GlaxoSmithKline is recognized internationally for its innovative approach to drug discovery and development. Our success is built on the collaboration of multi-disciplinary teams of scientists sharing their ideas and expertise. GSK’s Chemical Development group supports the small molecule portfolio in GSK Pharma R&D with an inter-disciplinary team of chemists, chemical engineers, and materials science experts by developing the synthetic routes and associated manufacturing processes that turn those molecules into medicines. Through our network of 86 manufacturing sites, each year we produce nearly 4 billion packs of medicine and we are committed to widening access to our products so that more people may benefit.
We are seeking a proactive chemist to join Chemical Development at our US R&D Hub located in Upper Providence, PA, in the Philadelphia suburbs. Just 35 miles from Philadelphia International Airport, the Upper Providence site is home to over 3,000 of our R&D staff. With the concentration of such a large number of scientists you will find a culture that inspires innovation and collaboration, emphasizes professional development, and maintains a strong focus on the patients that are at the end of everything we do. The location also benefits from excellent facilities on site and in the surrounding area as well as shuttle services that make the campus accessible via public transportation.
A successful applicant will have an excellent practical and theoretical understanding of synthetic organic chemistry and can design and execute high quality, thoughtful experimentation, while making significant contributions both independently and as a member of a team.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
As a member of Chemical Development, you will use your chemistry knowledge and expertise to develop new chemistry routes for primary manufacture and contribute to the development and deployment of state-of-the-art processes and technologies to enable the delivery of our medicines. This is a highly practical role where you will be working in the R&D laboratories to generate new synthetic routes and process understanding that underpins the successful scale-up and commercial industrialization of GSK’s future manufacturing processes. Your focus will be to combine the information generated in laboratory studies with your strong knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry to develop sustainable pharmaceutical manufacturing routes and processes.
As projects advance through development, pilot plant support may also be required across scales, culminating in the transfer of projects to our commercial manufacturing facilities around the globe. The role is highly technical and dynamic as you will be working in a number of multi-disciplinary project teams. You will thrive in this environment if you are able to effectively manage multiple priorities, communicate your recommendations clearly, and enjoy working in teams.
Subject to approval of reasonable request, GSK are a modern employer and offer flexible working hours and conditions.
Success in this role will require strong interpersonal skils, practical synthetic chemistry skills combined with a curious, inquisitive nature and a passion for working in the laboratory. To enjoy and excel in this position you will need to be genuinely passionate about developing yourself, developing new scientific methodology and learning new things. You will be an excellent team player, able to work with others in the lab as well as within cross-functional teams. You will be highly independent and able to plan and execute your own workload and deliver results without constant supervision. Your experimental results will be of the highest quality. You will be able to clearly, concisely, and effectively communicate your scientific results to audiences of varying scientific background. You will be required to work in a laboratory with an emphasis on safety. Previous experience in mulstistep synthesis of complex organic molecules and your creativity in solving organic chemistry problems will be an asset to you in this role.
We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
When applying for this role, please use the ‘cover letter’ of the online application or your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.
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