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Associate Director, Molecular Safety


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Science and Technology



On-Site or Remote

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Competitive salary and benefits

About the Role

*Job description* *Site Name:* UK - Hertfordshire - Stevenage *Posted Date:* Jan 29 2024 *384307 Associate Director, Molecular Safety* This role will be accountable for the application of specialist molecular approaches to generate data to elucidate mechanisms of toxicity, understand species differences, identify novel translational safety biomarkers, and inform project decisions. The successful candidate will conduct laboratory-based studies with emphasis on high fidelity Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Toxicogenomics (including application of gene expression biomarkers), in support of predictive, mechanistic, and translational toxicological investigations for projects in discovery and development. We create a place where people can grow, be their best, be safe, and feel welcome, valued and included. We offer a competitive salary, an annual bonus based on company performance, healthcare and wellbeing programmes, pension plan membership, and shares and savings programme. We embrace modern work practises; our Performance with Choice programme offers a hybrid working model, empowering you to find the optimal balance between remote and in-office work. Discover more about our company wide benefits and life at GSK on our webpage *Life at GSK | GSK* *In this role you will * - Design, setup, initiate and conduct investigative toxicology studies with minimal supervision including sample organization and preparation, data processing and analysis, specialising in Next Generation Sequencing and Toxicogenomics. - Develop and implement cellular assays, perform DNA/RNA isolations (from tissues, primary cells, or cell culture systems) for use with assay formats/techniques (e.g., NGS profiling or Toxicogenomics, including library preparations) for the investigation of mechanisms and translation of organ toxicities and safety risks to the clinic. - Provide high quality data acceptable to appropriate principles of data integrity (DI), including quality control (QC) of study data. - Understand the disease target, and if applicable the therapeutic area, and the programme/project plan and potential safety issues of assigned projects / studies. - Collaborate with all areas involved in the study to optimise study efficiency and quality and coordinate multiple areas of work to meet project goals and timelines. - Prepare study reports and interim summaries within agreed timelines. Demonstrate good judgment at all times; take ownership of issue identification and resolution and immediately report any unexpected finding of toxicological significance according to R&D policy. - Ensure that all relevant colleagues are kept up to date with all information that affects them by clear, concise timely communication, and provide accurate information to study / report tracking system(s). - Participate in collaborations (with internal and external partners) to guide the development and deployment of new molecular / toxicogenomic approaches to improve the efficiency, prediction, mechanistic understanding, and translation of drug safety risks. - Ensure compliance with GSK SOPs and Policies, GLP, and data integrity, safety, and animal welfare guidelines. *Why you?* *Basic Qualifications & Skills:* *We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:* - BSc in a Life-Sciences related field/Biomedical Sciences. - Experience of molecular biology, cellular biology and/or investigative safety/toxicology studies and conduct of these, ideally within a Pharmaceutical or Research Institute setting. - Extensive knowledge of massively parallel sequencing techniques (e.g., ecNGS using Illumina) covering sample preparation, DNA extraction and library preparations, analysis methods and data interpretation along with bio-informatics platforms used to integrate and/or interrogate data to inform mechanism, dose response relationships and in vitro/in vivo translation to humans. - Knowledge of Toxicogenomic techniques covering sample preparation, single cell or tissue analysis methods and data interpretation. - Proficiency with a variety of laboratory techniques including DNA/RNA extraction, Library preparation, Massively Parallel DNA sequencing (possibly with single cell WGS), PCR, Nanostring, and other nucleic acid hybridization and gene expression platforms e.g., Affymetrics microarrays, ELISA, etc. - Excellent written and verbal communication and organisational skills, ideally with evidence of a relevant publication record. - Ability to work routinely across boundaries and establish cross functional matrix teams internally (e.g., NCS, PreClinical Sciences, Projects) and externally. - Familiar with platform data and bioinformatics software and working with data analysts/bioinformaticians to leverage and integrate multi-omics approaches to support toxicological MOA and risk assessment (ideally with ability to code in R or Python) and train others. *Preferred Qualifications & Skills:* *Please note the following skills are not necessary, just preferred, if you do not have them, please still apply:* - PhD in Molecular biology, Cellular biology, Toxicology and/or other related biological science. - Advanced understanding of NGS platform applications to toxicology, including mutagenesis and carcinogenesis, with the potential to support adverse outcome pathways and translation from non-clinical species to humans. - In Toxicogenomics, experience with bio-informatics platforms used to interrogate data to inform mechanisms of toxicity, support adverse outcome pathways, characterise dose response relationships and in vitro/in vivo translation to humans. - Experience advising on investigative safety and/or advanced sequencing/Omics technologies and designing associated studies, ideally across in vitro and in vivo models and species. *Closing Date for Applications – February 12th, 2024 (COB)* Please take a copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available post closure of the advert. 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