Research and development

Learn how you can excel in R&D at GSK on our Future Leaders Graduate Programme.


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The work of Biostatistics underpins GSK R&D's ability to make high quality decisions across the product development lifecycle, both Pharma and Vaccines, leading to lower late-phase attrition rates, greater probability of first cycle approval and reliable manufacturing processes for producing medicinal products at acceptable cost.

Inspired to help us get ahead together? Apply for the Biostatistics Future Leaders programme at GSK today! 

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with top clinical scientists and operational experts in the delivery of clinical trial results to progress medicines through drug development. 
  • Gain insights into defining programming strategies for clinical trial reporting and regulatory submissions (planning and execution) 
  • Receive training in SAS, R and other programming languages and then be asked to apply your newly acquired skills for hands on analysis and reporting of clinical trial data, in adherence to study protocols and statistical analysis plans. 
  • Explore and wrangle complex data sources 
  • Apply modelling techniques to data in order to answer business questions across Development 
  • Produce analytics and visualisations to improve presentation and interpretation of results. 
  • Develop tools (applications and coding packages) to support modern Biostatistics ways of working 
  • Become familiar with industry-wide best practice and help to define and support the use of standards across the Clinical Programming function  


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You will need:

  • An analytical, innovative and flexible mindset
  • The ability to deal with complexity comfortably
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • A resilient and ‘can do’ attitude with scientific reasoning
  • An interest in the analysis of scientific data, a keen eye for detail and high quality
  • Experience with at least one programming language (R, Python or SAS)
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 Clinical Operations

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Our mission in GCO, is to unite science, talent and technology to accelerate the provision of high quality clinical data to deliver the medicines and vaccines pipeline.

We are looking for Future Leaders in R&D Clinical Operations. If you are a graduate with the passion to take accountability for planning and leading the delivery of a study to ensure it is delivered on time, to a high quality, within budget and all in line with company standards and scientific requirements, then this is a role for you! 

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the drug development process  
  • Enable medicines and vaccines to reach patients worldwide 
  • Gain broad experience across the field of Clinical Research 
  • Develop your business skills and understanding of the Pharmaceutical industry 
  • Learn to manage projects and prioritise tasks 
  • Work across a global matrix organisation  
  • Gain experience across a variety of therapeutic areas 
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You will need:

  • To be a motivated and proactive graduate 
  • A passion for science and delivering medicines and vaccines to patients
  • The ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to understand and balance the broader business needs with the needs of the specific study 
  • Highly developed communication skills and the ability to promote effective decision making
  • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills
  • The ability to build internal and external relationships at all levels in a highly dynamic and matrixed environment 
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Project management skills 
  • Creative thinker able to demonstrate through study delivery
  • Effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills 
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Data Science in biopharmaceutical medicine design and development

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Use data to uncover answers and deliver insights that can help us get ahead of disease. 

We are looking for Future Leaders in Data Science

Are you ready to use data to develop results that amplify our science?

If so, then bring that enthusiasm here. Together, we can generate new insights that increase the probability of creating transformational medicines for patients using advanced analytics, data science and machine learning.

Develop your career 

If you are a graduate with the desire to create big solutions that revolutionise treatment for patients, this is a role for you. 


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure across key areas of medicine design through three rotations, example could include Computational Sciences, Biopharm Discovery and Protein, Cellular and Structural Sciences
  • Learn how to integrate complex protein structure, pharmacological and biophysics data from a range of sources to deliver analytics that enable decision making in medicine design
  • Learn how to de-risk and accelerate Biopharmaceutical assets into clinical manufacture and onward late-stage development
  • Develop exceptional skills in data science, visualisation and scientific communication
  • Operate in multidisciplinary teams and deliver real impact
  • Interact with partners to develop testable hypotheses and deliver data analysis that enables decision making at pace in medicine design and development
  • Influence scientific business decisions using data to answer specific questions
  • Collaborate with business and tech partners to evaluate and implement new data solutions
  • Develop skills to perform analysis on multiparametric datasets to progress Biopharmaceutical medicine design and development, while all the time gaining hands on experience using state-of-the art platforms and capabilities 


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You will need:

  • A BS or MS/PhD in Data Science, Computer Science, Maths, or Scientific/Engineering Discipline with a strong numerical/computational component
  • Passion for the design and discovery of transformational medicines
  • A ‘disruptive’ mindset, proposing new and innovative approaches to challenging scientific problems
  • Experience using numerical/computational methods for quantitative data analysis
  • An understanding of how to incorporate scientific principles into data analysis
  • A proactive, self-motivated, and flexible approach with a talent for multitasking and adapting to change
  • A gift for building strong relationships with key stakeholders


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Regulatory Affairs

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Help us maintain standards to improve lives 

Help us make sure our medicines are safe, effective, and always high quality. That is how we can deliver what matters most, better and faster.

