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In Vivo/In Vitro Translation Industrial Placements

Job description

Multiple roles - please read below about the positions we are recruiting for, when you apply you will be able to select three preferences. We will accommodate your preference where possible.

  • Role 1: Preclinical In Vivo Imaging Scientist: Stevenage

We have a unique opportunity for an Industrial Placement Student to take up a one-year placement as an in vivo Imaging Scientist, commencing in August 2021. This bespoke role will be within the in vivo Bioimaging group based in Stevenage and offers a large variety of opportunities to gain an insight into multiple therapeutic areas that align with the company strategy, as well as supporting key functions within the research and development (R&D) process.

  • Role 2: Discovery drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK): Stevenage

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.  

  • Role 3: Biomarker scientist: Stevenage

We have an exciting position working in the Exploratory Biomarker Assay Group within Bioanalysis, Immunogenicity and Biomarkers (BIB). The role of the Exploratory Biomarker Scientist is to work closely with pre-clinical and clinical project teams to define and deliver biomarker strategies to support translation of GSK’s rapidly expanding biopharmaceutical and small molecule portfolio into successful early phase clinical studies.

  • Role 4: Bioanalyst scientist: Stevenage/Ware

You will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technologies, including LC-MS/MS and ELISA. The nature of our multi-disciplinary projects will also expose you to a plethora of different experts and functions within the drug development process.

  • Role 5: Global Investigative Safety: Ware

The placement will be positioned within the Global Investigative Safety group, who design and execute customised transcriptional and cellular assays to investigate and validate mechanistic hypotheses regarding safety across all phases in development, with expertise in mitochondrial, lysosomal, gastrointestinal and liver toxicity.

  • Role 6: Cell Imaging & Dynamics Biologist: Stevenage

The Bioimaging department 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 resolutions.

  • Role 7: Evaluation of different xeno-free synthetic ECMs for suitability in supporting biological function in complex in vitro models: Stevenage

Our group Complex In Vitro Models (CIVM) sits under the In Vitro In Vivo Translation (IVIVT) Department and our mission is to develop more predictable, physiologically relevant in vitro models to increase clinical translation.

  • Role 8: Comparative and Translational Sciences: Stevenage

The placement student will provide scientific support to project teams for the utilisation of models and novel biomarkers in drug discovery and development. Furthermore, the student will contribute to the characterisation of human relevant models such as those used for dermal, respiratory, liver or oncology diseases.

  • Role 9: Immunological Toxicology: Ware

The successful candidate will gain insights into experimental non-clinical safety assessment relating to immunological toxicology, as well as broader experience of working in the pharmaceutical industry. You will learn in vitro techniques such as multi-colour flow cytometry, ELISA/MSD, transcriptomic analysis, cell culture, and associated analysis techniques.

Scope of the roles

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.

What we are looking for


Must be studying an undergraduate life sciences degree in a biology, chemistry, pharmacology related field. A-levels in biology and chemistry or equivalent - please read the degree requirements for each role carefully.

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

  • pharmacy and pharmacology
  • biology and life sciences
  • mathematics
  • chemistry
  • chemical engineering
  • 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 virtual assessment centre dates.

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. Virtual assessment centre

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 16 October 2020

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Closing date:  16 October 2020

Expires19 days

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