology

Basic qualifications:

PhD in Microbiology, virology, molecular biology, cell biology or other infectious diseases and vaccinology related discipline

At least 5 years of experience in Vaccines Research in an industrial setting and people management responsibilities

Preferred qualifications:

PhD with postdoctoral training is preferred.

  • Good knowledge and understanding of GSK Vaccines strategy and objectives, regulatory requirements, as well as competition intelligence and intellectual property aspects. Ability to integrate this knowledge in decisions and recommendations.
  • Excellent people management and communication skills, need to appropriately manage the interfaces with Project Teams (discovery, development, life cycle management), Preclinical, Technical Development, Clinical, Regulatory, Medical Affairs, Global Patents, Legal, Business Development
  • Fluency in English
  • Able to efficiently manage uncertainty, changes in priority and timeline restrictions.


We are seeking several motivated Vaccine Scientists for our new U.S. R&D Center in Rockville, Maryland. You will have the opportunity to be on the ground floor of a new organization and site, and you will be part of a new culture of some of the best scientific minds in vaccine research.

Job Purpose:

  • Lead team of microbiologists, cell biologists, and molecular biologists to design and develop methods and assays for the discovery and characterization of vaccine antigens, and support platform technology development

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership of the laboratory, ensuring support to professional development and qualification of staff , while reinforcing wellbeing within the organization
  • Ensures the team is up to date and use cutting edge technologies and ideas to deliver best preclinical expertise to vaccine projects in discovery, development and life cycle management, according to R&D priorities
  • Ensure that the objectives of the team are in line with R&D and business priorities
  • Represent the team at early/discovery Project Teams and/or Technical Teams to ensure that the laboratory meet the project team’s expectations
  • Provide input to the DPU in order to identify, evaluate and select new projects for the future.
  • Strong scientific leadership to ensure interface with key scientific external stakeholders or interactions with external partner in the context of outsourcing of activities or collaborative research studies.
  • Enable collaboration with other Preclinical Platform members and foster synergies with equivalent team leaders at other RDC through sharing of knowledge, expertise and best practices
  • Provide expert supports to other preclinical teams, but also IP and regulatory in the context of filing of patents, regulatory documents and submission of manuscripts to peer reviewed journals
  • Supervise PhD students and/or postdoctoral fellows.

Contact information:

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