Graduate Scientist 2022

Graduate Scientist 2022

Job Description

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is a cutting-edge Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.

In 2021, we have been crowned Employer of the Year at the Thames Valley Awards, and in 2019 were recognised as Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists.

Enriched by our parent company Mondelēz International, our diverse team includes 23 nationalities from 300 members, creating a family feel as we strive towards our mission of “Science Enhancing Lives”.


We deliver Science with Service

You may wonder how a large FMCG organisation relates to the world of pharmaceutical, healthcare, bio-pharmaceutical and consumer goods.  We do this at RSSL by combining our scientific expertise and cutting-edge equipment, with dedicated specialist teams to support these other industries. 

As a Graduate Scientist at RSSL, you will be based within one of our cutting-edge laboratories, providing services to our external customers and in some cases, Mondelēz. You will have the chance to apply your academic learning in a friendly and intellectually challenging environment.  Training and coaching, through industry experts and senior mentors, together with resources from Mondelez International University will be provided to support your ongoing technical and personal development.


The Role

The Graduate Scientist position work within one of our state-of-the-art laboratories. We have three sites - two based on the University of reading Campus, the Reading Science and JJT, and the third based a short drive away in Wokingham.


The role will require occasional client contact, administrative support for laboratory management, and supervision and training of junior members of the team.


The Responsibilities

A successful Graduate Scientist will be responsible for performing a range of routine and investigative analyses in accordance with quality standards, ensuring that projects are completed effectively and meet the customer’s needs.  The type of analyses performed are specific to each of RSSL’s laboratories, who specialise in Food, Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical techniques.


These could include;

  • Chromatographic techniques such as HPLC, HPLC-MS, GC-MS, GC-FID
  • Spectroscopic techniques such as AAS, MP-AES, ICP-MS/ICP-OES, FT-IR and UV-spec
  • Microscopic techniques such as SEM, EDS and XRF
  • Other assay techniques such as ELISA, PCR and whole genome sequencing


The Responsibilities

  • Working in an organised manner within tight deadlines and under minimal supervision
  • Providing high quality customer service at all times
  • Ensuring effective management of assigned workloads, integrity of analytical data generated and timely/accurate provision of results
  • Developing expertise in analytical techniques and scientific understanding and performing basic maintenance and troubleshooting of lab equipment
  • Report writing
  • Providing training in routine activities and methods
  • Proficiency in use of generic and specific software packages required for the role, such as Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Q-Pulse.
  • Performing method validation following protocols, and transcription checking for factual data
  • Take responsibility as required for elements of specific projects and/or specific areas of general laboratory/sample administration


Please be aware that this role may require handling of materials that may contain chemicals, solvents and allergens, and the appropriate protective wear will be supplied.

Essential Candidate Requirements

  • Studying a science related degree (specialism dependent on laboratory)
  • BSc 2:1 degree, predicted result (or equivalent)
  • Self-driven and motivated
  • Naturally inquisitive and passionate about technical excellence
  • Can work with a level of autonomy, as well as within a team
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, communication and presentation abilities
  • Pro-active, highly motivated, ready to take on new responsibilities and build strong relationships
  • Experience of planning experiments or trials
  • Able to travel (if required)
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office
  • We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills.


In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.


Life at RSSL



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Mondelēz is a diverse and inclusive employer with an objective to ensure a fair and equal hiring process. If you require any reasonable adjustments to apply or throughout our assessment process, please contact stating “RSSL Graduate Scientist” as the subject.


Business Unit Summary 

Reading Scientific Services, Ltd. (RSSL) is a cutting-edge contract research organization (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.  

We were recognized in 2019 as an Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists and in 2018, one of our family members earned the Food & Drink Federation’s Scientist of the Year. Enriched by our parent company, Mondelēz International, our diverse team of 300 includes 23 nationalities, creating a family feel as we strive toward our mission of “Science Enhancing Lives.”


Mondelēz International is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Job Type


Analytical Science

Science & Engineering

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