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Analytical Chemistry Industrial Placement (Manufacturing)


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What does an Analytical Chemistry industrial placement have to offer?

An analytical chemistry placement in one of our manufacturing sites will give you hands on practical application of product testing though analytical techniques.

During your 12 months with us, you’ll gain experience in areas such as:

  • The use and interpretation of data from one or more of the following analytical instrumentation: HPLC,
  • GC, IC, XRF, UV, IR, NMR, pH, density, viscosity, particle sizing
  • Key laboratory techniques such as preparing sample and standard solutions
  • Calibration and maintenance of equipment
  • Carrying out testing to support validation of the production equipment, cleaning validation processes
  • and formulation changes including new product introductions.

Whichever role you go into you will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as; team working, problem solving and building relationships.

We are looking for well-organised, patient-focused students who are passionate about using analytical techniques to ensure our products are manufactured to stringent quality and safety standards.

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Details of role at each site:

Barnard Castle – An opportunity exists for a candidate with a strong science background to work within the analytical team to work on developing and validating improvements to analytical test methods for the drug products we make at Barnard Castle. These include sterile injectable and inhaled products, creams and ointments.

You will perform analytical testing of new products to enable them to be released for clinical trials and ultimately released for commercial sale. Examples of analytical techniques the candidate will be performing include:

  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Ultraviolet Spectroscopy
  • pH
  • Osmolality
  • Particle content and sizing.

You should be able to plan and manage their own tasks in order to meet defined deadlines provided by the team manager. This will include tasks such as:

  • Creation of documents to detail test plans and hypotheses.
  • Execution of test documents
  • Creation of final reports to detail outcomes which prove or disprove hypotheses.

Through the tasks detailed above, the successful candidate will be able to deliver valuable improvements to the Barnard Castle analytical laboratories. In addition to this the opportunities will arise to support day to day operations working in a safe way. The candidate will also gain an understanding of pharmaceutical regulations. There will be exposure to other departments on site which will therefore enable the candidate to gain understanding in how various functions interact to become a top class pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

Montrose - You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists, material scientists and synthetic organic chemists. In this role you will be undertaking analytical chemistry experiments to support analytical method and process improvements, method development, technology transfers, route changes, impurity characterisation and mapping, etc.

As well as augmenting their chromatography skills (HPLC/GC/IC), the candidate will get valuable experience in spectroscopic characterisation (NMR/FTIR/MS), material science analysis and method development/validation. Outside of direct laboratory expertise, the candidate will gain experience of the application of DOE/MVA, COSHH and the regulatory aspects (GMP, etc) inherent in an active pharmaceutical environment.

We are looking for well organised and committed students with a spirit of enquiry and a passion for analytical science in a pharmaceutical healthcare context.

Maidenhead - Working within the QC teams, you will be a fully assimilated member of the team, undertaking quality testing and decision making to assure the best product possible reaches the consumer. The team is fast paced and well structured, meaning learning is intense, but hugely satisfying.

Ware – You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists focussing on the respiratory and HIV portfolio of products. In this role you will be undertaking analytical chemistry experiments to support analytical methods and their validation throughout their lifecycle. Projects are based around method and technology improvements for the analytical methods used across the business. The successful candidate will also gain experience in the ancillary supporting systems, such as COSHH, method validation reviews and GMP requirements.

Worthing - You will be part of a team involved in the development and implementation of new analytical methods in supporting innovative projects in the field of biotechnology using a range of analytical techniques. Your daily job will involve a mixture of routine and non-routine analysis to support fermentation development for the Manufacturing and Research & Development businesses.

Additional Details

The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in:

  • Barnard Castle – the week commencing the 25th of November 2019
  • Montrose – the week commencing the 18th of November 2019
  • Maidenhead – 13th of November 2019
  • Ware – the week commencing the 2nd of December 2019
  • Worthing – mid-November to mid-December 2019.

Degree Requirements

Must be on track for a 2.2 (or above) in a Chemistry or chemistry-related science undergraduate degree. Bio-science related degrees are not accepted.

You will have completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You will be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year.


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Opportunity Overview

  • October 16th, 2019
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Barnard Castle, Maidenhead (Berkshire), Montrose (Scotland), Ware (Hertfordshire) and Worthing (West Sussex)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Chemistry

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