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Fall Co-op/Process Analytics

Department Description
This position is in the Drug Substance Development Process Engineering and PAT (Process Analytical Technology) group, part of the GSK Pharmaceutical Research and Development division, based at the Upper Providence site. The group is responsible for applying process engineering, PAT, and associated modeling to the development of new active pharmaceutical ingredient (API, Drug Substance) process steps. Our work enables process understanding to characterize critical process attributes, optimize process conditions, and provide end point control. 

Job Description
This position is for a Co-op Student interested in learning to develop online analytical and modeling methods for various drug substance manufacturing processing steps. The Co-op Student will work with the Process Engineering and PAT group and other GSK scientists (e.g. synthetic chemists, materials scientists, analytical chemists, modelers, formulators) to provide real-time in-situ data to characterize, optimize, and control unit operations such as synthesis, distillation, crystallization, milling, drying, etc..). Offline analyses will also be performed as needed to support the online work. The Co-op Student will generally work on the following:
  • Learn and undertake setting up, operating and maintaining PAT equipment to collect process data for developing PAT methods (e.g. Mid IR, Raman, NIR, HPLC, MS, Particle Size, pH, oxygen, conductivity, etc.)
  • Prepare materials (e.g. solutions, solid blends, chemical reactions) for analysis
  • Learn to interpret spectral and other data for online trending of critical process parameters in various unit operations.
  • Apply data to provide process understanding that facilitates optimization and control
  • Data analysis may include statistical and multivariate chemometric methods
  • Develop and deliver technical presentations to GSK staff and project teams.  

Minimum Qualifications
  • Pursuing a BS, MS, or PhD degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or related majors.
  • Completed at least 2 semesters of chemistry courses.
  • Demonstrate basic laboratory experience.
  • Must be able to work full-time (35-40 hours/week) throughout the 6 month co-op.
  • Must have an active student status and/or within 12 months post-graduation from a BS or MS degree program. Post-doctoral candidates are not eligible. 

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous research experience
  • Demonstrated good teamwork skills
  • Basic understanding of general chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumentation
  • Basic knowledge of organic chemical structures and reactions
  • Strong software and data manipulation skills in Excel, MATLAB, and other relevant software
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills

  • While GSK embraces a flexible work environment, we do require certain positions to be onsite. Candidates who are hired for an on-site role and reside outside of 50-miles from their assigned work location are eligible for relocation stipend. This is a one-time payment to help offset housing & relocation expenses. Please refer to the position details for the requirements of each position.
  • GSK Interns and Co-ops are offered a competitive hourly pay rate and benefits. Please note, benefits eligibility determined the month following date of hire.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Must successfully pass a drug screen and background check prior to assignment target start date.
  • If your skillsets are a match for this role, you will be contacted by our recruitment team with next steps to complete our internal World of GSK Assessment.
  • Please note, you must receive a passing score to move forward in the interview process. Once your assessment is complete, a recruiter will review your results and be in touch with next steps.