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In Vivo In Vitro (IVIVT) Laboratory Science (Biology) Degree Apprenticeship

BSc (Hons) in Bioscience

Join GSK’s Research and Development (R&D) Apprentice Programme – Stevenage UK, 2023: Help us get ahead of disease together

A GSK apprenticeship gives you the chance to earn while you learn. This In Vivo In Vitro (IVIVT) Laboratory Science (Biology) apprenticeship lasts up to 4 years and is a practical, hands-on apprenticeship. You will be working within a laboratory where you will learn how to operate the systems and equipment that generates data to aid in the production of life saving pharmaceutical products for our patients.

What is GSK looking for?

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We are looking for motivated individuals with a willingness and enthusiasm to learn, who are excited to develop practical and problems solving skills. No prior experience is required as you will be given full training.

You will be studying for a BSc (Hons) in Bioscience. If you successfully complete your apprenticeship and demonstrate the qualities we are looking for, you may be offered the opportunity to go on to further education.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

On our 4-year programme you’ll receive tailored on-the-job training from industry experts from day one combined with early responsibility to help you to develop and progress.

You’ll be working towards a BSc (Hons) in Bioscience through online university-led learning sessions and activities. For more information see: Laboratory scientist (degree) / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

If you are offered a role; you will have a buddy or a mentor who will help you to prepare for joining GSK and will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

Education required:   

GCSE Mathematics and English Language (grade A*-C / 9-4) or equivalent
Must have/ be predicted 104 UCAS points at A-level (grades BCC), with one being Biology or an equivalent scientific discipline.

Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English

Expected Start date: September 2023

Duration: 4 years

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible. We will close this vacancy when we have enough applications, so please apply as soon as you can so your application can be considered. 

Assessment Centre Date: March 2023

We want you to be motivated and passionate for the Apprenticeship you apply to – we will only accept ONE Apprenticeship application per candidate each year. Please do your research before applying and select the one Apprenticeship you wish to apply to – good luck with your application!

Are you looking to gain a head start in your career where you can positively impact the health of billions of people?

GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose – to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to impact the health of 2.5 billion people around the world in the next 10 years.

Our success absolutely depends on our people. We want GSK to be a place where people feel inspired, encouraged and challenged to be the best they can be. A place where they can be themselves – feeling welcome, valued and included. Where they can keep growing and look after their wellbeing. So, if you share our ambition, join us at this exciting moment in our journey to get ahead together.

Inspired to help us get ahead together?  Apply for the In Vivo In Vitro Laboratory Science (Biology) at GSK Stevenage today!

You will be part of the Research & Development (R&D) function based at Stevenage. Your apprenticeship will be in one of our cutting-edge teams, based at our R&D site in Stevenage.

Stevenage is GSK’s UK R&D Hub, which is the heart of innovation, discovering and developing differentiated, high-quality and needed medicines that are bringing transformational benefit to patients. Stevenage has over 2000 on-site staff and a wealth of transformation science facilities. Biological science forms a key part of GSK’s mission of getting ahead of disease together, and we would like you to come and be part of our exciting future!

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • Building your In-Vitro laboratory skills in an R&D setting
  • Working as part of a team of scientists
  • Studying towards your BSc (Hons) in Bioscience

What will you do?

  • Perform in vitro work within an IVIVT laboratory (e.g. Dispensary formulation and analysis, a Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) or Investigative Safety) or assess molecule safety via computational science approaches.
  • Whilst not working directly with animals, an individual in this role would need to be open to working with samples from in vivo animal studies and to build knowledge of the range of animal models used within Pharma research
  • Undertake training on various state-of-the-art techniques and technology (e.g., High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Flow Cytometry, robotics, complex in vitro models and cellular imaging, QPCR or modelling software) to use in experimental or computational studies.
  • Review relevant literature and application of this knowledge to aid problem solving as part of your experimental work
  • Gain insight into a broad range of scientific disciplines (e.g., formulation, analytical, mechanistic safety) critical to the drug discovery and development process.
  • Support GSKs portfolio of ongoing projects that will eventually lead to the development of medicines for patients. Use of a range of IT systems such Microsoft Office (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint), bespoke scientific software (Empower, Analyst, FlowJo) and data capturing systems (Electronic Lab Notebooks ELN) to interpret, record and report data.
  • Develop your ability to integrate and interpret complex data sets, and reporting of those findings

What do we offer you?

  • A competitive starting base salary of £18,000 per year, which increases after year 1
  • Eligibility for NUS Extra card providing you with discounts to many high street and online outlets.
  • Join NxtGen – a networking group where you can connect with other apprentices internationally.
  • Development offerings for technical and business skills
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Access to healthcare and well-being programs, savings programs, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programs, which reward exceptional achievements
  • Long-term incentives through shared ownership link your rewards to our longer-term performance
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programs

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Starting Salary: £18,000 per annum, increasing to £24,400 after year 1 + benefits
  • Stevenage (Hertfordshire)
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