We are looking for Future Leaders in Regulatory Affairs

Are you an analytical graduate who can help us ensure our medicines meet rigorous legal standards? This will be your challenge within our dedicated Regulatory Affairs department. It is here that we advise on legal and scientific requirements; collect, collate, and evaluate scientific data in order to confirm the quality, safety and efficacy of our drugs – and keep track of changing global health authority requirements.

We have to meet stringent standards as part of the registration for clinical trials and marketing approvals across the world. You can be instrumental in this crucial process. Working with different areas of the function, other departments and colleagues from around the world, you will get an unparalleled insight into a critical team and the chance to provide expert guidance. 

Develop your leadership potential and career

If you are a graduate with the talent and ambition to lead others, we will help you develop the expertise to become one of our Future Leaders. Over two years, our Future Leaders graduate programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You will have stretching rotations supporting areas such as Therapeutic, Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC), Labelling or the UK and Ireland business. As you experience these varied fields of expertise, you will learn exactly what it takes to get a drug approved.

As well as honing your technical skills, you will gain valuable leadership training through a combination of mentoring, classroom sessions and on-the-job training.

Learn more about a career in Regulatory Affairs

One thing that excites me about regulatory affairs is that every day is different! Working with various functional teams and bringing together technical expertise to deliver compliant regulatory licenses for GSK's diverse portfolio has taught me so much.


Regulatory Affairs FLP, UK

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain broad experience across the field of Regulatory Affairs
  • Learn about drug development and registration on a tailored development programme 
  • Enable medicines to reach patients worldwide
  • Manage projects and prioritise tasks
  • Develop your business skills and understand our industry
  • Build your knowledge of the drug development process, as well as regulatory agency guidelines and expectations
  • Learn about the principles of regulatory agency review processes and more
  • Take part in coaching sessions to support your development and training 

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You will need:

  • A BSc or MSc/PhD in a Life Science
  • To be a motivated and proactive graduate who is looking for a career in regulatory affairs
  • A gift for building strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • The ability to adapt to change
  • An analytical mind with an eye for detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • To be a natural team worker
  • A passion for science


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Developing vaccines that save lives 

Help us research and develop the vaccines that can improve the lives of billions of people across the world. 

We are looking for Future Leaders in Research and Development (Vaccines)

If you are an innovative graduate who is keen to develop vaccines that meet real public health needs, join us and let’s get ahead of disease together.

At GSK, we have one of the broadest portfolios of vaccines including meningitis, rotavirus, hepatitis and influenza vaccines, and we cover vaccines for children, adolescents, adults, travellers and the elderly.

Through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and work experience, you will learn all about our vaccines business while honing your scientific and technical skills. There will also be the chance to pursue a career focused on specific vaccine projects. This popular and highly competitive career path attracts scientists from many disciplines.

Develop your career

On your two-year Future Leaders graduate programme you will experience three stretching rotations in different R&D teams.

First, you will get to work on core activities within the R&D Vaccines function. Through this one-year hands-on role, and your later placements, you will see science in action in our labs, discover new technology platforms, understand how a vaccines development project works, participate in clinical research activities, work with external collaborators, or learn about the risk and compliance side of vaccine discovery and development.

You will benefit from learning and development tailored to your goals, as well as the business needs, setting you up for success in your chosen area. After you complete our Future Leaders programme, you will have acquired new skills and a solid foundation opening doors to a variety of R&D careers within the pharmaceutical industry. 

Everything that you do here at GSK, in any team, is striving is to help people.


R&D (Vaccines), US

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how new vaccines become reality on a tailored development programme
  • Learn about new technology platforms
  • Manage projects together with multidisciplinary teams
  • Source and analyse complex data to help us make key decisions
  • Contribute to the introduction of innovative approaches to improve standard processes
  • Collaborate with top scientists and experts
  • Be part of a diverse network, working with graduates from all over the world 


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You will need:

  • A Medical Doctor degree (you need to have completed your foundation), ideally with experience in public health, or an Epidemiologist degree, a PhD in Immunology or Microbiology, or a PhD in Data sciences/Computer sciences/Bioinformatics
  • Fluent business English
  • A passion for science and a real interest in the pharmaceutical and vaccines world
  • Innovative and flexible/agile mindset
  • The ability to deal with complexity
  • Strong problem-solving abilities
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills


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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?


R&D (Vaccines)

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