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Material Science Industrial Placement, UK 2024


Job Type

Job Function

Student Placement

Science and Technology


United Kingdom

On-Site or Remote


A salary of £21,400 plus a bonus

About the Role

A successful candidate will join the GSK Materials Science department and work as part of a multifunctional team responsible for identifying key Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) attributes and translating this knowledge into the design of crystallisation and milling processes that deliver API suitable for formulation.


  • Design and execute laboratory experiments to produce API with appropriate properties for drug product processing

  • Perform data management and data interpretation, record results effectively and communicate results in technical reports

  • Work effectively and collaboratively in multi-disciplinary development teams alongside, Material Scientists, Chemists, Analysts, Engineers, and Formulation scientists

  • Effectively present data and findings at internal meetings

  • Be an active contributor to scientific peer discussions

  • Comply with local safety and quality requirements


  • A successful candidate will be exposed to a broad range of pharmaceutical Materials Science activities in support of the optimisation of GSK medicines, working alongside team members from other product development disciplines

  • Learn key pharmaceutical industry skills such as salt / polymorph screening and selection, crystallography, physical properties characterisation, crystallisation and size reduction process development

  • Receive mentorship from experienced GSK team members to support your role development

  • Receive training on a wide range of physical and chemical characterisation methods including XRPD, DSC, TGA, Raman, NMR, HPLC, SEM and Light Microscopy

  • Candidates will become an important part of a pharmaceutical development lab, offering great experience and insight into working in a lab-based role in a pharmaceutical company


Education required:  To apply for this placement, you must be:

Currently studying an any Undergraduate Degree in a Science degree.

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 (United Kingdom) or ROI (Republic of Ireland) university for the duration of your placement.

If you have already graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and are currently studying a postgraduate Masters, you are not eligible for this programme.

Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English

About the Company

GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose – to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together – so we can positively impact the health of billions of people and deliver stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns – as an organization where people can thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to positively impact the health of 2.5 billion people by the end of 2030.

Our success absolutely depends on our people. While getting ahead of disease together is about our ambition for patients and shareholders, it’s also about making GSK a place where people can thrive. We want GSK to be a workplace where everyone can feel a sense of belonging and thrive as set out in our Equal and Inclusive Treatment of Employees policy. We’re committed to being more proactive at all levels so that our workforce reflects the communities we work and hire in, and our GSK leadership reflects our GSK workforce.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to neurodiversity, race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

How to Apply

Closing Date

Wednesday 29th November 2023

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