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Summer Co-op/Biopharmaceutical Development


Department Description:

Biopharm Drug Substance Development is a highly experienced Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) organization accountable for delivering robust, cost-effective and competitive products and manufacturing processes spanning the full lifecycle of asset development from the pre-clinical stage through commercialization. These activities are delivered through state-of-the-art internal facilities and strategic external partners. Collectively, the team is accountable for CMC activities encompassing cell line support, cell culture/microbial fermentation, and purification development. We also pioneer innovative technologies to improve the process robustness, productivity, and to reduce the cost of goods.

Job Description:

The Biopharm Drug Substance Development group is searching for a Process Development Co-op to join a high-performing team of upstream scientists who are working to scale and optimize processes related to intensified perfusion cell cultures. This role will be predominantly lab-based and will require skills relating to experimental design/execution, process scaling, cell culture, performing laboratory assays, data analysis, and report writing. Specifically, you will have the opportunity to perform calculations related to the scaling of intensified N-1 perfusion bioreactor systems, culture mammalian cells to high densities using cell retention devices in small-scale bioreactors, and to analyze the cellular health and productivity. This co-op is designed to provide experience in an exciting and valuable area of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Master's or PhD program in a Scientific discipline.
  • Must have taken coursework in a relevant field such as Chemical/Biological Engineering, or a related field in Biology or Chemistry.
  • Must be able to work full-time (35-40 hours/week) throughout the 12-week assignment.
  • 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:

  • Practiced in aseptic cell culture technique and a working knowledge of routine laboratory procedures (i.e., making solutions, pipetting, notebook documentation)
  • General knowledge regarding mammalian cell culture and mAb production
  • Previous experience working with 3L Benchtop Bioreactors or the Ambr® 250 System
  • Experience using cell retention devices, especially Alternating Tangential Flow filtration
  • Proficiency with particle and cellular characterization techniques
  • A general understanding of important factors in scaling biological and chemical processes


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