[Register Your Interest] Analytical Chemistry Industrial Placement - 2022 Intake at GSK

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
East of England North East Scotland South East
Stevenage, Ware, Barnard Castle, Worthing, Montrose, Maidenhead
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Analytical Chemistry Industrial Placement

GSK are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare products. Our challenging and inspiring mission is to enable people to do more, feel better and live longer by developing innovative products and improving access to healthcare for patients around the world.

Whatever the role, you will experience working in a fast-paced research environment with access to cutting edge technology, whilst interacting with industry-leading scientists across multiple disciplines and sharing different experiences. During the internship, the IP student will be supported, given training (laboratory and office practices) daily where applicable until confident to work independently and within GSK health and safety requirements, enrolled in several GSK internal courses as part of company policy, enrol in personal development courses and networking opportunities throughout the year and attend seminars led by GSK scientists.

Stevenage/Ware (R&D)

We have industrial placement opportunities for a highly motivated students with a keen interest in analytical chemistry within the CMC Analytical department of Product Development and Supply for a period of 12 months. Positions are available in teams focussed on separation science, spectroscopy and automation. During your placement you will work under supervision as a member of an analytical chemistry team. Your team will be aligned to the development of drug substances or oral solid dosage forms for clinical and commercial supply. You will work closely with your GSK supervisor in the planning and implementation of all aspects of your role. The placement is highly practically based, you will carry out a range of analytical techniques and analysis to support the development of new drugs.

You will work in a GMP regulated environment and gain experience of key analytical techniques and processes aligned to the characterisation of drug substances or pharmaceutical dosage forms e.g. HPLC, GC, dissolution, MS, NMR, automated methods, method validation, stability testing, batch analysis testing and documentation. Your data may be used to make key project decisions and could be reported in submissions to external regulatory authorities.

Barnard Castle

You will be part of a team looking at re-developing and validating analytical test methods for a variety of products made on site (tablets, creams and ointments, sterile injectables and inhaled products). This will include the creation of test plans and hypothesis, execution of these test plans and the completion of test reports to meet regulatory expectations. You will also be involved in new product testing.

Ware (PSC)

You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists focussing on the respiratory and HIV portfolio of products. In this role you will be undertaking analytical chemistry experiments to support analytical methods and their validation throughout their lifecycle. Projects are based around method and technology improvements for the analytical methods used across the business. The successful candidate will also gain experience in the ancillary supporting systems, such as COSHH, method validation reviews and GMP requirements.


You will be part of a team involved in the development and implementation of new analytical methods in supporting innovative projects in the field of biotechnology using a range of analytical techniques. Your daily job will involve a mixture of routine and non-routine analysis to support fermentation development for the Manufacturing and Research & Development businesses.


You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists, material scientists and synthetic organic chemists. In this role you will be undertaking analytical chemistry experiments to support analytical method and process improvements, method development, technology transfers, route changes, impurity characterisation and mapping, etc. This work is very often non-routine in nature.

As well as augmenting their chromatography skills, the candidate will get valuable experience in spectroscopic characterisation (NMR/FTIR/MS), material science and method development/validation. Outside of direct laboratory expertise, the candidate will gain experience of the application of DOE/MVA, COSHH and the regulatory aspects (GMP, etc) inherent in an active pharmaceutical environment.


You will be part of the quality control teams undertaking quality testing and decision making to assure the best product possible reaches the consumer. The team is fast paced and well structured, meaning learning is intense, but hugely satisfying. Products manufactured at this site include Sensodyne and Aquafresh toothpaste and mouthwash.

About GSK

One of the world’s leading healthcare companies, GSK discovers, develops, manufactures and distributes life-saving vaccines, prescription medicines and consumer health products such as Maxinutrition, Sensodyne, Aquafresh and Panadol.

The size and scope of our organisation allows our people to answer some of the biggest questions facing everyone on the planet – questions about future healthcare needs and questions about building a responsive, innovative, global business to meet them – as well as questions about their own personal and professional growth.