Drug design and selection

Exciting minds with our Future Leaders graduate programme – Drug design and selection

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Discover new medicines that improve lives

Deliver scientific expertise to ensure we develop the best possible medicines and help people do more, feel better, live longer.

We’re looking for Future Leaders in Drug design and selection

Are you a team-focused graduate who’s passionate about developing world-renowned medicines? Join us on this new three-year programme within Protein, cellular and structural sciences (PCSS), part of Drug design and selection (DDS).

Drug design and selection (DDS) supports the therapeutic areas within GSK that contribute to the discovery of new medicines. How? Through the collaborative identification of disease-linked targets and the selection of molecules for future drug development. This function’s scientific expertise and specific platform capabilities help us to deliver the best potential medicines.

The Protein, cellular and structural sciences (PCSS) team designs, generates and validates biological reagents for early discovery activities across different disease indications. Our experts use a wide variety of technologies, including molecular biology, modular expression systems, protein biochemistry, and cellular engineering.

PCSS also builds our capability to deliver novel human disease-relevant platforms to downstream discovery efforts. Ultimately, these will improve our understanding of the role of the biological target, domain and pathway. Success depends on developing cellular platforms with greater flexibility and higher throughput, which enable the delivery of a wide range of complex reagent modalities.

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Develop your leadership potential and career

If you’re a graduate with the talent and ambition to lead others, we’ll help you develop the expertise to become one of our Future Leaders.

Over three years, our Future Leaders graduate programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll have three stretching rotations within the Drug design and selection function, where you’ll be part of a vibrant global scientific community.

Whatever areas you join, you’ll be contributing to multidisciplinary teams that deliver therapeutic strategies to address specific disease areas. Rest assured that you’ll never be far from an expert who can help you to learn, grow and contribute to our business.

As this is a new role, we’re keen to for you to help us tailor and influence the direction of the programme.

Your career progression

We’ll tailor your training and development to suit your talents and ambition, as well as our business needs, setting you up for success in your chosen niche. After you complete our Future Leaders programme, you’ll have the skills to become a technical leader of the future, with a solid foundation for a career within the pharmaceutical industry. There’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.

What can you expect?

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • help to develop complex, innovative human cellular model systems, including induced pluripotent stem cell technology and genome editing strategies
  • help to design and develop transformational technologies with the goal of discovering novel therapeutics
  • work with a range of experts and stakeholders to evaluate, implement and industrialise novel 3D models and organoid culture platforms 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 and single cell biology
  • play a role in defining strategy and success
  • deliver high quality data to help us make early decisions for target and compound progression

What are the requirements?

You’ll need:

  • an MSc (2:1 or better) or PhD in cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering or a related subject
  • an interest in cell biology and biological sciences
  • the ability to assimilate and interpret information
  • an innovative mind and a gift for solving problems
  • the desire to interact with different parts of the business
  • a collaborative and team-focused approach
  • the ability to adapt to change quickly and stay focused under pressure
  • a passion for developing great medicines

How to apply

Apply now to solve tomorrow’s health challenges today – and you could join 100,000 dedicated people in over 150 countries

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