We are seeking a highly motivated Scientific Director to work on new treatments to address the threat of infectious diseases by joining our growing Infectious Diseases Research Unit (IDRU) in Upper Providence, PA (GSK’s US R&D Hub). The IDRU is one of the Research Units within GSK’s R&D organization and is responsible for the discovery of novel approaches and targets to treat human infectious diseases and progressing them to early clinical development studies. The Research Unit has an impactful portfolio of projects in Hepatitis B, bacterial infections and viral respiratory infections (including COVID-19), as well as collaborations with Vir Biotechnology and 23andMe.
In this leadership role, you will assume immediate responsibility for an existing and growing biology team. You will work in a multidisciplinary, collaborative and scientifically driven environment, interacting with scientists across the Research Unit and the broader R&D organization. Your demonstrated expertise in virology, coupled with an understanding of host response to infection and immunology, will enable you and your team to identify innovative approaches to address infectious diseases by progressing a portfolio of host targets and research projects in this area.
As a leader you will be expected to interact productively and in an enterprise fashion with teams across the Research Unit as well as with partners in Human Genetics, Functional Genomics and the Molecular Design teams at GSK and our external alliance partners such as Vir (link to recent announcement). The role will also involve establishing external collaborations and representing the organization externally. To this end, you will need to be a strong communicator and able to work and drive positive collaborative interactions with your peers and encourage similar behaviors in your team.
This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include the following…
Managing a team of scientists to identify, validate and progress novel host targets for the treatment and prevention of viral infections.
Leading drug discovery projects from conception to candidate selection and beyond by defining the critical path, timelines, Go/No Go decision points, and determining resource requirements.
Participating in the evaluation of novel targets and opportunities emerging from collaborations and business development activities.
Accountability for the development and mentoring of scientists within the reporting line.
Building and fostering relationships across groups in the Research Unit and contributing to the strategic direction of the Research Unit.
Engaging the external scientific community through building a network of key opinion leaders, participating in scientific conferences and publishing papers.
Developing the company’s intellectual property portfolio by supporting the preparation and filing of patent applications.
Ensuring quality and compliance with GSK values and policies.
Fostering a culture of scientific rigor and continuous improvement in line with the Innovation Performance and Trust (IPT) strategy at GSK.
We are looking for professionals with these required qualifications to achieve our goals:
Ph.D. in virology or a related discipline with at least eight years of postdoctoral research experience in academia or industry.
Track-record of scientific innovation as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations or patents.
Experience in researching host-virus interactions and the human immune response to viral infection.
Experience managing a team of 3 to 5 full-time scientists, including Ph.D. level scientists, supporting multiple projects.
Expertise in identifying and advancing preclinical targets, performing peer review and engaging internal and external partners.
Experience of implementing new scientific approaches, innovative technologies and experimental techniques.
Having the following qualifications would be advantageous:
Over 10 years of postdoctoral research experience.
Therapeutics research experience, ideally in a pharmaceutical industry setting.
Expertise in respiratory viruses such as influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, human rhinovirus and coronaviruses.
Demonstrated understanding of the drug discovery process, including the ability to implement progression paths, define evaluation cascades and integrate clear decision-making criteria.
Experience in leading multi-disciplinary project teams.
Ability to foster a culture of innovation, teamwork, performance and trust.
Capable of leading and developing a team of biologists with a breadth in skills (such as microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, gene editing, cell culture, in vivo model systems, and in vitro/ex vivo translational studies).
Experience in making decisions around the progression of novel targets and molecules by integrating biology with clinical need and feasibility, competition, commercial opportunity, and return on investment.
Existing network of academic collaborators and CROs.
Strong self-motivation, capable of multi-tasking but with attention to detail, working on multiple projects in different phases of research, and delivering on objectives on time and to budget.
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:
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.