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Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom (on-site)
19 days ago
Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom (on-site)
19 days ago


Job description


Role Available in Location: Montrose 

Education required:  To apply for this placement, you must be:  

Currently studying a degree in Chemistry, with a high content in organic chemistry or closely related degree such as medicinal chemistry which has a significant component of organic chemistry there-in. A passion for synthetic organic chemistry is a must. 

Other requirements:  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 must be enrolled at a UK (United Kingdom) or ROI (Republic of Ireland) university for the duration of your placement. 


If you have already graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and are currently studying a postgraduate Masters, you are not eligible for this programme. 


Language requirement: Written and spoken fluency in English  


Expected Start date: August 2024  


Duration: 1 year (approximately) 


Salary: A salary of £21,400 plus a bonus  


Application Closing: Wednesday 11th October 2023 (this is the date we anticipate the job will be removed from the website and no longer taking new applications). 


Please note these dates are subject to change as we may close this vacancy when we have enough applications. We recommend that you apply and complete all stages of your application as soon as you can, so we can consider your application 


Are you looking to gain valuable real world work experience and help positively impact the lives of others?  


A GSK internship offers you the opportunity to kickstart your career to take on a real role with genuine impact. You'll take on challenging tasks within live projects or assignments.  You'll also get to learn from others in your team and other parts of GSK whilst developing your skills and gaining valuable experience for wherever the future takes you.  

Global Supply Chain (GSC) is the group within GSK that is responsible for making and supplying medicines and vaccines across the globe. At our manufacturing sites we produce over 2.3 billion medication packs and vaccines doses to 90% of the world's countries. 

Your role as an organic chemist will give you valuable hands-on experience for working as part of a multidisciplinary team of synthetic organic chemists, material scientists and analytical 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. 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. 

  • Improving process understanding and robustness 

  • Synthesising novel entities 

  • Supporting and troubleshooting processing issues encountered during the manufacture of commercial products. 


You will be applying the skills you already have and developing new skills such as: team working, problem solving and building relationships. You will work with and learn from an experienced team of organic chemists; they will coach and mentor you during your year to help you achieve your potential. 

Who are we looking for?   

  • A strong interest in organic chemistry 

  • To be a team player 

  • Be well organised 

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

  • Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned with GSK Culture. 


Role/Location: Montrose  

Our 45-acre primary manufacturing site at Montrose is within easy reach of Dundee and Aberdeen. It is our largest UK chemical manufacturing facility and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2022. The site has state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities, with a range of operations from reaction, distillation, crystallisation and filtration/drying. The site produces a wide range of active ingredients across more than 30 stages of chemistry for some of our most important medicines including respiratory, HIV and dermatological products. Every day, an estimated 30 million people take medication that includes an ingredient from Montrose. 


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

  • The use of laboratory equipment including automated lab equipment 

  • 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 

  • You will also gain practical experience in spectroscopic characterisation (NMR/ FTIR and MS), reaction monitoring (open access HPLC), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and the regulatory aspects inherent in an active pharmaceutical environment. 


This role will particularly suit if you want to gain experience working in a manufacturing site laboratory and have a passion for organic chemistry. 


What do we offer you?  

  • Salary of £21,400, plus a bonus  

  • Access to GSK resources, including employee assistance programmes, private healthcare and well-being programs.  

  • On-the-job experience, training and development, delivered through a mixture of coaching and mentoring  

  • A GSK placement which gives you the opportunity to take on a real role with genuine impact 

  • You will join IPUnite, GSK's community of over 250 students across all UK sites and business areas, run by the Industrial Placement students committee  

  • Once you accept your offer you will be invited to join LinkedIn groups and pre-joining webinars, to enable you to connect and network with new students  

Other Similar GSK Industrial Placements! 

You may also be interested in the following roles:  

GSK Careers job search - #ChemistryPlacements  

Let's do this! 

Please take a copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available post closure of the advert. 

Completion of your Full Application: Sunday 15th October 2023 (this is the anticipated date you will need to complete stages 1 to 3 below). 

Proposed Assessment / Interview Dates: From November 2023  

We will close this vacancy when we have enough applications, so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can so your application can be considered.  

This opportunity has the following recruitment stages you must successfully pass to be offered a placement year with GSK for 2024: 

  • Eligibility Form  

  • World of GSK Online Assessment  

  • Written Assessment  

  • Virtual Assessment Centre or Virtual Interview  

You'll find hints, tips and guidance on our recruitment process on our website here  

You can learn more about GSK and our careers here 

Apply now! 

We're 100% open to ALL people 

We're 100% open to all talent whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality, learning difference 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 also because it's the right thing to do. 

You can learn more about Inclusion and diversity at GSK here. 

Need help with your application? 

Please email us at or call us on 01582 692870 and let us know how we can help you. 

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 70652863
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Company Name For Job: GSK
  • Position Title: Organic Chemistry Industrial Placement, UK 2024
  • Area of Focus: Pharmaceutical
  • Job Function: Pharmacies
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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GSK is a global biopharma leader with a purpose – to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together – positively impacting the health of billions of people and delivering stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns. Getting ahead means preventing and treating disease, we aim to impact the health of 2.5 billion people globally in the next 10 years. Our R&D focus is to deliver a new generation of vaccines and medicines using the science of the immune system, human genetics and advanced technologie...

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