Stimulant Science Industrial Placement 2021
British American Tobacco is a global business going through a hugely dynamic period in our 100+ year history. With consumers seeking more choice with expectations above traditional cigarettes, now is an exciting time to have a real say in what we do - A chance to feel the international impact of your work and the responsibility to own what really matter to our consumers. All sides of the business is fully thriving, from our traditional tobacco roots, which we have proudly grown into a market-leading enterprise, to our business in developing brand-new products that promote choice, where innovation thrives. What’s best about our evolution is that science is at the heart of all of it. Our global R&D teams uncover the facts and drive us forward using the most cutting-edge technologies. We have over 200 different scientific methods – from analytical chemistry and toxicological profiling to future casting and battery design. Why work here? Because we’re not just any FMCG company: we’re industry leaders, game changers, world shapers.
About the Placement Scheme
In the UK, we offer 12-months placement - starting 1st of September 2021 - opportunities to undergraduate students looking to gain practical experience within a vibrant and innovative industrial setting. As part of the scheme, you will be partnered with a mentor, have regular reviews with your Line Manager and work on projects that impact the business.
Training and development is provided throughout the placement with successful applicants having multiple opportunities to develop transferable skills in addition to gaining ‘hands on’ experience in a technical discipline.
As part of the scheme students get a chance to cultivate their independent thinking and problem solving skills in addition to working in and contributing to a team. Cross functional/department working and participation in other research activities is also encouraged, where appropriate. Previous work experience in a practical ‘hands-on’ role would be useful but not essential.
The primary responsibility of the intern would be to support the scientific discovery workstreams of the New Stimulant Science and New Nicotine Science programmes.
These diverse areas of research focus on understanding and exploring the complexity of stimulants and their efficacy. These areas require support in terms of exploring and understanding progress in these new areas of “Stimulant Science” (through reading and summarising academic papers, monitoring new publications etc). Clear and concise findings will need to be drawn and presented in the way of reports, update meetings, presentations etc. Furthermore, assistance will be required with designing and conducting efficacy studies, completed both internally and via external experts / third party suppliers.
There will also be opportunities to assist with other areas of the Actives Science Programme on an ad hoc basis (consumer research, concept ideation, product development, technology scouting etc).
- Read and summarise scientific papers
- Explore translational insights using computational modelling tools
- Effectively communicate and present findings
- Help to design studies and optimise study designs
- Help to conduct internal pilot studies
- Interact with external agencies and scientists
- Cross-collaboration with internal teams (specifically clinical & sensory)
- Undergraduate degree course in a life science (e.g. biology/biochemistry/biomedical science) or related field (e.g psychology/neuroscience/chemistry).
- Natural curiosity
- Willingness to learn
- Strong team drive
- Flexibility and agility
- Develop an understanding of how science, consumer and technology work together to create products;
- Gain knowledge on scientific research in the area of stimulents.
- Learn to critically evaluate and summarise scientific literature;
- Enhance collaboration (internally and externally), communication and presenting skills.
- Salary of £18,200 per annum
- Subsidised gym membership (£15 per month)
- Subsidised lunches
- 25 days annual leave
- Free on-site parking
- Participation in the Discretionary Company Bonus Scheme
- Participation in the Company Share Reward Scheme
- Participation in the Company Pension Scheme
- Private Healthcare Cover
- Eligibility for Company Flexible Benefits Scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme