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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, GSK Oncology, Global Scientific Communications

Job Description

About the Opportunity

Job Summary:

The Northeastern University Fellowship Program provides a dynamic academic environment offering fellows the opportunity for a wide breadth of experiences:

  • Develop teaching skills through participation in our Teaching and Learning Seminar series
  • Facilitate small and large group didactic education in partnership with a faculty mentor
  • Utilize a layered learning model in experiential education by co-precepting students on pharmacy practice experiences including Northeastern’s unique co-op program
  • Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
  • Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary graduate programs including biotechnology, nanomedicine, immunology, health informatics, and drug discovery
  • Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees

About GSK

GSK Oncology works with a sense of urgency to deliver medicines and programs and expand our pipeline of products with the promise for the future. Our goal is for people with cancer to not only live, but to live well, as a result of our medicines. GSK’s approach to oncology is focused on novel research in the areas of immuno-oncology, tumor cell targeting, oncology cell therapy, and synthetic lethality. Coupled with extensive mentorship opportunities provided by the GSK Oncology Global Scientific Communications Fellowship Program, the fellow will work in conjunction with the Global Medical Affairs team to help support this mission and vision.

Global Scientific Communications
The Pharmacy Postdoctoral Fellow will join the Global Oncology Scientific Communications team for a two-year commitment, where they will be immersed in all Global Medical Affairs activities. The focus of the fellowship will be in Global Scientific Communications with an initial three-month rotation with the Global Scientific Communications team. The fellow will then participate in three consecutive rotations in various Global Medical Affairs functions for a duration of three months per rotation, while continuing to support the Global Scientific Communications team with 30% of their capacity. GSK Oncology offers an array of Global Medical Affairs rotations, including, but not limited to: Oncology Program Strategy (working with Global Medical Affairs Leads or Medical/Scientific Directors), Patient Advocacy to Outcomes, Global Medical Information, Publications, and Global Medical Affairs Research.  Additionally, the fellow has the opportunity to learn about various industry functions such as Value Evidence & Outcomes, Clinical Development, or the Commercial Organization through longitudinal projects. Rotations may be extended at the discretion of the rotation supervisor. The remaining one year of the fellowship will be fully dedicated to Global Scientific Communications activities.

Responsibilities - Global Scientific Communications

Example Job Responsibilities, includes but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to overall Global Medical Training plan, including oversight and delivery of internal training materials for MSL/Medical affairs use
  • Create core Global Medical Materials and tools for internal and external communication (e.g. trial in progress decks and Medical/Pipeline congress training materials)
  • Contribute to externally facing meetings such as GSK-led Medical Education activities, advisory boards, satellite symposia, and investigator broadcasts
  • Plan and execute quarterly cross-functional Medical Communications Workshops to ensure alignment on Scientific Communications and Publications strategy and tactics
  • Plan and execute cross-functional Scientific Platform Working Group sessions to ensure alignment on interpretations of individual datasets/collections of data and flawless integration of new datasets into asset Scientific Platforms

Participate in the overall strategy, medical training, and execution for oncology medical conferences/congresses


Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts.

Excellent oral and written communication, time management, and leadership skills, ability to work independently and take initiative on a variety of projects at the industry site and Northeastern.

Additional Information:
Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of October 31st, 2022:

  •  Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
  • Unofficial PharmD transcripts, uploaded
  • Cover letter, uploaded

Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.edu by November 28th, 2022. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – GSK).

Address cover letter and three LORs to:

J. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy

Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences

Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program

360 Huntington Ave, 140TF R218

Boston, MA 02115

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Additional Information

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity .

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