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Innovation Scientist (Oral Health) Industrial Placement

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Innovation scientist in Consumer healthcare, in the oral healthcare category supporting the development of new products from consumer insights, innovation conception right through to formulation. The Innovation Scientist will support the invention and development of oral care products by developing formulations and/or providing analysis and evaluation of material and products at all stages of the process, considering scientific and timing objectives. This individual would have various levels of involvement in areas which may be as diverse as; problem solving, validation of laboratory models, development and validation of analytical methods and development and scale-up of formulations. Areas of focus in the group are microbiology, cell biology, materials science, surface science, inorganic and organic chemistry, surfactants and polymers and therefore an interest in one or more of these areas would be expected.

Key responsibilities

  • Works on or contributes to the evaluation of new product ideas, opportunities or technologies and successfully helps transition them into the development pipeline
  • Work on initiatives to visualise the mode of action of products/treatments on tooth enamel, dentine and oral soft tissues
  • Considers or seeks the voice of the consumer in the evaluation of new ideas, opportunities or technologies and helps to establish early consumer input into early stage projects
  • Manages or contributes to one or more projects in support of departmental plans. Exercises a wide degree of technical sophistication in accomplishing assigned objectives.
  • Design experiments and carry out scientific work with an awareness of state-of-the-art technology. Creates research plans to fit overall project objectives.
  • Maintain awareness of scientific literature to assist work progression and understanding.
  • Write or contributes to technical papers, with agreement of superiors, to enhance personal and departmental reputation.
  • Maintain precise experimental records; issues reports at project milestones; writes invention records to protect scientific discoveries.
  • Set and reset priorities to remain focused on objectives in rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Ensure all work is conducted in accordance with written procedures (e.g. quality and safety), methods & batch documents, etc.
  • Identify, challenge, develop and implement written procedures (e.g. quality and safety), methods & batch documents, etc.
  • Ensure all work is conducted following good scientific practice (always) and Good Manufacturing Practice (where required).
  • Takes responsibility for specific equipment in accordance with site procedures.
  • Produce or contribute to, departmental quality documentation (including SOP’s, batch documentation, validation protocols & reports).
  • Highlight own training needs and working with manager develop a training plan and achieve training goals.
  • Specific safety and quality responsibilities for department and site (e.g. GMP, Audits, Health & Safety).
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the technical transfer of methods or processes.

What we are looking for

  • Ability to apply scientific principles and techniques to assigned projects.
  • Clear communicator in both oral and written form with both internal departments and external organisations.
  • Demonstrates ability to take initiative, think and work independently, problem-solve, work effectively in teams, and multitask.
  • An ability to organise and report study data from internal and external sources.
  • Flair for creativity and innovation
  • Computer literate.
  • Basic understanding of statistics and its application to experimental work.
  • Ability to influence senior stakeholders
  • Well-developed negotiation and influencing skills
  • An ability to organise, analyse and report data from internal and external sources.
  • Ability to manage and communicate across diverse cultures, time zones and geographies


Must be studying an undergraduate degree in a Chemical, Physical, Biological or related, science undergraduate degree.

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


Additional job details

Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in early February 2021.

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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