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Senior Director - Computational Biology in Oncology

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, US
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May 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Site Name: USA - Pennsylvania - Upper Providence, UK - Hertfordshire - Stevenage, UK - London - Brentford
Posted Date: Nov 1 2021

Computational Biology Senior Director in Oncology

UK or US

Are you energized by a global R&D oncology leadership role that requires strategic thinking, driving real change and extensive internal and external engagement? If so, this Computational Biology Senior Director (Oncology) role for GSK could be an exciting opportunity for you to explore.

GSK's ambition is to become the industry leader in genetically validated targets. A dedicated organization, Human Genetics and Computational Biology (HGCB) has been created to achieve this, harnessing recent scientific advancements with a focus on human-derived data and leveraging external partnerships to translate genetic information to high quality targets, ultimately leading to better medicines with reduced attrition.

This leadership role in the Computational Biology (CB) organization, reporting to the VP, Computational Biology, will have strategic and operational responsibility for an organization specializing in developing methodology to increase GSK's understanding and knowledge across computational biology and genomics in oncology, to drive and accelerate the R&D pipeline.

In this exciting role, you will get the opportunity to:
  • Have single point accountability for developing methodologies to increase GSK's understanding and knowledge in computational biology in oncology to drive and accelerate the R&D pipeline.
  • Lead a computational biology and genomics group focused on oncology
  • Coordinate oncology comp bio across R&D
  • Liaise with other oncology activities in HGCB
  • Lead the development of new Computational Biology methods and implementation of existing ones to create relevant oncology computational pipelines
  • Provide strategic leadership in areas of oncogenomics
  • Work with AIML and relevant Research Units to help deliver the GSK oncology strategy
  • Be a member of the CB Leadership Team and help the strategic development of CB
  • Contribute strategic leadership in areas of CB and HGCB overall
  • Lead several small teams working on oncology CB

Why you?

To be successful in this business-critical role you will require:
  • PhD or MD in Computational Biology or Genomics
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of cancer biology and progression.
  • Solid experience of leading and developing research teams

Personal attributes:
  • Ability to manage budgets and resources.
  • Track record of influencing senior management for resource or financial allocation.
  • Superior communication skills to have honest, truth seeking conversations, rather than being progression seeking.
  • Building trust and teamwork. Use empathetic listening and conflict management resolution skills to show team members how the enterprise goals align with their own interests.
  • Ability to work routinely across boundaries and establish cross functional matrix groups.
  • Ability to coach/mentor, develop and performance manage staff.
  • Exhibits strong IPTc behaviors and expectations.
  • Strong external profile and key opinion leadership.

Why GSK?

We are a FTSE100 Science-Led Healthcare Company. We research, develop and manufacture a broad range of innovative medicines and vaccines. Our purpose is to help people do more, feel better and live longer. Realising our purpose starts with us. When we feel at our best, we perform at our best.

When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living GSK's values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. And in return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive. Put simply, it's about you being motivated to do your best work, in a place where you can be you, feel good and keep growing.

Together we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us. It is only through the energy, dedication, drive and passion of all of us that we can be the very best for GSK, and importantly, for our patients and consumers.

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