A collection of industrial placements and graduate schemes (mainly advertised on the RSC’s ChemistryWorldJobs).
Kraft Foods is offering both a rotational graduate scheme and a selection of industrial placements (6 and 12 months available). The adverts are light on detail, but their website offers more information. Graduate schemes are available in 5 key areas – the most relevant to chemists being Research Development & Quality. Within this is the chemistry department, which “offers chemical and physical measurement to characterise composition, functionality and nutritional value.” The starting salary is a healthy £27k (plus a graduate joining bonus), with a minimum of 27 days holiday and other incentives available. Industrial placements pay £16.3k for the year.
Novartis is offering industrial placements at their Institute for Biomedical Research in Horsham. Their website indicates up to 5 one-year placements are available within Global Discovery Chemistry – in the medicinal, large scale, parallel synthesis or exploratory chemistry teams. Also advertised on their site are positions for entry-level graduate medicinal chemists.
Johnson Matthey’s Precious Metals Products division is offering its rotational European graduate programme (£27-30k), open to graduates and postgrads. With the opportunity to rotate across locations in Europe, a second language (German or Dutch) is required. Relevant work experience highly desirable.
The Civil Service Fast Stream has opened for applications to its 2013 intake. Working at “the heart of current affairs and key government agendas”, the graduate fast stream has an option specifically for science and engineering. The four-year programme consists of multiple short placements in the first two years, to gain a broad experience; before undertaking two longer placements over the next two years. Applicants require a 2:2 degree, and the scheme is open to graduates of all ages. With a starting salary of £25-27k, and a potential salary of over £45k on promotion (typically after 4-5 years), this is an incredibly competitive grad scheme.