Director, Computational Biology

    • Stevenage, United Kingdom

Site Name: Stevenage
Posted Date: Mar 19 2020
We are seeking a motivated, innovative and experienced computational biologist to join our expanding team within the Human Genetics department. Candidates should be keen to lead the application of state-of-the-art analysis methods to inform decision making across the GSK pipeline, integrating diverse and complex data types to translate genetic signals into innovative new medicines for patients with unmet medical need.

At the core of GSKs R&D approach is the identification of new medicines by focusing on ways to modulate the immune system, leveraging the vast amounts of human genetic data now being generated and applying cutting edge technologies in functional genomics and machine learning.
Within the Human Genetics team, we leverage scientific and technological advances, including investment in biobanks linked to large-scale human health databases, cutting-edge informatics platforms and integration of biological pathway and functional genomics data to identify novel targets with a high degree of human genetic validation. We continue to evaluate these targets throughout their life in the drug discovery and development pipeline, using genetics and genomics to identify the patients that are most likely to benefit and biomarkers to select these patients and assess efficacy.
The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary, collaborative and scientifically driven environment, interacting with GSK scientists and external collaborators to advance drug discovery and clinical development. This field-leading research addresses important drug discovery and development challenges, directly impacts GSK's R&D pipeline and leads to publications in top scientific journals.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Line manage and develop a team to deliver prioritised projects aligned to the Human Genetics and GSK R&D scientific strategy.
  • Drive novel computational approaches to translate human genetic and genomic evidence to inform target selection and validation decisions, with a focus on immune mechanisms.
  • Shape the developing science of drug target identification and validation by providing scientific leadership to the Research organisation and beyond.
  • Engage with cross-functional project teams and external collaborators to drive innovative use of genetic/genomic data and analyses.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, computational sciences, machine learning or biomedical/biological sciences, plus 6+ years of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary teams and develop junior scientists.
  • Demonstrated experience leading computational biology/bioinformatics teams focused on target identification, genomic data analysis or translational bioinformatics, preferably in the context of drug discovery.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to communicate complex concepts and computational analyses clearly to influence diverse audiences.
  • Sound understanding of statistics and biological concepts, coupled with data science skills to collect, integrate, mine and analyse complex biological data and translate them into testable hypotheses.
  • Proficiency in a programming language (such as R or Python) and a good working knowledge of common bioinformatics databases, resources and tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Demonstrated experience of the analysis and integration of multi-omics data (e.g. transcriptomics, regulatory genomics, proteomics) for disease research.
  • Demonstrated experience of pathway and network methods for the analysis and interpretation of genome-wide genetic or genomic data.
  • Knowledge of machine learning approaches and their application to genetics/genomics.
  • Publication record in peer reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of the drug discovery and development process.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectationsare 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:
  • Agile and distributed decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk
  • Managing individual and team performance.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.
  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.
  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.
  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.


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.

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