Closed CLOSING DATE: 17/03/2019

Charles River Laboratories

SLSIP 2019 - Industrial Placement in Vitro Sciences Intern

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Undergraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Science and environment
Edinburgh and Lothians
£9 ph
12 weeks
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Placement summary

Every skin penetration study used in regulatory skin penetration testing is initiated with an assessment of the integrity of the skin to be used.  There are many methods to assess skin barrier function including tritiated water penetration, electrical resistance and transepidermal water loss (TEWL).  A barrier function acceptace criterion must be determined for the different types of equipment (flow and static diffusion cells) as well as exposure area (0.64 and 3.14 cm2).  This project will evaluate a large body of historical data generated within this laboratory to identify new critical cut of values.  Where necessary, additional data points will be created.

Success will be the creation of a robust method to replace our established method.  We would also aim to publish a poster in a scientific meeting.

Job description

Project Description

The current data will be collated and statistical evaluation will be performed.  Working alongside the lead scientist, additional data gaps will be identified, and further testing may be required.  Full training and scientific support will be provided throughout.  Regular review of the project will take place with the department management team to help ensure that the project is on target to reach its success criteria within the allocated timeframe.

Placement Objectives

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Role Description

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This programme is for 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students studying a Life Science degree in Scotland. Please click here to see if your course is eligible. You can only apply for a maximum of 3 placements, so please research the roles thoroughly before submitting your CV.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of biology or chemistry
  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Preparing chemical solutions
  • Basic mathematical ability

Desirable Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of laboratory health and safety


Placement benefits

Charles River will provide training in the necessary laboratory techniques to ensure safety and quality while in the laboratory.

The project will teach key industry skills in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), providing an insight into compliance with regulatory standards. The placement-holder will gain experience in the performance of a study from set up to delivery of results, learning the documentation skills necessary for industry.

Charles River Edinburgh has a canteen offering hot and cold food and an onsite fitness suite as well as free staff parking on-site and transport links from Edinburgh.

Additional information



Company information

Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

Our Edinburgh research campus has circa 1,100 staff situated in the countryside 15 miles east of Edinburgh. We can offer you the chance to build on your skills and knowledge with career enhancing experience and work with world-class experts.

Life Sciences

Company website: www.criver.com