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We asked our panellists how students and graduates can succeed in their careers.
To watch the full Gradcracker/GSK webinar, click here. 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: 4th September 2023
Duration: 1 year (approximately)
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: The majority of R&D interviews will take place in the first two weeks of November
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 the In Vitro In Vivo Translation (IVIVT) Industrial Placement roles at GSK today! Our approach to R&D focuses on science related to the prevention and treatment of disease with vaccines, specialty and general medicines. We focus on science of the immune system, human genetics and advanced technologies to impact health at scale. Our pipeline currently comprises of more than 60 vaccines and medicines across four core therapeutic areas including oncology, infectious diseases, immunology / respiratory and HIV. Please read below about the 4 different positions we are recruiting for across our In Vitro In Vivo Translation Industrial Placements. Please note, these are distinct placements and so when you apply you will be able to select 3 preferences of where you would like to be placed if successful. We will accommodate your preference where possible.
Role 1 – Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Role 2 – Bioanalysis/Biomarker Scientist (Immunoassay)
Role 3 – Biomarker Scientist (Cellular Biomarkers)
Role 4 – Cell Imaging & Dynamics Biologist
Role 1 – Drug Metabolism and PharmacokineticsDegree requirements: Chemistry or Pharmacology related degree. Exemplar courses include: Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biochemistry. Preference also for Chemistry at A-level or Scottish higher/advanced higher level. You will join a pioneering discovery drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK) group, influential in steering discovery projects towards the selection of the best potential future medicines for development. The placement will integrate you within the group where chemistry, biology and pharmacology disciplines are utilised to characterise the DMPK profile for new compounds with decision making data and interpretation to direct project progression. You will work closely with your supervisor to plan and carry out experimental work to support in vitro and in vivo studies designed and carried by the department. The excellent hands on training provided during the placement will enable you to perform in vitro assays and conduct quantitive bioanalysis to a high level of independence using state of the art instruments. You will gain valuable experience, personally running automated platforms to perform in vitro assays, prepare analytical calibration standards and extract biological samples. Using liquid chromatography- mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) systems, you will develop new bioanalytical methods and process qualitative and quantitative results using bespoke software. Understanding, interpreting and reporting results will also be a key aspect of the placement role. During the placement, in addition to study support work, you will conduct an individual piece of project work to build on scientific understanding or capabilities for the department. The data you generate will be used to guide the design of future compounds, define the pharmacokinetic / pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) relationship and help to ensure that compounds are optimal for development into medicines. Role 2 – Bioanalysis/Biomarker Scientist (Immunoassay)Degree requirements: Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Immunology, Pharmacology, Chemistry. Immunoassay Bioanalysis & Soluble Biomarkers is a worldwide group within the In vivo/In vitro Translation (IVIVT) division, delivering high-quality data to support preclinical and clinical studies for both NCEs and biopharmaceuticals.Our group develops robust and precise analytical assays to measure drugs and soluble proteins in a variety of sample types e.g., serum, plasma, whole blood and tissue. The data we generate contributes to key decisions that enable the progression of drug candidates through the development pipeline and into the clinic. We also develop new technologies to enhance our workflows and to support the GSK portfolio. We have two positions for Industrial Placement students starting in 2023, offering an exciting opportunity for you to gain laboratory experience in a key area of drug development. We offer extensive training and the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technologies, including numerous immunoassay platforms such as Gyrolab, MSD, ELISA and HD-X.Our group already uses a variety of automation, and we are in the process of further expanding our automated sample handling capabilities. Our team prides itself for a friendly and sociable atmosphere with ample access to scientific presentations and seminars. The nature of our multi-disciplinary projects will also provide you with opportunities to interact with other teams supporting the drug development process within GSK R&D. During your placement you will:
Work across multiple disease areas, such as oncology, respiratory and immuno-inflammation
Develop and validate methods for the measurement/characterization of drug and soluble proteins in biological samples (pre-clinical or clinical)
Perform routine analysis of drugs (bioanalysis/pharmacokinetics) and soluble proteins (biomarkers/pharmacodynamics) in biological matrices to applicable standards using defined analytical methods
Use and maintain multiple instrument platforms
Process and evaluate data using appropriate software
Author reports summarising data generated during routine analysis
Ensure that work is conducted in compliance with the relevant GCP regulations
Follow safe working practices and be responsible for the health and safety of themselves and other
Our aim is to develop students to be highly independent in planning and executing experiments and interpreting scientific data, as well as presenting results and collaborating with other scientists. We highly encourage our students to shadow students and scientists in other groups at Stevenage and develop their own professional network during their placement year. Role 3 – Biomarker Scientist (Cellular Biomarkers) Degree requirements: Biology, Immunology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science. The Cellular Biomarkers Group (within Bioanalysis, Immunogenicity & Biomarkers) is a worldwide group within the In vivo/In vitro Translation (IVIVT) division. The group works closely with clinical project teams to define and deliver high parameter flow cytometry assays to support translation of GSK’s rapidly expanding biopharmaceutical and small molecule portfolio into successful early/late phase clinical studies. During your placement you will be working as part of a dedicated flow cytometry team, your role will be to assist in the design, development and validation of new flow cytometry panels for immunophenotyping, cytokine production, rare cell identification, target engagement and/or receptor occupancy. This placement provides the opportunity to work with both conventional and spectral flow cytometers as well as working across multiple disease areas spanning the entire GSK portfolio. Our aim is to develop students to be highly independent in planning, executing and interpreting scientific data as well as presenting results and collaborating with other scientists. Working within the Cellular Biomarkers Group also provides ample access to scientific presentations and seminars as part of the vibrant Stevenage GSK science hub. Role 4 – Cell Imaging & Dynamics Biologist Degree requirements: Biology, Immunology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science. The Bioimaging department was formed in 2016 and brings together key areas of in-vivo and ex-vivo imaging to understand drug distribution and the effect of that distribution on intact biological systems. The focus of the newly formed Ultrastructural and Cellular Bioimaging group is to support all aspects of Research, and the wider GSK, using Bioimaging at cellular & ultrastructural resolut