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analytical chemistry



Research & Development - Drug Design and Selection - Discovery Cell Engineer


A little about GSK:

We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare products. These help millions of people around the world do more, feel better and live longer.

Our commercial success depends on creating innovative products and making these accessible to as many people who need them as possible. By achieving this, we will be able to grow our business and provide benefits to patients, consumers, society, our employees and our shareholders. We have a significant global commercial presence in more than 150 markets, a network of 84 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.


Drug Design and Selection within GSK:

Drug Design and Selection (DDS) supports the therapeutic areas within GSK contributing to the discovery of new medicines through the collaborative identification of disease-linked targets and the selection of molecules for future drug development. We are responsible for delivering scientific expertise and specific platform capabilities to ensure that GSK is able to deliver the best modality and molecules, for development, in a particular disease area. Within DDS, there are a number of lines which support this process, working with the therapeutic areas to design and deliver the high quality molecules which are necessary for successful clinical evaluation.


Is the Future Leader Programme for you?

Not only do we want to find the right candidate, we want you to choose a scheme that’s right for you.

Our Future Leaders Programmes are for those who aspire to be leaders, inspire others and relish some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges. Our values are: patient focus, integrity, respect for people and transparency and they will guide you throughout your work.

We invest heavily in your personal development to prepare you for a career as a leader through regular discussions with your line manager and support from a wide network of colleagues but you are still the driver of your development. You will also have continuous training where 70% is on-the-job, 20% is through developmental relationships and 10% is through formal training and educational courses.


What to expect on the Drug Design and Selection Future Leader Programme:

You will be a full-time, permanent employee with the same competitive benefits as other new starters at GSK. Within the first 3 years of your career at GSK, you will undertake 3 rotations within DDS. These rotations will provide you with the knowledge, technical capability and confidence to be highly successful in the position and beyond. During this time you will have the opportunity to interact with other graduates for training and networking events. You will undertake a number of core training and personal development courses to quickly bring you up to speed with GSK values and expectations.

Discovery Cell Engineering Scientist

This role is UK-based and sits within Protein, Cellular and Structural Sciences - a line within DDS that design, generate and validate biological reagents for early discovery activities across different disease indications using a wide variety of technologies; including molecular biology, modular expression systems, protein biochemistry, and cellular engineering. In addition to providing quality biological reagents to enable lead discovery, we are building capabilities to deliver novel human disease relevant platforms to downstream discovery efforts that ultimately will improve our understanding of the role of the biological target, domain and pathway. This demands cellular platforms with greater flexibility and higher throughput for the delivery of a wide range of complex reagent modalities across multiple therapeutic areas.


A day in the life of a Protein, Cellular and Structure Sciences Future Leader:

  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of transformational technologies with a goal of discovering novel therapeutics.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative complex human cellular model systems; including induced pluripotent stem cell technology and genome editing strategies to support progression of portfolio assets.
  • Seek and interact with external and internal experts/stakeholders to evaluate, implement and industrialise novel 3D models/organoid culture platforms aligned across therapeutic areas.
  • Apply a wide range of downstream methods to enable validation of cellular models to include flow cytometry, next generation sequencing, confocal microscopy, digital droplet PCR, RNA sequencing, single cell biology
  • Contribute and take a role in defining strategy and success in this area.
  • Deliver high quality data to enable early decision making for target/compound progression.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • An innovative mind and the ability to solve problems.
  • Resilience. It’s important that you can adapt to change and keep focused when the pressure is on.
  • An ability to assimilate information and prioritise even outside their area of expertise.
  • Desire to interact with different parts of the business. A team player who actively collaborates with others.
  • Ability to interpret information and a passion for developing medicines.
  • Understanding of the importance of quality.
  • Interest in Cell Biology and Biological Sciences.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or an industrially-focused project in the field of Biology.
  • If you have, or expect to obtain in 2018, an MSc (2:1 or better) or PhD in cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, or a related subject.

Before you apply:

Our Future Leader Programme is passionate about developing local leadership capabilities for local countries so it is vital you have eligibility to live and work in the country for which you are applying.

Please note that candidates need to be available to attend a 2-day assessment centre in London, UK.



GSK is committed to empowering employees and creating an inclusive and diverse environment because it shows that we value and respect all contributions. It is good for business because it brings different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles to GSK.

Our recruitment decisions are based on selecting the best person for the job, regardless of gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.