Research and development (Vaccines)

Juan Camilo
R&D (Vaccines)

Programme overview 

Work with other dedicated professionals from R&D to develop innovative vaccines that address real public health needs and have the potential to save the lives of many people worldwide. Our vaccines portfolio includes meningitis, rotavirus, hepatitis and influenza vaccines, and covers vaccines for children, adolescents, adults, travellers and the elderly.

We offer you the chance to pursue a career centred on specific vaccine projects. You will have the opportunity to grow and develop within the company thanks to a tailored programme of training, mentoring and work experience.

What do we look for in a candidate?

This career path is highly competitive and attracts scientists from many scientific disciplines. Ideally you will hold a PhD or postdoc degree in a scientific field or an MD. Alternatively, you might have a Masters degree in a scientific discipline and an additional secondary degree (e.g. in business, finance or public health).

Postdoc fellows will have a maximum of two years’ postdoc experience.

Candidates holding a medical degree will have completed their foundation.

Candidates holding a double Masters degree or a PhD will have a maximum of two years’ professional experience.

All our candidates need to be fluent in English. Being able to speak the home site language is not mandatory.

  • Passion for science
  • Technical strength
  • Innovation
  • Real interest in the pharmaceutical and vaccines world
  • Analytical/ comfortable with data
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to build trustful relationships with stakeholders
  • Quick learner

Read more about Andres' experience at GSK

"When I finished my doctoral studies in bio-engineering, my next step wasn’t clear to me. I felt I had achieved my goals within academia and I knew I wanted to transition into a corporate environment. But how? Where would my skills fit? What opportunities were out there for people like me?"

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What will you do

  • You will see how biology, chemistry and medicine come together in the world of vaccines
  • Understand how new products become a reality
  • You will learn about the process of developing vaccines
  • You will manage projects together with multidisciplinary teams
  • You will source and analyse complex information in order to support decision making process  
  • You will be part of a truly diverse network, working with graduates from all over the world
  • You will gain a good understanding of all areas of GSK and GSK Vaccines, from R&D activities to the commercial organization

Experience and rotations

  • 2 years

  • 3 rotations

During this two-year graduate development programme you will gain a broad and insightful experience of GSK’s Vaccines R&D business, thanks to three rotations within different R&D departments, including one six-month assignment abroad.

You will start with a one-year rotation in a hands-on role involved with core activities in R&D Vaccines.

You will also have the opportunity to see science in action in our labs, be part of a vaccines development project team, discover our clinical activities, experience contact with our customers or learn about the risk and compliance side of vaccine production.

Read about Juan's experience at GSK

"While I was a trained doctor, I wanted to move away from practicing medicine, and I wanted a role that would allow me to gain international experience. So when I discovered that GSK had a Future Leaders Programme (FLP) in Belgium, I did not hesitate – and now here I am, all the way from Colombia."

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What happens next

This experience will equip you to become a leader of the future and will provide you with a solid foundation for a variety of R&D careers within the pharmaceutical industry.


Belgium, Italy

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