Robert

Industrial PhD student

Joined us in 2012, based in UK

What makes you, you?

I enjoy challenges, problem solving and working hands-on, both individually and in a team. For me, working in chemistry fulfils this and provides an exciting and varied career.

What’s the best thing about working here?

The ability to work on and be inspired by projects at the cutting edge of medicinal chemistry, and to learn from GSK’s experienced and inspiring staff.

What are your highlights?

The highlight of my time at GSK has been seeing my contributions add value to my project and watching compounds I helped to design and synthesise move forward into advanced preclinical studies. GSK’s leading position in epigenetic research has allowed me to work on exciting projects at the forefront of drug discovery. As part of the PhD scheme, I have had the opportunity to spend 3 months working at the University of Strathclyde. The chance to work on chemistry with a more methodological focus in an academic environment was a highly informative and enjoyable experience.

How have we supported your development?

Working with GSK has exposed me to a wide variety of excellent science and allowed me to broaden and develop my networks and knowledge. During my PhD I have gained experience of synthetic and medicinal chemistry and running biochemical assays, in addition to developing contacts across the chemistry community and with external companies. I have also gained valuable experience supervising industrial placement students and organising events in my role on the Stevenage external lecture committee.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?

Joining GSK will allow you to work on world-class science and make a real difference to people’s lives, while giving you great opportunities to develop and grow.