Clinical Science PhD Graduate Programme

16 Mar 2021
09 Apr 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
  Imagine working for an organisation that focuses on putting people at the heart of what they do. Where every single person within the organisation is aligned to one main motivating force, that at the centre of everything they do, and their number one priority; patients. A place that gives every individual the autonomy and empowerment to make a difference, where you are not defined by a job title. Imagine waking up every morning feeling fulfilled, having purpose and meaning in your work.

Imagine you are at Roche.

We are a pioneer in pharmaceuticals, advancing science to help people in the UK live longer and healthier lives. For over 120 years we have created truly differentiated medicines for cancer, the immune system, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. 

We work from bench to bedside - researching new medicines, running global clinical trials, and collaborating with the NHS to try to ensure rapid uptake and delivery of our products and services.  Our drive, every day, is to ensure our medicines reach those who need them as soon as possible.

Who we are

The Product Development Clinical Science department specializes in late stage global clinical development of molecules, conducting primarily Phase II/III clinical trials with a goal of characterizing the efficacy and safety profile of a molecule in a specific disease area, namely Oncology/Hematology (PDO/H); Immunology, Ophthalmology & Infectious diseases (I2O); and Neuroscience (PDN) - including Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Clinical Science PhD Graduate programme

The purpose of the two-year PhD Graduate programme, based at our Global Development site in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire*, is to provide a recent PhD graduate (completed or due to complete their post-graduate academic studies imminently) with the opportunity to gain specialized, in-depth training and experience in drug development at Roche, a global, research-focused healthcare company. The successful candidates will gain valuable Phase II/III clinical development experience within the Product Development Clinical Science department.

There are Clinical Science PhD Graduate positions offered in all three of our groups ( starting ~October 2021 ):-

  • Neuroscience (PDN) in the areas of neurodegeneration, neuromuscular and neuroimmunology

  • Immunology, Ophthalmology & Infectious diseases (I2O) in one or more Therapy Areas

  • Oncology/Hematology (PDO)

The Role

Patient safety and the development of effective medications for patient care is our primary goal at Roche. The priority of Product Development Clinical Science is to ensure that benefit outweighs risk and we are developing medications that are serving patients with a high unmet treatment need. The primary platform to develop these medications is through effective clinical trial design and execution. Depending on the stage of the program, the successful candidate may assist in (1) start-up activities such as developing protocols, Informed Consent Form's (ICFs), Electronic Case Report Forms (eCRFs) and engaging with study teams including vendor set-up, (2) study execution activities such as responding to investigator/site/ethics/health authority questions, being responsible for ongoing medical data review, and oversight of protocol deviations and (3) study analysis activities such as data interpretation and authoring of documents e.g. Clinical Study Reports. 

The following are examples of activities the successful candidates will experience during the programme:

  • Develop an understanding of the products in the company pipeline and key business skills needed to work successfully in a global pharmaceutical company
  • Interact with other Pharma Development functions in the Study Management Team meetings in order to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges of developing molecules into medicines
  • Enhance scientific communication skills through internal presentations, medical congresses and professional meetings
  • A possibility for short term experience in another Clinical Science therapeutic area or department such as Safety Science, Clinical Operations, Regulatory or Biometrics
  • Opportunity to network with current and previous PhD Graduates in Clinical Science, for development support and knowledge sharing. 
  • Develop soft skills e.g.networking, leadership and cross functional team work 

Who you are

You are someone who wants to influence your own development and are looking for a company where you have the opportunity to experience clinical development through the eyes of the Clinical Science function to help guide you with future career choices.

Qualifications: PhD or PharmD, with knowledge a therapeutic area specified above or a willingness to get up to speed quickly in a new therapeutic area.

Application Process

Phase I: CV and a cover letter review, followed by Video Interview.

Phase II: Final assessment centre at Roche UK head office (or virtual alternative)

Please note your cover letter should not exceed one page.

As part of your cover letter, Roche is keen to understand your motivation for applying for this position. You should, therefore, provide responses to the following questions:

Why Roche: What do you know about Roche and why does the prospect of working for the company excite you?

Why this programme: What is your key motivation for applying for this programme? What skills and experiences do you hope to gain from it?
Why you: If you had to highlight one accomplishment or achievement that makes you suitable for this opportunity what would it be and why would we need to know about it?

If you have a specific interest in working in one of the therapeutic areas (of the 3 positions advertised in Neuroscience, I2O, Oncology/Hematology) please highlight this in your cover letter.

The job advert will close on 00:00 on 9th of April.

* Note: Current government pandemic guidelines apply, this opportunity is mobilised to adapt to 'Working From Home'.  

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