Applied Research (Regulatory & Policy) and IT Internship

Application Starting Date : August 12, 2021
Location : India
Application Closing date : September 03, 2021 (Autumn semester) and November 30, 2021 (Spring semester)
Internship Starting Date : September 10, 2021 (Autumn semester) and December 10, 2021 (Spring semester)

Description:

Project area 1: Adopting Circular-Economy (CE) principles could not only benefit India environmentally and socially but could also generate economic benefits in various sectors.

The world has made huge effort in improving resource efficiency through technology. There is no doubt that this traditional consumption patterns, the "linear" economy, is pressuring the planetary limits and threatens business at the same time. In 2015, the European Commission adopted its first circular economy action plan and in 2019, a comprehensive report on the implementation of the action plan was adopted. Circular Economy aims at optimizing resource efficiency, ensuring waste is recovered for new user or production cycle. In 2021, the Indian Government published three white papers on Circular Economy: Electronic and Electrical sector, Toxic and Hazardous Industrial Waste and Medical devices. These actions show that the government is actively taking steps to change from a linear to a circular economy, taking a path towards resource efficiency, reduces operating cost, builds competitiveness and self-reliance.


Project area 2: Nano materials as emerging technological development in science

The nano materials or nano-substances represent emerging technological development, which have significant importance in various discipline of science e.g. chemicals (agrochemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, environment etc.). So far, several nano-substances are being synthesized with certain promising properties and applications. Due to their distinctive physical, chemical, and biological properties the senano-substances are playing important role in fabrication as well as in modification of materials. Looking at the regulatory side of nano-substances, specifically with regards to health and environmental risk, they have to cross the regulatory requirements and approval to market it in different countries in the world.


Project area 3: Emerging and persistent contaminants

These are broadly known as Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) or Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) which are serious concern worldwide due to their resistant type to environmental degradation, resulting to potential hazard over the time, Such as Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates etc. These are found inseveral daily use products, plastic containers, detergents, toys, food items, cosmetic products etc. These contaminants are threat to animal health as well as to environment. There is a need to explore scientific and regulatory information on these compounds.


Project area 4: Food Contact Materials (FCMs)

FCMs are the materials or articles which comes in contact with food items, such as a container for food storage, Utensils used during cooking, serving and consumption of food, cans / coated bottle / glass for any kind of drinks, processing machines or packaging materials that transfer certain molecules or constituents in food. These could be a metal (e.g. Al), plastic, paper, any coating, rubber etc. which encounters food directly or indirectly. Therefore, FCM it is necessary to ensure that FCMs are inert enough and not affecting food quality or consumer's health. To maintain safety standard of FCMs associated business operator need to comply with certain regulations, which will be studied in this project.


Project area 5: Hazardous Substance

The world generates huge amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) annually which increase rapidly with the urbanization and technological development. These equipments could be computers, home appliances, mobile phones, television etc. which laterends as electronic waste (e-waste). These are containing various hazardous substances for example: Heavy metals (e.g., Pb, Hg, Cr, Cd), butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) etc. which could release during use, collection, segregation, treatment or disposal of e-waste and cause health or environmental threat. There are certain laws that address restriction of hazardous substance (RoHS) in electronics and electrical industry.


Project area 6: Chemicals Management and Safety

There is a constant increase in the production of chemicals across the globe, which not only has impact on environment but also there is arise on exposure of hazardous industrial chemicals on human being, that has significant health issues worldwide. In such scenario there is requirement of certain safety regulations for chemicals for different stages e.g. during production, handling, and disposal.


Project area 7: Information Technology - IT security, Programming Development

Information security represents protection of data by reducing potential risk or threat encountered. Further it restricts unauthorized access of data and information, or any unwanted actions e.g. modification, deletion, recording of information. It helps to maintain confidentiality by evaluating vulnerabilities and impacts, monitoring of harmful acts, and suggestion of mitigation requirement by implementation of appropriate security controls.


Global Product Compliance (GPC) has followed closely the development of chemical policies in India and assist companies to comply with chemical regulations worldwide. GPC has also contributed to India's Chemical Management and Safety Rules – aka Indian Chemical Regulation since 2010 and soon the regulation will be published which will impact the Indian Chemical Industry as well as anyone doing business in chemical sector in India from abroad.

GPC is seeking motivated fast learning individuals to join our internship program to explore opportunities and possibilities related to Circular Economy, Green deal / carbon credit, Persistent and Emerging contaminants, Nano-substances / Nano materials, Chemicals Management and Safety Rules (CMSR), Food Contact Materials (FCMs), Hazardous Substance and other upcoming challenges in Chemical Compliance as well as related data security.

About the Internship / Dissertation Project

Applications are invited from candidates who are interested in above mentioned project area to join our team to develop skills related to the direct implementation of regulation, policies, and consulting.

