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Materials Science Industrial Placement, UK 2023


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Join the GSK Industrial Placement UK Programme in Pharmaceutical Materials Science: Help us get ahead of disease together. 

Education required: Undergraduate degree from an accredited university, preferably disciplines such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacy, Materials Science etc.  

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Other requirements: 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 must be enrolled at a UK university for the duration of your placement.

  • Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Expected Start date: July 2023
  • Duration: 1 year (approximately)
  • Location: Barnard Castle or Montrose (upon your written application you will be able to state a preference)  
  • Application deadline: Friday 14th October 2022. We will close this vacancy when we have enough applications, so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can so your application can be considered.
  • Proposed Assessment / Interview Dates: November/December

Are you looking to gain valuable real world work experience and help positively impact the lives of others?  

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.   

A GSK internship offers you the opportunity to kickstart your career – to take on a real role with genuine impact. You’ll take on challenging tasks within live projects or assignments.  You’ll also get to learn from others in your team and other parts of GSK whilst developing your skills and gaining valuable experience for wherever the future takes you.

Inspired to help us get ahead together?  Apply for a Pharmaceutical Materials Science Industrial Placement at GSK today!  

Your role as a Pharmaceutical Materials Scientist will be a technical lab-based role, which will give you valuable hands-on experience working on a wide range of techniques and measurement systems to characterise 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, dosage form and particle sciences experts.

Key roles and responsibilities will include:  

  • Supporting and leading business critical projects to assist the global GSK network such as comparing materials as part of major material change programs for different manufacturing sites and conducting Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigations for manufacturing and quality issues.  
  • Providing measurement of data, including interpretation, reporting, and discussing results with customers from other GSK sites around the world for numerous projects related to different dosage forms across specialty and established products e.g., API powders, excipients, blends, granules, suspensions, tablets etc.   
  • Gaining competency on a wide variety of physical property testing equipment and techniques supporting small and large molecule products, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Particle Size Distribution (PSD), X-ray Particle Diffraction (XRPD), Micro-flow imaging (MFI) etc.  
  • Responsible for calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment such as balances, safety cabinets, Tapped Bulk Density (TBD) etc. ensuring quality and safety in all that we do.  
  • Support of key safety metrics, departmental audits, and continuous improvement 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.  

Ahead together with tailored training and career development


Ware is the largest GSK site in the UK with a thriving early talent community. The Ware Global Supply Chain site manufactures and supplies oral solid dose tablets (for HIV and oncology) and respiratory devices (for asthma and COPD) to over 140 countries, as well as to patients participating in clinical trials, playing a key role in new product introduction. The Ware site is located less than a mile from the station, with regular rail links through to London Liverpool Street, taking around 45 minutes.  

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.   

Who are we looking for?  

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • To be a team player
  • Interest in learning new techniques, which you may have not 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’s culture

What do we offer you?

  • A salary of £21,000, plus a bonus
  • Access to GSK resources, including employee assistance programmes, private healthcare and well-being programs and pension plan membership
  • On-the-job experience and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and training programs
  • A GSK placement which gives you the opportunity to take on a real role with genuine impact
  • You will join a GSK Industrial Placement community of over 250 students across the UK and business areas
  • Access to LinkedIn groups to enable the new Industrial Placement community to network and connect before start date

Let’s do this!

This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2023:

  1. Eligibility Form
  2. World of GSK Online Assessment
  3. Application Form
  4. Virtual Assessment Centre or Virtual Interview

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Job ID Number: 346487
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: October 14th, 2022
  • Starting: July 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £21,000 plus a bonus + benefits
  • All grades
  • 1 year
  • Ware (Hertfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Pharmacology

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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