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Analytical Chemist Industrial Placements 2022

Multiple UK locations. Five Roles/Multiple Vacancies.

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We are recruiting for multiple roles within this Placement. You will be able to select your preference when you apply and we will accommodate this where possible.

What will you do:  

An analytical chemistry placement will give you hands on practical application of analytical techniques and data analysis, as well as supporting other operations within the laboratory environment. You’ll be contributing to ensuring our pharmaceutical/consumer products are manufactured to stringent quality and safety standards by; 

  • Learning how to test a variety of products using a range of equipment from pH and viscosity meters to HPLC, Gas Chromatography and UV spectroscopy. 
  • Following all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and being compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)  
  • Performing equipment performance checks and calibration. 
  • Creating, reviewing and validating methods as well as updating laboratory documentation and writing technical reports. 
  • Creating testing and auditing cleaning protocols 
  • To take part in Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and continuous improvement projects 

"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.

Whichever role you go into you will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as team working, effective communication and time management. You will work with and learn from an experienced team who will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential. 

Locations and roles: 

Barnard Castle  

The Barnard Castle site is located in the North East of England is sited within the County Durham countryside. Barnard Castle is a key site for GSK with a large number of New Products coming through development at site. We manufacture and supply a huge range of different pharmaceutical products from Sterile Products (Syringes and Vials) to Liquid Inhalations and Dermatologicals.    

An opportunity exists for a candidate with a strong science background to work within the analytical chemistry laboratory to support the analytical testing of a wide range of pharmaceutical products manufactured on site. The successful candidate will be trained in a variety of analytical techniques used in the laboratory to support release/stability testing. The primary role of the analyst will initially be routine QC analysis of finished products and incoming materials. Opportunities to perform project work to support the business and fulfil university academic requirements will be made available. Not only will the candidate gain experience of analytic techniques, but they will be required to work in the quality team to ensure patients receive high quality medicines compliant with global legislation.   


Montrose is a 45-acre primary manufacturing site, located in the Northeast of Scotland, by the sea. At this site, fourteen different active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are manufactured into a variety of formats (tablets, inhalers, creams etc.) for use in respiratory, HIV and other products.  

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. This work is very often non-routine in nature. 

As well as augmenting their chromatography (HPLC/GC) skills, the candidate will gain valuable experience in spectroscopic characterisation (NMR/FTIR/MS), material science 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. 


Ware is the largest GSK site in the UK with a thriving early talent community. The Ware site supplies oral solid dose (HIV and oncology products) and respiratory devices to over 140 countries, as well as to patients participating in clinical trial. 

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.  


GSK Worthing celebrates 60 years of history in pharmaceutical manufacturing in 2021.  One of our key products is Augmentin in tablet form and we manufacture approx. 42 million packs per year. Worthing site is situated on the South Coast about 30 minutes from Brighton and 1 hour by train from London, offering a good degree of extracurricular activities outside of work.   

You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists in a biochemistry-based laboratory. In this role you will undertake analytical chemistry experiments to support both manufacturing and R&D projects which cover both small & large molecules.  This position is in an R&D-type environment, the work is very often non-routine in nature, and you should be confident to work alone on your analysis, once training has been successfully completed. You will be encouraged to think about how to apply forensic analysis to answer questions raised on the projects you are working on.   

You will get valuable experience in biochemical analysis using such techniques as UV, IC, HPLC/UPLC and GC. The successful candidate will also gain experience in the ancillary supporting activities, such as COSHH, risk assessments, audits and experiment write-ups.  


GSK Maidenhead is a Consumer site (PSC sites above). Maidenhead supply toothpaste and mouthwash to over 20 countries, with our factory running 24/7. You will have the opportunity to learn techniques both common across industry (HPLC) and also more niche (IC) which provide a wide set of experience in a typical QC laboratory. You will be undertaking key project which delivers clear business benefit combined with a scientific view to provide an improvement to laboratory productivity, quality performance or cost. You will be joining a rapidly paced team in a fast moving consumer goods company and understanding the importance of good communication, organisation and prioritisation to ensure work is completed to deadline and right first time. 

Degree requirements: 

  • Must be studying an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or chemistry-related degrees.  
  • 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.  

You’ll need: 

  • To be a well-organised and patient focussed individual 
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks/assignments to demanding deadlines 
  • Sound interpersonal and team working skills. 
  • Passion for driving change 
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical production processes and GMP 
  • Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Values and Expectations. 


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

Start date: July 2022 

Locations:  Barnard Castle, Montrose, Ware, Worthing, Maidenhead. 

Worthing is a Penicillin Manufacturing site in the UK - please consider this if you are applying to a role here and are allergic to penicillin  

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
  • Multiple UK Locations

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  • Bioengineering
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  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
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