Specific area for regulatory & policy research:

  1. Circular Economy – Chemicals / Electronic sector / Medical devices / Garments & Fashion industry / E-waste / single use plastic

  2. Green deal / carbon credit

  3. Chemicals Management and Safety: Leather and Textile industries

  4. Nano-substances: Chemicals / Agrochemicals

  5. Endocrine disruptors policy study; Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) / Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC)

  6. Chemical Management and Safety in general

  7. Food Contact Materials and concern IT tools for regulatory management

  8. Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

  9. Information Technology - IT security


Internship Duration: 3 - 10 months.

Responsibilities

  • Navigate the regulations that apply to the industries (e.g. Industrial chemicals, cosmetic, agrochemical, food, pharmaceutical, etc.).

  • Provide country-specific regulatory interpretation and guidance on requirements of the regulation for various actors in supply-chain.

  • Collect and analyze examples of challenges, gaps and failures in regulatory compliance in a specific industry / country.

  • Conduct cross-country comparative studies on a specific regulatory compliance.

  • Market analysis of regulatory and compliance policies.

  • This Internship / dissertation project requires 30-40 hours of working hours per week.

Education / Experience Requirement

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a regular university program.

  • The candidate should be in the final year of his/her educational program.

  • Preferably master's degree student with background in Environmental science and Engineering / Environmental Management / Environmental Law and Policy / Biotechnology / Chemical Engineering / Pharmacy / Life science / Agricultural / Food technology / Sustainability Studies / Policy studies / Public health and other relevant studies.

  • Only for IT security project : Preferably degree in Computer Science Engineering / Information Technology / Information Security and other relevant studies with good command in Cyber security tools. Development using PhP, html, css, Laravel, cakephp codignator,

  • Candidates who are pursuing Ph.D. in above mentioned area, can also apply along with cover letter / SOP for short-term internship program (6 Months Max.). Applications invited throughout the year. Additional stipend maybe provided for this duration.

Required Soft and technical skills

  • Strong work ethic, ability to work individually as well as in a team. 

  • Creative thinking, good scientific reading and writing skills.

  • Basic knowledge of chemicals / contaminants.

  • Basic knowledge of sustainability / material recycling / Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) concept.

  • Good analytical skills / data science tools.

  • Self-motivated, hardworking, and detail-oriented are vital qualities. 

  • Adept with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).

Note:

  • Considering COVID'19 situation interns from other cities / institutions in India may have the possibility to start internships remotely.

  • The interns will be jointly supervised by GPC and their affiliated Educational Institution.

About the Global Product Compliance (GPC) Group

Global Product Compliance (GPC) specializes in Global Regulatory Compliance Solutions. Since 2008, GPC has emerged as one of the leading names among Global Regulatory Compliance service providers with Representation services in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for respective chemical regulations. 

Our over 1500 Happy Clients are a testimony to the great rapport we share with them and the fine quality that we offer in our services. This is also reflected in the fact that we have about 99% customer retention (Client loyalty) and we have had over 200 companies opting to switch over to us from other service providers, for better and cost-effective services. 

Our extensive experience in regulatory compliance services started with EU REACH but our large client base has motivated us to venture into every new regulation that has emerged over the past few years like Cosmetics Regulations(EU, India and the USA), Korea and Turkey REACH,and the regulations in the UK, Eurasia, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, China, US, Canada, Latin America, etc. 

Being India's largest regulatory compliance service provider, GPC has been actively contributing to the finalization of India's chemical regulation and policy(Indian Chemical (Management and Safety) Rules(CMSR)). Indian Ministry of Commerce has commissioned GPC for several studies and reports which have contributed significantly to the upcoming Indian CMSR. 

Read more about us on our website www.gpcgateway.com or follow us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/global-product-compliance-gpc-group

Why work with us?

  • Regulatory training will be provided from the beginning.

  • Access to GPC's webinars and events organized to learn more about the state of the art of different regulations globally. 

  • Get an applied first-hand experience of your thesis work.

  • Get an international exposure for applying for higher studies.

  • Possibility of journal publication, depending upon high quality and a significant amount of work.

  • Opportunity to present your research work at conferences / seminars.

  • Training and interactions with our international team headquartered in Sweden.

  • There is no fee for internship program.

  • Excellent successful completion of the internship project (≥80% equivalent grades) will be rewarded by a cash price of total 15000 INR (3 Months), 30000 INR (6 months) & 50000 INR (10 Months) at master's level and, 10000 INR per month at PhD level.

  • Certificate of excellence for outstanding performers with 5000 INR additional reward.

Application Details

The application closing date is September 03, 2021 (Autumn semester) and November 30, 2021 (Spring semester).

Submit your application by clicking the apply now button and filling the form. Please attach your CV and a cover letter before submitting the application. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
For any questions/queries regarding the internship program please contact: Dr. Vipin Singh at by email at: v_singh@in.gpcregulatory.com (Research Manager (External Projects))


Please make the application as soon as possible as the applications are being reviewed on rolling basis. Student can be enrolled only one internship program for this academic year (either 6 months or 10 months internship program); therefore, it is important to mention duration while applying for intership.

GPC Summer Internship 2021

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