14 February 2012

Marie Curie GSK Tres Cantos

 Contacto correo-e:lluis.p.ballell@gsk.com
Marie Curie MedChem PostDoc/Senior Scientist, Tuberculosis Discovery Performance Unit (DPU), DDW. Tres Cantos, Madrid (Spain)

FishForPharma is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network that brings together leading European research groups that have pioneered the use of zebrafish infection models and partners from the Biotech and Pharma sectors that aim to commercialize zebrafish tools for biomedical applications. The project will run for 4 years, starting January 2012. The main objectives of FishForPharma are:
•       To exploit zebrafish as a high-throughput model for human infectious disease research and drug development programmes.
•       To train a new generation of young researchers with multi‐disciplinary skills to introduce zebrafish models into biomedical science and pre-clinical drug screening.

In the context of the FishForPharma network, GSK has a vacancy for an Experienced Researcher.

Basic qualifications:
•       PhD degree or equivalent in Chemistry or related discipline.
•       The candidate must meet the Experienced Researcher FP7 requirements, i.e.:
•       Experienced Researchers must, at the time of recruitment, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. In both cases, they should have less than 5 years of full‐time equivalent research experience at the time of appointment.
•       Full-time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged
•       Capable of organizing own research and publish results in peer reviewed journals in the Chemistry-Biology interface.
•       Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•       FP7 People mobility rules need to be strictly observed. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Preferred qualifications:
•       Previous participation in anti-infective drug discovery projects and/or projects in the Chemistry/Biology interface.
•       Previous post-doctoral experience.
•       Previous experience in liaising with external academic partners in European Consortia.


The Tuberculosis Discovery Performance Unit operates in close partnership with a number of international stakeholders worldwide. The position reports to the TB DPU Manager, and it is expected that the successful candidate will work with external collaborators, scientific consortia, non-for profit organizations and funding agencies (EU and US). As part of these activities, the TB DPU has been recently been awarded an Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) grant in partnership with another 9 academic/Biotech groups in Europe to unravel the potential of Tuberculosis zebrafish infection models for anti-tuberculars drug discovery. The duration of the appointment is of 24 months.

Job Purpose
•       To design and synthesize new chemical entities within a Medchem team and make sure partners are supplied with reference tool compounds (re-synthesis) studies in different embryo and adult TB infection models.
•       To liase with external partners with regard to compound selection and collections of results.
•       To liase with internal (GSK) colleagues to profile the synthesized compounds in a number of drug discovery related assays and participate in compound progression decisions.
•       To coordinate internal (GSK) and external (EU partners) activities and report on progress.

Area of Responsibility
To make sure that:
•       GSK is fully integrated with consortium partners.
•       Timely compound supply to Academics/Biotechs.
•       Data is collected from Academics and learning’s are communicated to internal GSK teams.
•       To document and report to ITN and Consortium Coordinator.

Influence & Communication

• Role requires strong English, scientific and organizational influence skills to secure and align resources.
• Role requires strong influence skills to gain support from the Academic partners, their institution and relevant GSK business partners.

Send your CV and cover letter to:
Ana Palazón: ana.p.palazon@gsk.com

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