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Materials Science Industrial Placement 2022

Ware, Hertfordshire.

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What you will do: 

Your role as a materials scientist will give you valuable hands-on experience working on a wide range of techniques and measurement systems to analyse the physical properties of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), excipients and drug products and / or finished products. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists, material scientists and dosage form and particle sciences experts.  

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Key roles and responsibilities will include: 

  • Gaining competency on a wide variety of analytical testing equipment and techniques 
  • Participating in project work to assist the global GSK network from development through to manufacturing 
  • Root cause analysis investigations 
  • Comparing suppliers as a cost saving initiative or assisting in optimising a process 
  • Carrying out experimental work for numerous projects related to different dosage forms across specialty and established products  
  • Opportunities to support and lead projects and discuss results with customers from other GSK sites around the world 
  • Equipment documentation and compliance actives such as carrying out weekly and monthly balance performance checks 
  • Support to key safety metrics and projects 

You will be applying the skills you already have learnt at university and developing new skills such as; team working, effective communication and time management. You will work with and learn from an experienced team of multi-disciplined scientists. They will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential. 

Location and roles: 


Our Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manufacturing site in Ware is a global supply site as well as a New Product Introduction facility for oral solid dose (HIV and oncology products) and respiratory devices. We currently supply products to over 140 countries, as well as to patients participating in clinical trials. 

Materials Science is a central technical team within MSAT (Manufacturing Science and Technology) based at the Ware site which supports business critical projects for the Ware site as well as other key sites around the globe. 

In this role you will work in the Materials Science lab and gain competency on a wide variety of analytical testing equipment and techniques. This will allow for a broader understanding of the physical properties that are investigated such as solid-state form, the moisture sorption of a material, powder flow, the particle size of powders and several image analysis techniques.  

Degree Requirements:

  • Must be studying an appropriate undergraduate degree such as chemistry, chemical engineering, analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical science, pharmacy or materials science. 
  • 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: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • To be a team player 
  • Interest in learning new techniques you will not have been exposed to at university 
  • To be well organised and highly motivated 
  • An analytical mindset with an interest in problem solving 
  • Strong technical writing skills and good attention to details 
  • 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 

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
  • £21,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Ware, Hertfordshire
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