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 2019, we’ve been recognised as Enlightened Employer, Women in Business and Thames Valley Tech finalists and in 2018 one of our family earned the Food & Drink Federation’s Scientist of the Year.
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
Mondelēz International is a world leader in FMCG such as chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy. We market our products in 165 countries and have annual net revenues of $26 billion. We employ 2,400 scientists across the globe, many of which are based at our Global Science Centre (RSSL) in Reading, UK. Even if you’re not familiar with our name, you’ve almost certainly heard of our billion-dollar brands like Cadbury, Milka, Belvita, Prince, and Oreo.
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.
Big enough to reach the top, small enough to help you get off the ground
Are you studying towards a degree in Chemistry, Biology, Food Science, Microbiology or a related subject? Want a taste of the career you could have with RSSL? Sink your teeth into one of our sweet internships.
Our Internships are 12 months long and, during your placement, we’ll make you an integral part of our team and give you a real job – with real responsibilities – from day one. We hope to help you expand your horizons and encourage your personal and professional development. We want to make sure you get the most from your time with us. That’s why once you join we’ll work out ambitious but achievable goals for you. Then through the support of a mentor and regular reviews with your manager, we’ll help you achieve them. If all goes well, we may even offer you a role after graduation.
As an Intern at RSSL, you will be responsible and accountable for your projects from start to finish. Within the Food, Pharmaceutical and Investigative Internships we would offer you the possibility of experience within each of the departments listed, giving you the opportunity to maximise you learning and experiences within this role.
During the placement, you will be expected to plan and execute experiments related to your projects; produce technical reports/presentations and periodically communicate your key findings to stakeholders. You will also have the opportunity to interact with other departments within RSSL and, for certain roles, the wider Mondelēz business. In addition to this, you may also be expected to support other ongoing project activities in and outside of your immediate team.
Take a look at our website and Intern video and get a snapshot of what it is like to work at RSSL.
The Functional Ingredients group provides a range of analytical methods to assist customers with nutritional claim substantiation, due diligence, labelling and ingredient stability. As an Intern, you will work both with a team, and independently, to undertake a range of routine and investigative analyses. There may also be opportunities to assist in the development of new, bespoke analytical methods. You will also develop expertise in a range of analytical methods and laboratory equipment such as HPLC, IC, HunterLab Colourimeter, and UV-Vis spectroscopy.
The physical properties of food and pharmaceutical products are of vital importance in predicting and optimising quality and behaviour during processing and storage. As an Intern in this area, you will perform a wide range of analyses both with a team and independently on products from the food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries for our clients. You will develop expertise in analytical methods and operation of laboratory equipment including Karl Fischer, Malvern Mastersizer, mechanical sieving and texture analysers.
Food Internship: We consider the following degree types: Food Science, Food Technology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Nutrition, Physical Sciences, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences.
The Microscopy group carries out investigative analysis to support our foreign body identification and product contamination services. They also carry out routine and bespoke pharmacopoeia testing. An intern in this role would be expected to develop expertise in analytical techniques including light microscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray microanalysis and microfluorescence.
DNA & Protein
The DNA and Protein laboratory is developing a new area of analysis using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). NGS would be an extension of the DNA analysis portfolio we are carrying on in the lab. As an intern you will develop expertise in using your bioinformatics skills to develop databases and workflows to analyse high-throughput data generated from the sequencing analysis. The NGS bioinformatics tools you will learn to develop will include de novo assembly, SNPs and whole genome MLST on small genomes. In addition you will gain technical experience in preparing NGS libraries and running sequencing analysis, and there are potential opportunities to gain expertise in a range of different DNA-based analytical methods.
Investigative Analysis Internship: We consider the following degree types: Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Forensics and Material Sciences.
The Metals group undertake a wide range of analytical contracts for a variety of healthcare, food and pharmaceutical companies as well as supporting Mondelēz International research and innovation. As an Intern you will conduct sample preparation (e.g. ashing and microwave digestion) and undertake analyses using a range of spectroscopy techniques (including AAS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS).
The Pharmaceutical Microbiology team supports the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries with a wide range of microbiological tests. Working to current GMP standards, the laboratory undertakes a number of pharmacopeial testing. As an intern in this laboratory, you will gain technical experience in using aseptic technics to perform tests like Microbial Limits test and Bioburden test. In addition, you will develop relevant technical skills by being part of a team that performs a range of microbiological analyses like Endotoxin analysis, Preservative Efficacy test, Disinfection test, and Bacterial identification.
The Pharmaceutical chemistry team performs a range of routine and specialised analyses for a variety of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. You will learn to work to GMP standards in our compliant laboratory (inspected by the MHRA and FDA), to perform routine testing of pharmaceutical raw materials against the pharmacopoeia and client methods. In addition you will develop expertise in a range of analytical methods and operation of laboratory equipment. You will be required to manage your time effectively in this high throughput environment.
Pharmaceutical Internship: We consider the following degree types: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Science, and Forensics.