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Frequently asked questions

Candidate information

Applying to us

Applying to us

Is it best to use a recruitment agency to represent me?

We would much rather have a conversation with you directly. We believe applying online yourself directly is the most efficient and effective way to apply for jobs with AstraZeneca or MedImmune.

Is a work permit necessary?

AstraZeneca and MedImmune are equal opportunity employers and we encourage diversity in the workplace. We are also bound by each country's legislation for eligibility to work. 

It is therefore not always possible to secure work permits for Graduate and PhD opportunities. However we would still encourage applications for these roles so that we can look at all options available for work permits or sponsorship in line with local immigration legislation.

Do AstraZeneca or MedImmune employ individuals with disabilities?

Yes, of course. AstraZeneca and MedImmune are equal opportunity employers and all recruitment is based on merit.

Is there an upper age limit for applicants?

No. As an equal opportunity employer we have no upper age limit for applications. The most suitably qualified and experienced individual will be offered the role, irrespective of age. Learn more about the demographics of AstraZeneca and MedImmune employees. 

Do AstraZeneca and MedImmune employ military veterans?

Yes. AstraZeneca and MedImmune are equal opportunity and military-friendly employers and all recruitment is based on merit. Check out our military recruitment site for more information on our commitment to and support of military veterans' transition into the workplace. Learn more

Do AstraZeneca and MedImmune accept speculative applications submitted by agencies?

No, AstraZeneca and MedImmune do not accept speculative applications from agencies.

Are all of your vacancies advertised on your website?

Yes, all of our current vacancies are advertised on our website. We recommend you visit our careers website at where you can both search and apply for all our current job opportunities.

How can I find out about vacancies at AstraZeneca and MedImmune?

Click here to view all vacant positions at AstraZeneca and MedImmune: This includes internships, graduate programmes, post-doctoral programmes and MBA programmes.

Do AstraZeneca and MedImmune employ entry-level Associates?

Since our sales roles require less experienced individuals, the Sales area is the most likely to employ entry-level associates. However, the decision is driven by the specific needs of the individual Hiring Manager and the make-up of individual sales teams. In non-sales areas there is a much greater need for specific experience in the related functional area, therefore we have limited opportunities for entry-level associates in non-sales. But, we do offer graduate associates programs for new graduates. Click here to learn more:

How often do you post new roles?

We regularly have new opportunities from around AstraZeneca and MedImmune globally. These are all posted by the relevant country teams at various days and times. We recommend that you set up our career site as a favourite to be able to see any great opportunity that would be applicable for you.

What education background is required to work at AstraZeneca or MedImmune?

We employ individuals with a varied background across our business. The specific educational background requirements will be outlined in the job profile of the roles we advertise. Please ensure you fulfil the requirements for any specific position you apply for.

Can I still be considered for other roles if I’ve been unsuccessful in a previous application?

Yes. We would consider any application that has the correct mix of experience and skills to successfully perform the role.

Our application process

Our application process

I have received a job offer from AstraZeneca or MedImmune, even though I have not applied for the job.

Please be wary of approaches that appear to be offering a job for which you have not applied, especially if personal details or money must be sent in order to proceed with the recruitment. Neither AstraZeneca, MedImmune nor any organisations we work with recruit in this manner. Such approaches are almost certainly fraudulent attempts to gain details of identity for illegal use.

Do AstraZeneca recruiters ever ask for payment or banking information?

Absolutely not. You will never be asked for any form of payment as part of our recruitment process. Please be alert to persons fraudulently posing as Astra Zeneca employees or recruiters. We are aware of instances where fraudsters have requested personal information or made job offers, then asked for payment towards administration fees or accommodation costs. 

How do I report a suspicious or potentially fraudulent recruitment communication?

If you are concerned that you may have received a fraudulent communication, please email providing information about the job you have applied for details of the suspicious communication.

What selection methods does AstraZeneca and MedImmune use?

For each position, we evaluate the most appropriate selection methods to assess the skills and knowledge required for each role. Depending on the position and your area of knowledge, these may involve interviews, a presentation, or group or individual exercises.

For certain positions, particularly in graduate recruitment roles, we may invite you to take part in an assessment event with other applicants. Assessment events give you the opportunity to take part in situations that reflect the position you applied for. These events will enable you to fairly demonstrate your natural skills and competencies.

Can I mail my application instead of applying online?

In general, no. Wherever possible we prefer that you apply online. This makes our application process more efficient and helps us get back to all candidates quicker. We can only accept paper applications if you have no other way to apply online.

