GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
work experience
Expires11 days

Discovery Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) Industrial Placement

Job description

What does a DMPK industrial placement have to offer?

You will join a pioneering discovery drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK) group, dedicated to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to Do more, Feel better and Live longer. The placement will integrate you within the group where chemistry, biology and pharmacology disciplines are utilised to characterise the DMPK profile of new compounds as research programmes progress towards developing a new medicine. The data you help to 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. The group design and carry out in vitro and in vivo DMPK studies and you will work closely with your supervisor to plan and carry out analyses in support of these studies.

The placement will provide excellent hands on training in in vitro assays and quantitative bioanalytical analysis using state of the art instruments as well as providing a unique insight into the Research and Development organisation at GSK. Techniques used will include manual and automated preparation of analytical calibration standards along with in vitro and in vivo samples using protein precipitation extraction and analysis by HPLC-MS/MS. Along with performing in vitro studies, placement students will learn to develop bioanalytical methods, run experiments and process data using MS software as well as be involved with the interpretation and reporting of results.

What we are looking for


Must be on track for a 2:2 (or above) in chemistry or pharmacology related degree. Possible courses include: chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biochemistry and life sciences.

Preference will be given to candidates who have achieved an ‘A’ at A-level chemistry or Scottish higher/advanced higher.

You will have completed a minimum of two years of your undergraduate degree but will not have graduated at the start of your placement. You will be expected to provide evidence from your university to show you will be an undergraduate student for the duration of the placement year.

Accepted degree subjects

  • biology and life sciences
  • chemistry
  • pharmacy and pharmacology

Additional job details

Competitive salary

How to apply

The assessment centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in January 2020

We recruit on an on-going basis and prioritise applications based on the application date. Applications will closed when we have filled our assessment centre dates. If you have what we’re looking for apply today.

This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2020.

  1. Eligibility form
  2. Online assessment
  3. Application form
  4. Assessment centre

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 1 December 2019

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Closing date:  1 December 2019

Expires11 days

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