The GSK-University of Strathclyde collaborative PhD programme – Studentship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Since 2012, in a unique award-winning relationship, GSK and the University of Strathclyde have collaborated to provide studentships for graduate chemists to complete a research-based PhD at GSK. Students are registered with the University of Strathclyde but will be primarily based at GSK’s flagship Medicines Research Centre at Stevenage, while also spending time at the University of Strathclyde.

Presently, we have one studentship available in the area Synthetic Organic Chemistry for initiation in October, 2019.

Students require an excellent MSci or MChem degree, or equivalent, in chemistry, together with strong theoretical and practical skills; high levels of innovation, creativity, and the ability to solve complex problems are also required. Additionally, students should be motivated for chemistry and science in a more general sense, with strong communication skills. 

Students on our collaborative programme work on a PhD project that will be aligned with the identification of new medicines within the research and development teams at GSK.  Specifically, students will be engaged on a research programme at GSK Stevenage for a period of 3.5 years.  During this time, they will be co-supervised by Strathclyde chemistry academics together with a senior scientist from GSK, and will have the opportunity to spend 3 to 6 months at the University of Strathclyde.  In this way, students are able to gain the maximum benefit from being associated with both an outstanding university and a leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company.

Successfully complete the programme and you will receive an industry/academic leading PhD, as well as the industry expertise and experience needed to take on a senior leadership position.

Students are selected via a joint review (GSK/Strathclyde) of CV/cover letter and robust interview process.

How to apply

Candidates, including 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 this email

Closing date for applications is Thursday 30th May, 2019.