Work Placement / Internship

Clinical Operations – Industrial Placement Programme 2022

Stevenage, Hertfordshire & Brentford, London. Two Roles/Multiple Vacancies.

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Multiple roles available. Please read below about the positions we are recruiting for, when you apply you will be able to select 2 preferences. We will accommodate your preference where possible. 

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?  

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that discovers, develops and manufactures innovative medicines and vaccines. Our industrial placements are real roles with real responsibility, where you can gain experience in a purpose-led, performance-driven healthcare business. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer. 

"I got so much more out of my placement than I expected!"

Be open to different sectors – Emily did a mechanical engineering degree and applied to an industrial placement with GSK, who lie within the pharmaceuticals sector. To watch the full Gradcracker/GSK webinar, click here.

GSK are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines products. Our challenging and inspiring mission is to enable people to do more, feel better and live longer by developing innovative products and improving access to healthcare for patients around the world.  

Whatever the role, you will experience working in a fast-paced research environment with access to cutting edge technology, whilst interacting with industry-leading scientists across multiple disciplines and sharing different experiences. During the internship, you will be supported and given training (laboratory and office practices, where applicable) until confident to work independently - with a focus on GSK health and safety requirements.  You will be enrolled in GSK internal courses to develop your knowledge of company policy and for your personal development including opportunities to attend seminars led by GSK scientists and networking opportunities.  

Before a new medicine can be marketed for use in humans, it is necessary to confirm that it is safe and effective. We do this by carrying out clinical trials. The Clinical Operations department has accountability for the on time on budget delivery of clinical trials to the highest scientific, quality and ethical standards.  

Role 1: Associate Clinical Development Scientist (office-based) 

Within this role your day-to-day responsibilities will be involved in the testing of new medicines in humans. Your responsibilities may include but are not limited to:  

  • Operational delivery of clinical studies (including, for example: feasibility assessments, overseeing subcontractor’s performance, recruitment tracking) 
  • Preparation of high-quality scientific materials relating to clinical trials (including, for example: contributing to clinical study protocols, procedures manuals, information and consent forms) 
  • Attendance at and contribution to clinical study team meetings. 
  • Review of data and writing of associated reports. 
  • Assist with planning and tracking of study timelines and budgets. 
  • Co-ordinate key study activities such as study documentation filing, study supplies and investigator meetings. 
  • Participating in scientific discussions relating to the design of clinical studies 
  • You may also be asked to assist with other departmental activities that are not study related. 

We are looking for a student who can work well as part of a team and, as needed, independently with appropriate time management, flexibility and attention to detail. You must be reliable, enthusiastic, have a proactive attitude and be self-motivated with good written and verbal communication skills. You will be computer literate in MS Word, MS PowerPoint and Excel. It is important you are able to build strong relationships and have the ability to influence others. 

Role 2: Associate Clinical Data Manager (office-based) 

  • Clinical trials: You will be in an office-based role involved in the set up or management of clinical trials, contributing to the clinical study team as a Data Manager working with other team members such as statistics, medical monitors, programming and study management. One of our aims is to give you an insight into working with the data collected on a clinical trial, including safety, efficacy and external vendor data, and ensuring the data is collected correctly by interrogating the data using computerised checks or manually reviewing the data using various systems.  
  • Therapy area knowledge: You will be working in one of the therapy areas and will need to understand the scientific protocols for each trial that they support (a clinical protocol contains the objectives, science behind the trial, methods etc. of the clinical trial). 
  • Team working: There will be the opportunities outside of project work to join committees at GSK which organise events and charity days. This will help with your organisational skills, teamwork and expose them to more people working in different departments of the company.
  • Pharmaceutical Development: We want you to gain a broad understanding of the pharmaceutical industry so they will be encouraged to explore other GSK sites and business units to understand the functions performed there. 

We are looking for a student who can work well as part of a team and, as needed, independently with appropriate time management, flexibility and attention to detail. You must be reliable, enthusiastic, have a proactive attitude and be self-motivated with good written and verbal communication skills. You will be computer literate in MS Word, MS PowerPoint and Excel. It is important you are able to build strong relationships and have the ability to influence others. 

Degree requirements:  

  • 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 may be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year and they are supportive of your placement. 
  • Must be undertaking a Life Science undergraduate degree e.g. Pharmacology, Immunology, Biological Science, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or similar.  

Benefits:  

  • A salary of £21,000, plus a bonus  
  • Access to GSK resources such as employee assistance programmes, private healthcare, and training and development. 

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £21,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Stevenage and Brentford
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Data Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Materials Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
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