Research and Development (Vaccines) for Medical Doctors, PhD or Post Doc – Future Leaders Programme, Belgium, 2020


Exciting minds with our Future Leaders graduate programme – Research and development (Vaccines) for Medical Doctors, PhD or Post Doc

Education required: a Medical Doctor degree (you need to have completed your foundation), a PhD or a Post Doc

Language requirement: Must be fluent in Business English

Start date: 1st September 2020

Assessment centre dates: Early 2020

Other requirements: Required to relocate internationally. FLPs will be required to complete a 6 months rotation in one of our R&D hubs during the 2 years programme.

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


Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.


We’re looking for leaders of the future in Research and development (Vaccines)

Are you an analytical graduate who’s keen to develop innovative vaccines that meet real public health needs? If so, you could be working on solutions with the potential to save lives worldwide. Our vaccines portfolio includes meningitis, rotavirus, hepatitis and influenza vaccines, and covers vaccines for children, adolescents, adults, travellers and the elderly.
And through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and work experience, you’ll learn all about it while honing your technical skills. There’ll also be the chance to pursue a career focused on specific vaccine projects. This popular and highly competitive career path attracts scientists from many disciplines.


Develop your career

If you’re a graduate with the talent and ambition to lead others, we’ll help you develop the expertise to become one of our Future Leaders.

Over two years, our Future Leaders graduate programme will challenge and support you to grow professionally and personally. You’ll have three stretching rotations in three different R&D departments, including one six-month assignment based abroad.


What will you do?

It all begins with a one-year rotation where you’ll get to work on core activities within the R&D Vaccines function. Through this hands-on role and your later placements, you’ll get an outstanding insight into our Vaccines R&D business. You’ll see science in action in our labs, be part of a vaccines development project team, discover our clinical activities, meet our customers or learn about the risk and compliance side of vaccine production.


Tailored training – and great career progression

We’ll tailor your training and development to suit your talents and ambition, as well as our business needs, setting you up for success in your chosen niche. After you complete our Future Leaders programme, you’ll have the skills to become a leader of the future, with a solid foundation for a variety of R&D careers within the pharmaceutical industry. There’s no limit to how far you can go with us – it’s up to you to prove yourself.


You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • learning how new products become reality on a tailored development programme
  • seeing how biology, chemistry and medicine come together in the world of vaccines
  • learning how vaccines are developed
  • managing projects together with multidisciplinary teams
  • sourcing and analysing complex information to help us make key decisions
  • being part of a diverse network, working with graduates from all over the world
  • gaining a good understanding of all areas of GSK and our Vaccines, from R&D to the commercial organisation


You’ll need:

  • a Medical Doctor degree (you need to have completed your foundation), a PhD or a Post Doc
  • fluent Business English
  • a passion for science and a real interest in the pharmaceutical and vaccines world
  • innovative thinking and technical strength
  • to be analytical and comfortable with data
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to build trust and relationships with stakeholders
  • a gift for learning quickly


Our Future Leaders programme is designed to accelerate the development of graduates who don’t have significant previous professional work experience in the area to which they are applying. Of course, many graduates who join the programme have worked while studying or after graduation. If you’ve already developed substantial experience working in a professional role in your sector, while you would be able to apply for this programme, you may also want to look at direct entry roles in our businesses, as these may be the best way to build on your existing skills and expertise and develop a career at GSK.


Benefits include:

  • A competitive base salary
  • An annual bonus based on company performance
  • Access to healthcare and wellbeing programmes, pension plan membership, savings programmes, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programmes which reward exceptional achievements
  • Long term incentives through share ownership link your rewards to our longer term performance
  • On-the-job experience and formal and informal training and development delivered through a mixture of coaching, mentoring and formal training programmes.


Get to grips with our recruitment process: you’ll find tips on our website –


Apply now

You’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us. We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough matching candidates.



We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.