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RSSL Analytical Chemistry Internship/Placement Year 2023

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United Kingdom  Reading, United Kingdom
Internship, Science/Research, English

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Job Description

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is at the forefront of scientific analysis, research, consultancy and training. We provide services to the food, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, and the parent company (COMPANY NAME) International. RSSL's goal is to be a world class supplier of scientific services by offering scientific excellence coupled with industry leading customer service.

In 2021 we were awarded Employer of the Year at the Thames Valley Awards, and previously recognised as an Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists.

Our placements are 13 months long and during this time we'll make you an integral part of the team. We hope to help you expand your horizons and encourage both your personal and professional development. We want to make sure you get the most from your time with us - that's why, once you join, we'll work out ambitious but achievable goals for you. Then through support and regular reviews with your manager, we'll help you achieve them. If all goes well, we may even offer you a role after graduation.

Life at RSSL
As an Analytical Chemistry placement student at RSSL, you will be responsible and accountable for your projects from start to finish. We have multiple opportunities available across our state-of-the-art laboratories, where each has their own specialisms.
For our Analytical Chemistry placements, we will consider the following degrees - Chemistry (and related degrees such as Analytical, Applied, Medicinal, Forensic and Pharmaceutical), Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences, Physics and Materials Science.
Further details of each what each laboratory does can be found below, and we ask that you detail which area(s) you're interested in and why as part of a cover letter which can be uploaded during the application process.

Functional Ingredients
The Functional Ingredients team provides a range of analytical methods to assist customers with nutritional claim substantiation, due diligence, labelling and ingredient stability. A student here will work both with a team, and independently, to undertake a range of routine and investigative analyses. There may also be opportunities to assist in the development of new, bespoke analytical methods. You will also develop expertise in a range of analytical methods and laboratory equipment such as HPLC, IC, LC-MS, GC, GC-MS HunterLab Colourimeter, and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The Pharmaceutical Chemistry team performs a range of routine and specialised analyses for a variety of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. As a student, you will be part of a team of more than 20 and learn to work to GMP standards in our compliant laboratory, inspected by the MHRA and FDA. You will undertake a comprehensive training programme to perform routine testing of pharmaceutical raw materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API's), excipients and finished drug products against pharmacopoeia and client methods. Throughout the year you will develop expertise in a wide range of analytical methods and techniques such as FTIR, UV-VIS Spectrophotometry, Specific Optical Rotation, Specific Gravity, Refractive Index and Osmolality.

Pharmaceutical Chromatography
The Pharmaceutical Chromatography team provides a range of routine and specialised analyses for a variety of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies utilising many different chromatographic techniques. During your time with this team, you will undertake a comprehensive training programme to become competent in all our techniques, namely GC, GC-MS & LC-MS. The work you perform will contribute to our support of the pharmaceutical industry, testing active ingredients, excipients and finished drug products, and may also support method development/validation, extractables and leachable and investigative projects.

Physical Sciences
The Physical Sciences team look at physical properties of both food and pharmaceutical products, which are of vital importance in predicting and optimising quality and behaviour during processing and storage. As a student in this area, you will perform a wide range of analyses both with a team and independently on products from the food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, as well projects for (COMPANY NAME). You will develop expertise in analytical methods and operation of laboratory equipment including Karl Fischer, Malvern Mastersizer, mechanical sieving, and texture analysers.

The Metals group undertake a wide range of analytical contracts for a variety of healthcare, food and pharmaceutical companies as well as supporting Mondelēz research and development. Students in this department will conduct sample preparation (e.g., ashing and microwave digestion) and undertake analyses using a range of spectroscopy techniques including AAS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS.

The Microscopy group carries out investigative analysis to support our foreign body identification and product contamination services. These also carry out routine and bespoke pharmacopoeia testing. A placement student in this team will develop expertise in analytical techniques including light microscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray microanalysis and microfluorescence.

During the placement, you will be expected to plan and execute experiments related to your projects, produce technical reports/presentations, and periodically communicate your key findings to stakeholders. You will also have the opportunity to interact with other departments within RSSL and, for certain roles, the wider (COMPANY NAME) business. In addition to this, you may also be expected to support other ongoing project activities outside of your immediate team. Where a project is required to be completed as art of your university degree, we will ensure to work with you and your supervisor to find a project which meets the requirements.
Please be aware that this role may require handling of materials that may contain chemicals, solvents and allergens, and the appropriate protective wear will be supplied.

Candidate requirements
* Studying towards a suitable scientific degree (detailed above)
* Predicted classification 2:1 (or equivalent)
* Self-motivated and driven
* Naturally inquisitive and passionate about technical excellence
* Can work with a level of autonomy, as well as within a team
* Demonstrate strong analytical, communication and presentation abilities
* Pro-active and ready to take on new responsibilities
* Able to build strong relationships
* Good working knowledge of MS Office
* Able to travel (if required)

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful international business that offers a competitive salary, 35 days annual leave (including bank holidays), contributory pension, life assurance, and a flexible benefits programme.

We review applications on a first come, first served basis and reserve the right to close our vacancies early - therefore we recommend that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.  

RSSL and Mondelēz are a diverse and inclusive employer with an objective to ensure a fair and equal hiring process. If you require any reasonable adjustments to apply or throughout our assessment process, please contact exxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxm stating "RSSL Early Careers" as the subject. 

Our candidate requirements are based on criteria to enable you to succeed in the role. If you have narrowly missed the above requirements and there are extenuating circumstances that you would like us to consider, you can let us know by contacting exxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxm stating "RSSL Early Careers" as the subject and attaching a letter to confirm your extenuating circumstances.

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Business Unit Summary

Reading Scientific Services, Ltd. (RSSL) is a cutting-edge contract research organization (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.

We were recognized in 2019 as an Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists and in 2018, one of our family members earned the Food & Drink Federation's Scientist of the Year. Enriched by our parent company, Mondelēz International, our diverse team of 300 includes 23 nationalities, creating a family feel as we strive toward our mission of "Science Enhancing Lives."

Mondelēz International is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Early Careers

Source: Company website
Posted on: 23 Sep 2022
Type of job: Internship
Industry: Food / Beverage / Tobacco
Languages: English
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