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There are multiple routes into GSK if you’re looking for a standout career. If you want the broad exposure of a rotational programme, our Future Leaders programme is for you. We also offer exciting non-programme roles and have a wealth of technical and business roles available via Direct Entry.

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Why GSK?

  • Play your part in helping patients around the world to do more, feel better and live longer.
  • Take on responsibility fast in a purpose-led, performance-driven healthcare business.
  • Learn from, and work alongside, some amazing people; build your peer and professional network.
  • Develop your technical and soft skills; grow as a person and professional, every day.
  • Open up a wide range of career paths – as a specialist professional or leader.
  • Feel free to be who you are – in an open, welcoming culture with a focus on wellbeing. 

We want to represent the modern world that we live, work and compete in, so every single employee can feel supported when they come to work at GSK, and give the best of themselves every day.

Emma Walmsley


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GSK is a place where you can be the real you. Find out more about Inclusion & Diversity at GSK.

PhD Programme

Are you a graduate chemist, with an excellent MSc or MChem degree? We’ve collaborated with Strathclyde University to provide studentships for a research-based PhD at GSK. It’s your opportunity to work on the identification of new medicines within GSK research and development teams.

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The GSK-Strathclyde Collaborative PhD Programme

Since 2012, in a unique award-winning relationship, GSK and the University of Strathclyde have collaborated to provide studentships for graduate chemists to complete a research-based PhD at GSK. Students are registered with the University of Strathclyde and will have the opportunity to work at GSK’s flagship Medicines Research Centre at Stevenage, while also spending time at the University of Strathclyde.

Applicants require or will be in line to obtain an excellent MSci or MChem degree, or equivalent, in chemistry, together with well-developed theoretical and practical skills; high levels of innovation, creativity, and the ability to solve complex problems are also required. Students will also need to be motivated for chemistry and science in a more general sense, with strong communication skills.

Students on the collaborative programme work on a PhD project that will drive forward the identification of new medicines within the research and development teams at GSK. Specifically, studentships are available in the areas of medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, process chemistry and technologies to study target ligand interactions, with the postgraduate researchers being based, primarily, at GSK Stevenage for the 3.5 year studentship duration. During this time, each PhD researcher will be co-supervised by Strathclyde chemistry academics together with a senior scientist from GSK and will have the opportunity to spend 3 to 6 months at the University of Strathclyde. In this way, students are able to gain the maximum benefit from being associated with both an outstanding university and a leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company.

Successful completion of the programme and you will receive an industry/academic leading PhD degree, incorporating extensive industry experience and associated expertise.

Students are selected via a joint review (GSK/Strathclyde) of CV/cover letter and an associated interview process based at GSK Stevenage.

How to apply

Candidates, including Final Year undergraduate students, should send a covering letter, highlighting specific area(s) of interest, and a CV along with detailed subject examination grades, and the names and contact information for two referees to this email.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th November 2021.

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