GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
work experience

Material Science Industrial Placement

Job description

What does a Material Science industrial placement have to offer?

Pharmaceutical materials science is about understanding and evaluating how materials used for drug, medical device and consumer healthcare products are transformed through manufacturing processes into the final form the patient and/or consumer will use.

These materials are typically active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s), pharmaceutical excipients (a substance formulated alongside the active ingredient in a drug product used, e.g. as a diluents, binder, lubricant, drug release modifier) or formulated products (e.g. tablets, creams, ointments).

It is a broad discipline involving both chemical and physical sciences. The technical Materials Science team use our specialist technical knowledge and advanced / novel physical properties characterisation techniques (such as microscopy, laser diffraction, moisture and gas adsorption, x-ray diffraction, powder flow, image analysis) to support our manufacturing sites to resolve complex problems across the many dose forms/products manufactured by GSK. We also support our manufacturing sites in ensuring we are successful when changing the materials we use in our formulations.

Whichever role you go into you will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as; team working, effective communication and time management.

You will work with and learn from an experienced team of Materials Scientists from multiple disciplines; they will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential.

What we are looking for

We are looking for well-organised, patient-focused students who are passionate about problem solving with others to manufacture our products.


Must be on track for a 2:1 (or above) in a related chemical science undergraduate degree; e.g. analytical chemistry, chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, materials science.

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

  • chemistry
  • materials science
  • pharmacy and pharmacology

Additional job details

Competitive salary

How to apply

The assessment centre for successful applicants is expected to take place during the week of 2 December 2019.

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.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 16 October 2019

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Closing date:  16 October 2019

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