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Structural and Biophysical Sciences Industrial Placement

Job description

What does a Structural and Biophysical Sciences Industrial Placement have to offer?

Structural & Biophysical Sciences (SBS) is a part of the Medicinal Science & Technology directorate at GSK which focuses on early stage small molecule and antibody drug discovery. This department uses state-of-the-art technologies, such as X-ray crystallography [1], electron microscopy [2], hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry [3] and surface plasmon resonance [4], to support drug discovery efforts as part of therapeutic program teams. Our goal is to understand how small molecules and antibodies interact with disease causing proteins and help translate this knowledge to better design new medicines.

We are a diverse team of about a dozen people, ranging from experienced researchers with decades of drug discovery expertise, to early career scientists yet to complete their PhD/BSc studies. As individuals we enjoy a challenge, but also working as a team, as the complex questions we are asked to solve often require us to work closely together and with colleagues from other departments such as computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry and biology, to make real progress at speed.

We are seeking two enthusiastic students with an aptitude for problem solving, good attention to detail and a keen interest in biophysical and structural sciences to join our group for a year. The roles are primarily laboratory based although computational competence and experience in scientific software such as Excel, Graphpad, R, Coot, Pymol, etc is highly desirable.

What we are looking for


  • Must be on track for a 2.2 or higher in your 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 on 23 October 2019.

The interview process will be a full day event at our Stevenage campus where applicants will have the opportunity to meet with staff and tour our facilities.

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 6 October 2019

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Closing date:  6 October 2019

Expires21 days

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