Process Chemist

GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title: Process Chemist


Reference Number: 2012e


Salary: Competitive


Degree Requirements: Must be on track for a 2.1 (or above) in chemistry or chemistry related undergraduate degree. Bio-science related degrees are not accepted.


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.


Location: Montrose (Scotland)


Duration: 1 year (approximately)


Detailed Description of the role:


Keen to help us fight major diseases?


Working within a multi-disciplinary team of chemists, analysts and engineers at one of our leading manufacturing sites. Your role as a Process Development Chemist will give you valuable hands on experience for working in the field of synthetic organic chemistry. Key roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Developing process improvements to existing manufacturing processes to maximise yields, reduce cycle times, processing costs and to minimise waste.
  • Redevelop processes in order to improve process safety and maintain compliancy with modern REACH regulations.
  • Improving process understanding and process robustness
  • Synthesising novel analytical impurity standards.
  • Supporting and troubleshooting processing issues encountered during the manufacture of commercial products.
  • Supporting the technical transfer of new product introductions into the Montrose site.


During your 12 months placement you will gain valuable experience as an organic chemist including:

  • The routine use of modern laboratory equipment including automated CLR equipment (LARA and ATLAS systems).
  • Learning key laboratory procedures including reaction set up, distillations, crystallisations, drying, and column chromatography purification techniques.
  • The use of search engines including SciFinder to conduct literature searches to aid process development.
  • The use and interpretation of key analytical techniques including HPLC, NMR, LCMS, IR and Karl Fischer.
  • You will work with and learn from an experienced team of analysts and chemists who will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential.


We are looking for well-organised student whose passionate about organic chemistry and keen to work within a team setting to deliver world class drugs to our patients.


Details of the role at Montrose:

  • You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of synthetic organic chemists, analytical scientists and  material scientists. In this role you will be undertaking synthetic organic chemistry experiments to support process improvements, route changes, mimic plant conditions for new chemical entities, impurity synthesis and impurity process mapping, etc.
  • You will also gain practical experience in spectroscopic characterisation (NMR/ FTIR and MS), reaction monitoring (open access HPLC), preparative separation methods, COSHH and the regulatory aspects inherent in an active pharmaceutical environment.
  • Equipment/Techniques: Standard Lab Synthesis Kit, Automated Controlled Lab Reactors, Reaction Carousels, Design Expert 10, automated column chromatography, Open Access HPLC/ NMR/ FTIR.


Additional Details: The Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in the week commencing the 25th of November 2019.


Closing date for applications: Wednesday 16th October 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.


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​