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Organic Chemistry Industrial Placement, UK 2023


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Join the GSK Industrial Placement UK Programme in Organic Chemistry: Help us get ahead of disease together.

Education required: Undergraduate degree from an accredited university, in Chemistry, with a high content in organic chemistry or closely related degree such as Medicinal Chemistry which has a significant component of organic chemistry there-in.

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.

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  • Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Expected Start date: July/August 2023
  • Duration: 1 year (approximately)
  • Location: Barnard Castle, Ware, Worthing (upon your written application you will be able to state a preference) Worthing is a Penicillin Manufacturing site in the UK - please consider this if you are applying to a role here and are allergic to penicillin  
  • 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 an Organic Chemistry Industrial Placement at GSK today! 

Your role as an Organic Chemist will give you valuable hands-on experience for working as part of a multidisciplinary team of synthetic organic chemists, material scientists and analytical scientists.

In this role you will be undertaking synthetic organic chemistry experiments to support process improvements, route changes, mimic plant conditions for new chemical entities, impurity synthesis and impurity process mapping, etc.

Key roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Developing process improvements to existing manufacturing processes to maximise yields, reduce cycle times, processing costs and to minimise waste. 
  • Improving process understanding and robustness 
  • Synthesising novel entities 
  • Supporting and troubleshooting processing issues encountered during the manufacture of commercial products. 

You will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as: team working, problem solving and building relationships. You will work with and learn from an experienced team of organic chemists; they will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential. 

Ahead together with tailored training and career development

Location and roles available: 


Our 45-acre primary manufacturing site at Montrose is located between the North Sea and the Angus Glens and is within easy reach of Dundee and Aberdeen. It is our largest UK chemical manufacturing facility which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2022.

The site has state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities and produces a wide range of active ingredients for some of our most important medicines including respiratory, HIV and dermatological products. Every day, an estimated 30 million people take a medicine that includes ingredients from Montrose. 

During your placement you will gain valuable experience as an organic chemist including: 

  • The use of laboratory equipment including automated lab equipment. 
  • Learning key laboratory procedures including reaction set up, distillations, crystallisations, drying, and column chromatography purification techniques. 
  • The use of search engines including SciFinder to conduct literature searches to aid process development. 
  • Analysing test results, data and writing technical reports.

You will also gain practical experience in spectroscopic characterisation (NMR/ FTIR and MS), reaction monitoring (open access HPLC), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and the regulatory aspects inherent in an active pharmaceutical environment. 

This role will particularly suit if you want to gain experience working in a manufacturing site laboratory and have a passion for organic chemistry.

Who are we looking for?  

  • A strong interest in organic chemistry
  • To be a team player
  • Be well organised
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability 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: 346528
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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
  • Montrose (Angus, Scotland)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacology

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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