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Student Programmer Analyst Industrial Placement

Job description

What does a Student Programmer Analyst industrial placement have to offer?
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a world leading research-based pharmaceutical company. We are committed to developing new medicines of value in many therapeutic areas, including: oncology, HIV, infectious diseases and global health, immuno-inflammation, respiratory and vaccines.

We are a leader in the important area of vaccines, and we also have a consumer healthcare portfolio comprising over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and oral care products, all of which are among the market leaders.

In the UK, professional statisticians, programmers and data analysts are employed to support the research programmes of GSK’s new medicines—from early research through to launching a new product. The increasing amount of sound scientific data generated from well-designed experiments, from high throughput screening of chemical compounds to phase I-IV clinical trials to establish safety and efficacy in patients, mean statistical programmers have a crucial role to play in support of major drug development decisions.

As part of GlaxoSmithKline’s on-going commitment to education and development, there is a Programmer Analyst opportunity for a student who wishes to undertake an industrial placement of one year starting in September 2020 in the CMC Statistics department’s Statistical Computing Team, based at Ware in Hertfordshire.

The Statistical Computing Team develops and supports statistical and numerical software for statisticians in the department and scientists in pre-clinical development internationally.

You will be closely involved in the work of the department and will undertake a variety of training to improve both technical and personal skills.

The placement will provide you with experience of software development in a regulated industry where quality is paramount. You will write programs using either SAS, Visual Basic or R, work in close consultation with professional Programmer Analysts, and learn how to interact effectively with colleagues and customers.

In addition, you will also assist with routine support activities including the responsibility for the department’s website.

GSK R&D at Ware recruits a number of IP students every year. All successful students will be invited for an onsite familiarisation meeting in June, where they will have the opportunity to meet their colleagues, and other students prior to start of their placement.

What we are looking for


  • Must be on track for a 2.2 (or above) in computing combined with mathematics, statistics or a numerate scientific discipline, or alternatively in computing with a strong A level in mathematics or statistics.
  • 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: expected to take place in January 2020.

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. 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 2020.

  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 8 December 2019

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Closing date:  8 December 2019

Expires16 days

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