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Industry Site Visit to Grifols R&D for Ph.D. Students and Postdocs

Enhancing Local Industry Transitions through Exposure

The multi-institutional site visit program known as Enhancing Local Industry Transitions through Exposure (ELITE) works with leading RTP life-science companies to connect industry researchers with trainees from NIEHS, Duke, UNC, and other local schools.

Grifols is a global pharmaceutical company that specializes in plasma therapies, in vitro diagnostic systems, engineering applications, and medical devices. They develop and manufacture plasma-based medicines to treat a variety of diseases, including hemophilia and primary immunodeficiency.

What will you learn?

  • Learn about the 6 R&D departments in the RTP facility: Discovery Research, Process Development and Technology, Bioanalytics, Project Management, Global Product Safety, and Regulatory Strategy.
  • Meet with employees from these departments, from the VP of Discovery Research to entry-level PhDs.
  • Tour the Grifols laboratories and get a feel for what it’s like to work at a pharmaceutical company.
  • Practice your networking skills and build industry relationships.

Space is limited to 7 Duke trainees, so graduate students and postdocs interested in the site visit must apply as described below.

How to Apply: Graduate students and postdocs may apply by emailing a 1-page cover letter to by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 27. Write the cover letter as if you were applying for a job or internship with this company:

  • Why your experience, skills, and/or career goals make you a good fit for the company.
  • What makes you stand out as a candidate, using specific examples of academic and research accomplishments and soft skills (eg, leadership, teamwork).
  • Show your knowledge of the company's mission and goals, and how you can contribute to their research.

Note that you are NOT applying for an actual job/internship. This is an opportunity for you to practice your cover letter writing skills; applicants will be chosen based on their fit with the company as determined by the cover letter.  Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 4. If selected, you must attend a 30-minute Zoom prep meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at 11:00 am.

This site visit is open to Ph.D. students and postdocs at Duke, NIEHS, UNC, NC State, Campbell, NCCU and Wake Forest University.

Apply by September 27, 12:00 pm

Additional Location Information

Attendees must provide their own transportation and are encouraged to carpool.


Communication, Professional Adaptability, Professional Development, Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity