Senior Scientist

    • Collegeville, PA

Site Name: USA - Pennsylvania - Upper Providence
Posted Date: Oct 5 2020
Are you interested in the opportunity to learn and employ cellular models, evaluate drug targets using gene editing and pharmacological tools, and support drug discovery programs? The Senior Scientist in Novel Human Genetics-Neuroscience will support a team in the design and execution of scientific studies for the delivery of novel medicines to treat neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and ALS.

The successful candidate will be inquisitive, eager to learn new methodologies and concepts, and enjoys doing experiments. This is a lab based role with responsibilities to conduct in vitro and ex vivo experiments in preclinical drug discovery projects using cell lines, rodent brain primary cells as well as human iPSC-derived neurons, astrocytes, and microglia. Familiarity and experience with basic cell culture, imaging, biochemical techniques, data analysis using graphical software's is required. The successful candidate will be science driven, and the one who assumes personal accountability, and keen to learn through experience to advance in their career.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include some of the following:

  • Support to establish and validate in vitro cellular models of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation using human iPSC-derived and/or primary rodent neuronal co-cultures
  • Perform experiments using in vitro cellular models to evaluate molecules and/or genetic modifiers (e.g., CRISPR, shRNA) to validate drug discovery targets and/or progress lead optimization projects
  • Conduct experiments according to the guidance using in vitro techniques that may include immunoassays (ELISA, MSD, Quanterix), TaqMan, high-content cell imaging (OperaPhenix), Seahorse, mass spectrometry, confocal microscopy, and RNAseq, among others
  • Responsible for quality study execution, data analysis, result interpretation and reporting.
  • Clearly document study details, results and conclusions in lab notebooks, and communicate in internal meetings.
  • Work collaboratively in matrix team
  • Commit to continual improvement by reading and applying the latest scientific literature, methodologies and technologies.
  • Comply with all standards and practices of data integrity, ethics, and safety.
  • Model GSK's values of patient-focus, respect, transparency, and integrity

Why you?
Basic Qualifications: We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Master of Science degree (Biology, Biotechnology, Neuroscience, Physiology, or related field) with 1-2 years OR Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of relevant research experience
  • Basic cell and molecular biology technical capabilities including prior experience establishing/utilizing in vitro neuronal culture, neuroinflammation, and/or innate immune cellular models
  • Basic knowledge and some prior work experience in neurobiology and/or neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, ALS, Parkinson's disease).

Preferred Qualifications: If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • 2+ years pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry research experience working in matrixed drug discovery project teams
  • Experience in culturing iPS cells including differentiation into neurons, microglia, and astrocytes
  • Experience with basic biochemical techniques
  • Experience developing cell-based assays
  • Experience with high-content imaging
  • Experience with gene editing and in vitro pharmacology studies
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills

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:
  • 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.


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