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Summer Intern/Protein Formulation Design


Department Description:

The drug product development steriles (DPD-Steriles) department is a core R&D function that supports our discovery Research Units in the design and development of new drug products. We bring together outstanding people across disciplines including formulation, packaging, biopharmaceutics, engineering, modelling and process analytics to develop innovative, robust and patient-centric medicines for sterile drug products from pre-clinical through the different phases of clinical development and commercialization. DPD-Steriles is accountable for the design, development and industrialisation of drug products and their manufacturing processes. 

Job Description:

This position will allow the selected candidate to:

  • Expand and apply knowledge in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, and material science, with data analytics skills to determine important factors impacting the stability of protein-based therapeutics.
  • Gain a deep understanding in principles of protein formulation design & product development.
  • Conduct high-throughput screening of biophysical properties for different protein formulations.
  • Evaluate quality attributes of proteins.
  • Summarize key findings via periodic meetings, presentations and reports.
  • At the end of the internship, you may have the opportunity to present the findings and conclusions to the department and externalize gained knowledge via presentation or publication.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a MS or PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Must be able to work full-time (40 hours/week) throughout the duration of the 12-week internship assignment (May/June - August).
  • 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.
  • Critical and analytical thinking.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Understanding of basic laboratory techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of injectable pharmaceutical formulations and manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in data analytics.
  • Experience with biophysical characterization of proteins.
  • Experience with making measurements using differential scanning calorimetry, differential scanning fluorimetry etc.


  • While GSK embraces a flexible work environment, we do require certain positions to be onsite. Candidates who are hired for an on-site role or hybrid 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.

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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.