Adam Robin Barton

What is your job?

I work as an 'Apprentice Analytical Scientist' in the ‘Pharmaceutical Analytical Centre of Excellence’ at GSK and I have been here for two years. My main role is to carry out stability indicating tests on new products and to process the results. Tests include looking at impurities, total drug content and water level determination. My day usually involves lab-based and office-based work, working within a team to help produce quality data that is used when registering drugs within a country.

How did you choose your career?

I have always wanted to be in a science-based career because I love expanding my knowledge base and I have always found the broad subject of science interesting. 

What do you like best about your job?

Learning new analytical techniques and the processes behind them and developing my independent and team-based skills.

What’s your next goal?

I am currently working towards my university qualification in ‘Chemical Concepts.’ I am also working towards obtaining a higher apprenticeship certificate. I am hoping for a long and interesting career at GSK.

What’s your advice for budding scientists?

If you don’t understand why something is or why something happens, research independently and ask questions until you do. Unless you can explain it to someone else in depth, you haven’t fully understood the subject area.


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