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Analytical Chemistry Industrial Placement

Job/scheme locations: 
Barnard Castle, Ware and Worthing (Penicillin site)
Type of opportunity: 
Application deadline: 

An analytical chemistry placement will give you hands on practical application of analytical techniques. You’ll be contributing to ensuring our pharmaceutical products are manufactured to stringent quality and safety standards by;

  • Learning how to test a variety of products using a range of equipment from pH and viscosity meters to HPLC, Gas Chromatography and UV spectroscopy.
  • Following all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and being compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Performing equipment performance checks and calibration.
  • Creating, reviewing and validating methods as well as updating laboratory documentation and writing technical reports.
  • Creating testing and auditing cleaning protocols
  • To take part in Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and continuous improvement projects

Job Purpose: To perform lab testing and data analysis as well as supporting other operations within the laboratory environment.

What we are looking for: Well-organised, patient-focused students who are passionate about using analytical techniques to ensure our products are manufactured to stringent quality and safety standards.

Barnard Castle

You will be part of a team looking at re-developing and validating analytical test methods for a variety of products made on site (tablets, creams and ointments, sterile injectables and inhaled products). This will include the creation of test plans and hypothesis, execution of these test plans and the completion of test reports to meet regulatory expectations. You will also be involved in new product testing.


You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists focussing on the respiratory and HIV portfolio of products. In this role you will be undertaking analytical chemistry experiments to support analytical methods and their validation throughout their lifecycle. Projects are based around method and technology improvements for the analytical methods used across the business. The successful candidate will also gain experience in the ancillary supporting systems, such as COSHH, method validation reviews and GMP requirements.


You will be part of a team involved in the development and implementation of new analytical methods in supporting innovative projects in the field of biotechnology using a range of analytical techniques. Your daily job will involve a mixture of routine and non-routine analysis to support fermentation development for the Manufacturing and Research & Development businesses.


 You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists, material scientists and synthetic organic chemists. In this role you will be undertaking analytical chemistry experiments to support analytical method and process improvements, method development, technology transfers, route changes, impurity characterisation and mapping, etc. This work is very often non-routine in nature.

As well as augmenting their chromatography skills, the candidate will get valuable experience in spectroscopic characterisation (NMR/FTIR/MS), material science and method development/validation. Outside of direct laboratory expertise, the candidate will gain experience of the application of DOE/MVA, COSHH and the regulatory aspects (GMP, etc) inherent in an active pharmaceutical environment.


 You will be part of the quality control teams undertaking quality testing and decision making to assure the best product possible reaches the consumer. The team is fast paced and well structured, meaning learning is intense, but hugely satisfying. Products manufactured at this site include Sensodyne and Aquafresh toothpaste and mouthwash.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14th October 2020

Degree Requirements: 
Must be studying an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or chemistry-related degrees.

You will have completed a minimum of 2 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.

Additional Details:
The virtual Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in the latter part of November / beginning of December.

We recruit on an on-going basis and prioritise applications based on the application date.  

Applications will close when we have filled our virtual 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. Virtual Assessment Centre​

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More about this vacancy

South East, North East, East Midlands
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5