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Product Development Scientist, Industrial Placement

Weybridge, Surrey. Multiple vacancies.

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Why Consumer Healthcare? 

In GSK Consumer Healthcare, we are on an incredible journey as we prepare to create a new, standalone, world leading company with a 100% single-minded focus on everyday health. We are doing this at a time when the work we do has never mattered more. With the COVID pandemic, people are increasingly looking for ways to manage their own health and wellbeing and to take care of their families. This is where we come in. With category leading brands such as Sensodyne, Voltaren and Centrum, built on trusted science and human understanding, and combined with our passion, knowledge and expertise, we are uniquely placed to deliver better everyday health to millions of people around the world and grow a strong, successful business.  This is an opportunity to be part of something special. 

We trust the healthcare products we use every day to be safe, effective and pleasant to use. We want them to help keep us healthy or treat a problem when things do go wrong.  But have you ever wondered where those products come from? Who decides what goes into them? How does a product idea go from development in a laboratory to something millions of people use every day around the world?   

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Zoe, Micronising Technical Intern, tells us about her placement at GSK – where she has been reducing the particle size of the active ingredients in pharmaceutical products, and leading in charity events. To watch the full Gradcracker/GSK webinar, click here.

As a development scientist in GSK Consumer Healthcare you are responsible for supporting the creation of Oral Care products by developing formulations and/or providing analysis and evaluation of materials and products at all stages of the development process from laboratory to launch.  

Would you relish the opportunity to support our business to help improve the lives of people globally? Do you want to gain experience in a responsive, innovative, global business? A placement with GSK Consumer Healthcare will give you the practical experience to complement your studies and we are committed to supporting your personal and professional growth.  

We have the following opportunities available at GSK Weybridge: 2 positions in Family Oral and Gum Healthcare, 2 positions in Sensitivity and Acid Erosion, and 2 positions in Denture Care & Dry Mouth. 

In each role you will: 

  • Support multiple project teams to develop new products and formulations.  Apply scientific knowledge, consumer understanding and awareness of regulatory restrictions to the product development process up to and including product launch. 
  • Design and carry out experiments to characterise and understand products and raw materials.
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of methods or processes.
  • Interpret and understand data to draw conclusions and identify next steps. 

You'll need:

  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, multitask and work effectively in a team.
  • Ability to apply scientific learnings, principles and techniques to assigned projects.
  • Clear communicator in both oral and written form with both internal departments and external organisations.
  • Basic understanding of experimental design and statistics with regards to its application to experimental work.
  • Ability to collate, organise and report scientific data from internal and external sources.
  • Flair for creativity and innovation
  • Basic knowledge or awareness of a variety of analytical techniques e.g. HPLC, GC and Mass spectroscopy
  • Basic knowledge or awareness of a variety of pre-formulation techniques e.g. DSC, TGA, TAM, DVS, particle size determination, microscopy, Rheology etc. 
  • Computer literate. 

Degree Requirements:

You must be studying a Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Foods, Cosmetics or related science undergraduate degree. 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. 

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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Job ID Number: 311685
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £21,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 1 year
  • Weybridge, Surrey
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Environmental Science
  • Pharmacology

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