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Genetic Toxicology & Photosafety Industrial Placement

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Before regulatory authorities will grant permission for administration of potential new pharmaceuticals, they require that the safety of the substance has been assessed in a battery of nonclinical safety tests. Genotoxicity tests can be defined as in silico, in vitro and in vivo tests, designed to detect compounds that induce genetic damage by various mechanisms, e.g. mutations, structural and numerical chromosomal damage. The genetic toxicology unit undertakes a variety of research projects to evaluate innovative in vitro technologies to investigate these mechanisms of genetic damage, which is an important component of human risk assessment.

Students undertaking a placement in genetic toxicology will perform a research project to consist of literature review and the establishment of expertise in one or more of the following technologies: mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, microscopy and image analysis. Following appropriate training, students will be expected to conduct independent research and collate and analyse experimental data, write reports/summaries and a dissertation at the end of year. They will also be expected to present the results of their work at the annual students review and external meetings, as appropriate.

In addition, working alongside experienced genetic toxicology experts, students will develop knowledge of the drug development process and the role of safety assessment and genetic toxicology; be involved in general laboratory management duties throughout the year to gain valuable experience in the daily workings of an industrial genetic toxicology lab to directly support the screening of potential new medicines; develop scientific, IT and other core skills.

What we are looking for


Must be studying an undergraduate degree relating to genetics

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
  • medicine

Additional job details

Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

We recruit on an on-going basis and prioritise applications based on the application date. Applications will close 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 2021.

  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 15 December 2020

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Closing date:  15 December 2020

Expires13 days

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