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R&D Data Science Graduate Programme, UK, 2021

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Graduate scheme
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Discover our R&D Data Science Graduate programme

Education required: BSc (2:2 or better) or MSc/PhD in Data Science, Computer Science, Maths or Bioinformatics 

Assessment centre dates: 14th December 2020

Application deadline:

We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

Other requirements: Must be eligible to work in the UK at the time of, and for the duration of employment.

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

R&D Data Science Graduate programme

Medicinal Science & Technology (MST) within Pharma R&D is accountable for ensuring that GSK has access to technology that amplifies our science and provides new insights that support the development of potentially life-saving drugs.

You’ll join a team that delivers scientific expertise and platform capabilities including Data and Computational Sciences, Functional Genomics, Chemical Biology and Biopharmaceutical Platforms. Your goal? To ensure that we have the best modality and molecules for development in a particular disease area. Within MST, there are a number of lines which support this process, designing and delivering the high-quality molecules which are needed for clinical evaluation.

What is involved in the Data Science Graduate programme?

Over two years, you’ll undertake three stretching rotations across our Data and Computational Sciences, Medicine Design and/or Process Development teams within MST, at our Stevenage site. These rotations are part of will provide you with the knowledge, technical capability and confidence to be highly successful in the position and beyond.  During the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other graduates during training and networking events. Meanwhile, we’ll bring you up speed with our values and expectations through training and personal development courses.

Exceptional skills in scientific communication and data visualisation will allow you to work effectively with leaders and team members by, for example, designing a dashboard to present datasets and analyses clearly. Meanwhile, you’ll provide organisational insights for objective, data-driven decision-making.

What will you do?:

  • Work with therapy area experts to create action plans to translate activity of selected molecules into a testable medicine hypothesis. 
  • Encourage the use of data science and machine learning in the drug development
  • Deliver high quality analyses and visualisations of data to enable early decision-making around biological target and compound selections. 
  • Understand pharmacological principles and interpret quantitative data sets from compound profiling experiments. 
  • Implement innovative analytical and IT solutions that are capable of handling large multiparametric datasets 
  • Shape and define strategy and success in this area.  
  • Work across matrix organisations and with commercial partners to evaluate and implement new data handling solutions. 

Tailored training – and great career progression

We’ll tailor your training and development to suit your talents and ambition, as well as our business needs, setting you up for success in your chosen niche. After you complete the programme, you’ll have the skills to become a leader of the future. There’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • gaining experience in the growing field of data science within the pharmaceutical industry
  • learning how to combine complex biological/chemical data from a range of sources
  • acquiring valuable data analytics and statistics skills
  • learning how to perform analyses on multiparametric datasets to test hypotheses to design medicines
  • gaining insights into influencing business decisions with data

You’ll need:

  • A passion for biological sciences and medicine 
  • An aptitude for programming, mathematics and statistics
  • To be a motivated and proactive graduate with a talent for multi-tasking 
  • A gift for building strong relationships with key stakeholders  
  • The ability to adapt to change  
  • A ‘disruptive’ mindset, proposing novel approaches to challenging scientific problems  
  • An analytical mind and an eye for detail  
  • Excellent communication skills 

Benefits include:

  • A competitive base salary
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Relocation Allowance (eligibility will be confirmed once your first location is confirmed)
  • Access to healthcare and well-being programs, pension plan membership, savings programs, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programs, which reward exceptional achievements
  • Long-term incentives through shared ownership link your rewards to our longer-term performance
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programs

Apply now

We’ll close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible. You’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us.


We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

Need help with your application?

We’ll make all reasonable modifications to support you throughout the recruitment process and we’ll treat all information you give us in confidence. Please get in touch to help us process your application as soon as possible.

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More about this vacancy

East of England
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5