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Internship (Undergraduate) - Analytical Chemistry

Duration: 12 months

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British American Tobacco is a global business going through a hugely dynamic period in our 100+ year history. With consumers seeking more choice with expectations above traditional cigarettes, now is an exciting time to have a real say in what we do – a chance to feel the international impact of your work and the responsibility to own what really matter to our consumers. All sides of the business are fully thriving, from our traditional tobacco roots, which we have proudly grown into a market-leading enterprise, to our business in developing brand-new products that promote choice, where innovation thrives.

What’s best about our evolution is that science is at the heart of all of it. Our global R&D teams uncover the facts and drive us forward using the most cutting-edge technologies. We have over 200 different scientific methods – from analytical chemistry and toxicological profiling to future casting and battery design. Why work here? Because we’re not just any FMCG company: we’re industry leaders, game changers, world shapers.

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About the Placement Scheme

In the UK, we offer 12-month placement – starting 31st August 2020 – opportunities to undergraduate students looking to gain practical experience within a vibrant and innovative industrial setting. As part of the scheme, you will be partnered with a mentor, have regular reviews with your Line Manager and work on projects that impact the business.

Training and development is provided throughout the placement with successful applicants having multiple opportunities to develop transferable skills, in addition to gaining ‘hands on’ experience in a technical discipline.

As part of the scheme students get a chance to cultivate their independent thinking and problem solving skills in addition to working in and contributing to a team. Cross functional/department working and participation in other research activities is also encouraged, where appropriate. Previous work experience in a practical ‘hands-on’ role would be useful but not essential.

The Analytical Development Centre (ADC) compares the volatile/semi-volatile chemical profile of emissions in e-cigarettes and tobacco heated products for the purposes of detecting and identifying new or increased compounds for subsequent toxicological risk assessment. Methods for detecting the compounds have been established, however confident identification continues to be a significant challenge. In order to manage risk to the consumers there is a need for improved confident identification of compounds of interest.

This role will:

  • Create and establish a new LC-MS compound library to enable the identification and semi-quantitation of toxicants and flavours not amenable to GC-MS analysis.
  • Expand the GC-MS and GC-MS/MS compound libraries with flavours, toxicants and thermal degradation products to focus toxicological risk assessments from untargeted analyses and facilitate improved product characterisation.
  • Plan, deliver and communicate a stand-alone project relating to new-to-business capabilities/techniques.
  • The required undergraduate/graduate degree course is Chemistry and related fields.


  • Salary of £17,000 per annum
  • Subsidised gym membership (£15 per month)
  • Subsidised lunches
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Free on-site parking
  • Participation in the Discretionary Company Bonus Scheme
  • Participation in the Company Share Reward Scheme
  • Participation in the Company Pension Scheme
  • Private Healthcare Cover
  • Eligibility for Company Flexible Benefits Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme.


The selection process involves:

  • Online application (including the uploading of a CV, completion of application form)
  • A telephone interview
  • Face-to-face interview/Assessment Centre in Southampton.

Applications for multiple roles will be accepted.

Early applications are recommended and roles may be filled as suitable candidates are identified (potentially before the closing date).

Essential requirements

We are looking for undergraduates who are undertaking an industrial sandwich degree course.

Candidates will need to have:

  • A relevant undergraduate degree with a minimum predicted grade of 2:1.
  • The right to live and work in the UK
  • IT skills e.g. use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


How to Apply

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Opportunity Overview

  • Tomorrow
  • £17,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Southampton
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  • Chemistry

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