Research and Development

Patient-focused research and development is central to our work. Globally, we spend over £300,000 researching new medicines, vaccines and other products every hour.

Typical roles

Our R&D organisation attracts scientists from most disciplines including chemists, biologists, statisticians, pharmacologists and microbiologists. They work as bench scientists in the lab, or apply their scientific training to clinical trials, regulatory work, studies of health economics or statistics.

Physician scientists in research and physicians in our medical teams provide medical guidance on the use of our medicines once these have been approved for use in patients.  We have whole teams of people dedicated to monitoring the safety or our medicines.  Other scientists or physicians monitor the quality of our research and ensure that we adhere to the highest standards of governance.

Wherever you join R&D, there will be plenty of opportunities for growth and you’ll be able to build a career that is well-rounded as well as having great depth.

Working in R&D

We employ thousands of scientists around the world but our research teams are united by one thing: a dedication to help patients and consumers. 

There are not many jobs where your day-to-day work could directly lead to an outcome that will improve the lives of others.  At GSK, that is our aim and it means there’s a real sense of purpose in R&D.  We innovate and apply the latest knowledge and thinking to our work.  Our culture is entrepreneurial.

We’re constantly learning about emerging areas of science.  We focus on the best science and generate clear plans to find out if that science can lead to new treatments.  Our people are given opportunities to learn by taking on new scientific projects, jobs or experiences and working with experts in their fields.

We give our scientists responsibility, and their achievements are recognised and rewarded.  So, if you want to make a difference to society and grow your career in the most innovative and exciting area of science, now’s the time to join us.

Do I have the right qualities?

We want people who are passionate about improving lives through scientific innovation: those who combine scientific or medical expertise with the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  Whatever your field of scientific or medical expertise, you must be prepared to keep learning and evolving.

You should be curious about how you fit into the bigger R&D picture, and able to adapt in a constantly changing scientific and business environment.  The relationship-building skills to work with commercial colleagues will be important.  You must also share our values: transparency, respect for people, integrity and patient focus.  Above all, we need scientists who not only focus on what they do, but how they do it.