GSK PhD Internship Scholarships

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Scholarship totals 60 FTE business days at the RTP rate
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The Adelaide Graduate Research School is partnering with GlaxoSmithKline plc to provide research internship opportunities for our PhD students.

GSK are a global biopharma company with a purpose to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together. They aim to positively impact the health of 2.5 billion people by the end of 2030. Their bold ambitions for patients is reflected in commitments to growth and a step-change in performance. They are a company where outstanding people can thrive.

GlaxoSmithKline is willing to consider expressions of interest and CVs from PhD students undertaking research related to Themes 3 and 4 at the Centre of Augmented Reasoning as listed here:, and given below.

Their interests are in adaptable learning methods that require less data for training, and in use of AIML for discovery in chemistry & biology, particularly generative models.

Theme 3: Knowledge, Representation and Generalisation

We will build the technology to enable machines that are more capable of learning on their own and can explain their reasoning. We will develop more adaptable learning systems that can be applied to new examples with minimal retraining. This includes developing novel semantic representations for natural languages and methods that can generalise across scenarios and support complex reasoning.

Theme 4: Machine Learning Driven Science Discovery

Using machine learning to support discoveries in biological and chemical sciences, our researchers will convert our research capability into solutions for the intractable challenges faced by humans now and in the future. This includes predicting treatment outcomes for patients by testing and implementing machine learning algorithms, and leading AI-driven discovery for energy materials.

The selected applicant, their supervisor, and the partner organisation's focal contact person will have the opportunity to further discuss the nature of research and development activities and internship arrangements post-selection. Where overseas travel is required, the organisation may cover the travel and accommodation expenses.

The PhD student must be:

  • within the first 18 calendar months of their candidature if commenced as full-time student,
  • willing to undertake the internship for a minimum duration of 60 FTE business days,
  • making satisfactory progress, and
  • undertaking research in an area aligned with GSK’s research interests as identified above

Application process:
To apply, please email the following documents to (HDR Internships Office) with the subject line – GSK Internship

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (of not more than 2 pages) outlining your interest in the internship and describing how your background and research area align with the proposed interests of GSK

Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the advertisement may be closed earlier if a suitable applicant is shortlisted for a particular project prior to the listed closing date. Furthermore, if shortlisted, a meeting is likely to be organised between the student, their supervisor and the organisation's focal contact person within a week of shortlisting. Students may consider discussing their internship plans with their Principal Supervisor in anticipation of that.