Graduate Opportunity

Clinical programming & Data Sciences R&D Future Leaders Programme, UK, 2023

Maths/Statistics/Data Science/Computer Science/Pharmacology.

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Are you looking for a career where you can help 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

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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 Clinical Programming and Data Science Programme at GSK today!

Our programme will offer a range of opportunities in both Clinical Programming and Data Science. Candidates will be able to indicate a preference of which group they offboard into at the end of the rotational programme but will get the option to experience rotations in both.

Clinical Programmers at GSK sit within the Biostatistics function and represent industry leading SAS and R experts for the exquisite delivery (analysis and reporting) of our clinical studies and data submissions to global regulatory agencies. The discipline works globally, spread across regions (UK, EU, US and India) and provides leadership and accountability for all programming aspects for medicines and vaccines within all clinical phases of drug development. A graduate would get hands on experience in the analysis and reporting of clinical trials and play an important role in defining and implementing strategies to modernise data delivery for clinical development.

Data Science, within the Statistics and Data Science Innovation Hub (SDS-IH), is also within the Biostatistics function, working closely alongside Clinical Programming and Clinical Statistics. The group is spread across the UK and US and works with the rest of Biostatistics to develop its modern vision for data science and delivers value to the wider drug Development organization through cross-functional data-driven projects. A graduate will get hands on experience in programming, data wrangling and statistics in R and/or Python.

Ahead together with tailored training and career development

Not only do we want to find the right candidate, we also want you to choose a scheme that’s right for you. Our Future Leaders Programme is for those who aspire to be leaders, inspire others and relish some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges. We believe in focusing on the patient and conducting our business with integrity, transparency and respect for everyone we work with.

We invest heavily in your personal development to prepare you for a career as a leader through regular discussions with your line manager and support from a wide network of colleagues, but you are still the driver of your development.  You will also have continuous training where 70% is on-the-job, 20% is through developmental relationships and 10% is through formal training and educational courses. There is a thriving community of Programmers and Data Scientists working across multiple groups at GSK, continually evolving to enhance the skills, processes and technologies that drive innovation and efficiency. Opportunities will be broad and plentiful.

Our programme is two years long and will usually have 3 rotations. This is to enhance the development of your skills through having a breadth and depth of our business areas. After completing the programme, you will return to the role for which you were hired. The breadth of relevant technical experience, business and interpersonal skills that you will have acquired, together with the mentoring and networking opportunities you will have experienced, will allow you to excel in your career at GSK.

What will you do?

Your rotations will include work in the following areas, but not necessarily all:

  • You will collaborate with top clinical scientists and operational experts in the delivery of clinical trial results to progress medicines through drug development.
  • You will gain insights into defining programming strategies for clinical trial reporting and regulatory submissions (planning and execution)
  • You will receive training in SAS, R and other programming languages and then be asked to apply your newly acquired skills for hands on analysis and reporting of clinical trial data, in adherence to study protocols and statistical analysis plans.
  • You will explore and wrangle complex data sources
  • You will apply modelling techniques to data in order to answer business questions across Development
  • You will produce analytics and visualizations to improve presentation and interpretation of results.
  • You will develop tools (applications and coding packages) to support modern Biostatistics ways of working
  • You’ll become familiar with industry-wide best practice and help to define and support the use of standards across the Clinical Programming function
  • You’ll be encouraged to consider opportunities for the introduction of innovative approaches to improve standard processes. For example, increasing the use of automation for routine tasks and the application of machine learning to drive efficiencies and enable better focus resources.
  • You’ll help drive capability development across Clinical Programming to expand the breadth of programming skills beyond SAS and R into languages such as Python and Julia. 

What are we looking for?

  • An analytical, innovative and flexible mindset
  • The ability to deal with complexity comfortably
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • A resilient and ‘can do’ attitude with scientific reasoning
  • An interest in the analysis of scientific data, a keen eye for detail and high quality
  • Experience with at least one programming language (R, Python or SAS)

Required: A BS degree from an accredited college/university, preferably in mathematics, statistics, computer science, data science, life sciences or related discipline. Graduation by August 2023

What do we offer you?

  • A competitive salary: £31,400
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Relocation Allowance (eligibility will be confirmed once your first location is confirmed)
  • Access to healthcare and well-being programmes, savings programmes, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programmes, which reward exceptional achievements
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programmes

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £31,400 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Brentford (West London)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Maths
  • Pharmacology
  • Statistics

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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