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Building a Career in Drug Discovery at GSK

As a continuation of our industry-based PhD programme at GSK Stevenage (R&D), we can offer from the autumn of 2023:

A number of studentships, each of 3.5 years in duration.

Studentships are available in:-

  • Medicinal and Process Chemistry – focused on synthetic organic chemistry as applied to medicines design and process development.
  • Chemical Biology – focused on novel approaches for target and ligand discovery (including reactive fragments and biorthogonal chemistry)and technologies to study target-ligand interactions (including MassSpectrometry, X-ray, Electron Microscopy, and associated data analytics).
  • Structural biophysics and computational approaches at the chemical biology interface using cryoEM, X-ray, and Mass Spectrometry to develop platforms to study challenging drug targets, e.g. membrane  proteins, protein-protein complexes.

Students are registered with the University of Strathclyde and are co-supervised by chemistry academics and a senior chemist from GSK.

The successful candidates will be based at the GSK site at Stevenage (R&D) and will have the opportunity to spend at least three months of the studentship period at the University of Strathclyde.

For this outstanding training and development opportunity in chemistry, you will need or will be in line to obtain:

  • A very good MSci or MChem degree, or equivalent, in chemistry.
  • Excellent theoretical and practical skills, together with a dedicated and conscientious attitude, and the ability to provide creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • To be highly motivated for chemistry and broader areas of science.
  • Strong communication skills.

How to apply:
Candidates, including current 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 If you would like additional information on this programme, please contact Professor Harry Kelly (

Closing date: Wednesday 16th November, 2022.

If you would like to apply your chemistry knowledge to discover and develop effective medicines for patients who need them and help treat today’s global burden of disease,
then apply to this exciting programme.

GSK is proud to promote an open culture, encouraging people to be themselves and giving ideas a chance to flourish. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome
applications regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, country of origin or country of application.


We are a science-led global healthcare company. We research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.

We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 89 manufacturing sites, and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Belgium and China.

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