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Pharmaceutical Microbiology Industrial Placement

Job description

What does a Pharmaceutical Microbiology industrial placement have to offer?

We have an industrial placement opportunity for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in pharmaceutical microbiology within the Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Analytical department of Product Development and Supply for a period of 12 months.

During your placement you will work under supervision as a member of the Microbiology team. Your team will be aligned to the development of non-sterile and sterile dosage forms for clinical and commercial supply. You will work closely with your GSK supervisor in the planning and implementation of all aspects of your role. The placement is highly practically based, you will carry out a range of microbiological techniques to support the operation of the non- sterile secondary pilot plant and the development of new drugs.

You will work in a good manufacturing practice regulated environment and gain experience of microbiological techniques and processes aligned to the microbiological control of pharmaceutical dosage forms e.g. Environmental monitoring techniques, Water testing, Microbial identification, Method validation and testing. Your data may be used to make key project decisions and could be reported in submissions to external regulatory authorities.

What we are looking for

  • To fulfil this role, we are looking for someone who has a strong interest in pharmaceutical microbiology, is a good team worker with effective communication and problem-solving skills and has keen attention to detail.


  • Must be on track for a 2.2 (or above) in microbiology or applied biology 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

How to apply

The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in November 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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