Internship: Investigation On The Mechanical Forces Applied On Vaccines Primary Packaging - Belgium, 2021

3+ months agoWavre, Belgium

Site Name: Belgium-Rixensart
Posted Date: May 6 2021
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Education required: You are regularly enrolled in Master/Bachelor in Life or Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering or equivalent technical discipline in an Educational Establishment located in Europe.

Language requirement: Good communication skills in English and/or French (both written and spoken)

Other requirements:

  • Passion for sciences;
  • Sincere interest in the pharmaceutical and vaccines development;
  • Data collection and analysis skills;
  • Knowledge of Office tools;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and/or French (both written and spoken);
  • Quick learner, adaptable to work independently and in a team;
Start date: Augustus / Septembr

Duration: 6 months (a different length could be discussed)

Requisite : The internship must be mandatory & done in the framework of the curriculum, for which an agreement must be signed between GSK, the student and the Educational Establishment.

Remuneration: according to Belgian legal requirements, the internship will not be paid. However, some expenses will be reimbursed.

Application deadline: We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and we will close the position once we have enough matching candidates

What will you do?

On our internship programme you'll receive tailored on-the-job training from industry experts combined with early responsibility to help you to develop and progress.

Context of the internship:

The texture analysis is a common technique widely used in the pharmaceutical industry to characterize the mechanical properties via the application of a force on a specimen, recording the compression and penetration resistance offered by the sample. This technique provides critical information on the material texture and its behaviour under stress conditions of production, handling and transportation.

Despite its use in routine for solid dosage forms and gels, the technique is almost unexplored for freeze-dried cakes and injection force from single use device testing.

In the framework of vaccine products, this stage aims to deepen the knowledge of the mechanical forces undergone by the primary packaging components (i.e. gliding and break-off forces in the glass syringes) and the connection to transport stresses and device handling during patient injection.

In this context, you will develop a robust method to perform texture analysis test on single use syringes for injection and an automated data elaboration to support the routine test.

Then the experimental work will consist of 4 work packages:

Literature research to grasp the state of the art and potential additional test or data elaboration method; Screening of different parameters potentially impacting the forces applied on a syringe; Design of Experiment with the selected most impactful parameters and generation of a statistical based model to predict the force recorded based on the input parameters; Human perception blind test to connect the data obtained to the human factor.

You will eventually resume the data and model obtained in a report and he/she will present the outcome of his/her internship to the R&D department.
You'll be excited by the thought of:
  • building your scientific knowledge
  • working in an enthusiastic team
  • growing your skills in texture analysis
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Patient-focused Research and Development (R&D) is the heart of our business. Our R&D department seeks to discover and develop new vaccines, to protect against diseases where vaccines are not yet available and to improve on those vaccines that already exist. Part of our R&D programme targets diseases particularly prevalent in the developing world, including the World Health Organisation's three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Research into candidate vaccines for other diseases of the developing world, such as dengue are at an earlier stage of development.

When it comes to developing the vaccines of the future, we're looking for real experts in their respective fields who are interested in working in the stimulating environment of an international healthcare company.

We emphasise the value of teamwork and we look for people ready to share our values of transparency, respect, integrity and patient focus.

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Job ID: glaxo-280609-en-us