Process Chemist

GSK Undergraduate Industrial Placement Job Title: Process Chemist Industrial Placement

SRG reference: 2012f

Salary: Competitive

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

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 - Primary API

Duration: 1 year (approximately)

Detailed Description of the role:

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.
  • Redeveloping processes in order to improve process safety and maintain compliance 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.
During your placement you will gain valuable experience as an organic chemist including:
  • The routine use of 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.
  • Analysing test results, data and writing technical reports
  • The use and interpretation of key analytical techniques including HPLC, NMR, LCMS, IR and Karl Fischer. 
You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of analytical scientists, material scientists and synthetic organic chemists. 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), 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.
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.

What we are looking for: 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.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14th October 2020

Additional Details: The Virtual Assessment Centre for successful applicants is expected to take place in the latter part of November / early 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