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Summer Co-op/Vaccine Chemistry


Department Description:

The candidate will be joining GSK Vaccine Technical R&D Drug Substance team to work with a novel, next generation approach to the development of vaccines and immunotherapies targeting infectious and other immune mediated diseases. This novel and highly efficient vaccine technology – called Multiple Antigen Presenting System (MAPS) – enables the high affinity binding of protective polysaccharides as well as proteins in a single vaccine, uniquely inducing a broad and protective B-cell and T-cell immune response.

Job Description:

The MAPS Technology team, part of TRD/DS, is seeking a Co-op who is interested in the process development of different vaccine programs. The primary responsibility of the student will be to develop or optimize the process for polysaccharide purification, biotinylation and MAPS complexation. The student will also have the opportunity to analyze or characterize polysaccharides, proteins or other molecules using various analytical techniques such as HPLC, SEC-MALS, NMR, LC/MS, GC/MS, SDS-PAGE, etc., depending on his/her interests and current needs of the team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or similar disciplines.
  • Able to maintain written records in the form of laboratory notebooks.
  • Must be able to work full-time (35-40 hours/week) throughout the duration of the 12-month co-op (June 2024 - May 2025).
  • 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:

  • Independent, detail-oriented, and organized, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge in Carbohydrate Chemistry.
  • Experience in organic synthesis, process development and/or analytical chemistry.


  • 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.