PIPS project: pharmaceutical careers for medical and scientific students

Background information

The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK. 

Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. We represent companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome disease. 

Globally our industry is researching and developing more than 7,000 new medicines. 

The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK. 

Over the years, the ABPI has continually added to its careers website, making it a source of up to date and relevant information on careers within the pharmaceutical industry. Through the ABPI careers website we have raised awareness of the wide range of different jobs that the pharmaceutical industry offers as well as the different routes available to get into the industry. 

Project offered

The ABPI are seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific, project management and information technology experience in a science communication context. The student will liaise with colleagues within ABPI, our members who work for pharmaceutical companies and external stakeholders, for example the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM), in order to:


  1. Gather and update careers information aimed at medical students and qualified medical professionals looking for medical career options in the pharmaceutical industry.
  2. Gather and update careers information aimed at students from other disciplines who are interested in science-based careers in the pharmaceutical industry.
  3. Re-shape and make more user-friendly the careers content on pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs and other potential areas.
  4. Update an existing booklet on careers for doctors in the pharmaceutical industry and other career resources.

The student will propose ideas and also seek advice from our members and stakeholders on other ways in which the information could be improved, including the navigation and structure of the website content. Good communication skills and initiative to suggest new ideas are paramount on this role. The output of the project will be improvements to the website and printed content, which highlights the career opportunities available for physicians and scientists looking to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

The project will be supervised by Belen Granell Villen (Clinical & Regulatory Policy Officer), ABPI.


The project will be carried out from the beginning of March, with a preferable start date of 6th March.


The project is based at the ABPI office, 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT. Some home working may be possible.

Benefits to student undertaking this project

This project will give the student an excellent overview of careers within the biopharmaceutical sector. The student will also have the chance to collaborate directly with our members and stakeholders through interactions with, for example our Medical Expert Network and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Contacts may be developed that could be helpful to someone considering a future career in industry.


Expenses will be refunded in line with ABPI standard expenses policy. Travel expenses for commuting into London (if applicable) will be paid.


For more detailed information on the project please contact Belen Granell Villen (bgranellvillen@abpi.org.uk; 0207 747 7194).

A CV and letter of application should be sent by email to bgranellvillen@abpi.org.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 27th January 2017, with interviews w/c 30th January.

published on: 17th January 2017