Do I have to provide a separate application for every role I apply for?

Yes, you must apply for all roles you are interested in. However, once you have applied for a role with us, your profile will be stored in the system and you can access it using your email and password.

How can I check how my application is progressing?

Shortly after submitting your application, you’ll receive an email acknowledgment. We’ll review your application as quickly as possible, but if there’s a specific application deadline, you’re unlikely to hear from us until after that time. You can also check the status of your application by logging into our application system.

When can I expect to receive feedback on my application?

This can vary depending on each particular vacancy. If your application has reached the interview stage or beyond, you will usually receive feedback within 14 days from the closing date for the role. We are unable to provide feedback to candidates who have been rejected prior to an interview. Once you have created your profile, you can check your application status by logging in.

Who do I contact if I am having problems with my application?

Please email the appropriate country Recruitment/HR Team (or contact us via the AstraZeneca/MedImmune switchboard). You will need to give us a detailed description of the problem and include screen shots, if possible. This will help us quickly act on your request. 

Can I withdraw my application?

If you want to withdraw your application once it’s been submitted, you will need to contact your Local Recruitment Team.

When can I expect to see my offer/contract?

The timing will vary, but we will send your offer as soon as we can. A member of our HR or Recruitment teams will send you contractual information along with other important information regarding AstraZeneca or MedImmune and your new position. 

Can I resubmit an updated cover letter and resume once I have submitted my application?

Yes. We would however advise against doing this as the version you submitted initially may already be being reviewed by the recruiting team. If you contact your local recruitment team, they may be able to amend this for you manually. We would always recommend that you ensure that you are happy with your CV/resume and application before you submit it to ensure that your most up to date documents are considered.

I have been referred to a role by an AstraZeneca or MedImmune employee, when will I hear more?

Your details will be reviewed by a recruiting team. Once this has happened, we’ll let you know and we may ask you to apply for the role directly.

How should I prepare for my interview?

Interviews are a critical part of the selection procedure at AstraZeneca and MedImmune and enable us to answer a number of key questions:

  • Will you be able to perform well at the job?
  • Do you have the potential to progress and lead?
  • Are you enthusiastic and motivated?
  • Will you work well in a team?

Of course, an interview is a two-way process and you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Tell us more about yourself, including your skills and experience.
  • Learn more about the position, the company, our culture and our values.
  • Practice your interview technique and build self-awareness.

Will AstraZeneca/MedImmune reimburse my travel expenses if I come for an interview?

Yes, we will reimburse your expenses if you travel more than 100km for an interview. You will be reimbursed for approved travel expenses by completing the appropriate form in your interview packet and returning it in the self-addressed envelope provided.

What do I need to bring to the interview with me?

You need to bring valid identification and a copy of your resume/CV. In some geographies, copies of documentation to support your educational qualification and previous employer may also be necessary. You may also want to bring writing samples if writing is a key requirement for the role.

I have applied for jobs at AstraZeneca or MedImmune before, but the system does not seem to recognise my username?

We have moved to a new global system. This means you may need to create a new account. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Do I have to submit my application in English?

Normally, you should submit your application in the same language as the job advert for the role you are applying to. 

Starting work with us

Starting work with us

How are new employees welcomed into AstraZeneca and MedImmune?

Our onboarding programme starts from the moment you decide to join us. We believe that the impression you receive when you first join AstraZeneca or MedImmune will have a lasting impact on how you view the organisation. So we have designed our onboarding and induction process to help you gain a better understanding of our culture and ways of working. 

Who is responsible for my induction?

Your line manager is responsible for your induction, but would not be expected to cover all of the elements personally. For example, your line manager/supervisor might explain the departmental organisation, the requirements of the job, the purpose, and the performance review system. A senior manager might give an overview of the organisation, its history, products and services, quality system and culture. A Mentor or 'buddy' might be made available as a colleague, to aid the settling-in period. There are also activities that the new starter can proactively undertake to aid their transition into their new organisation and to increase their performance and development. 

Will I have the opportunity to travel?

We have a presence in over 100 countries worldwide. If it is a requirement of your role to travel, then we will expect you to do this. For those in positions where travel is not required, conference calls, video conferencing and communications will keep you fully up to date and in touch with global colleagues and suppliers.

What about mobility? Is it possible to change jobs within AstraZeneca or MedImmune and is it encouraged?

Our business spans the globe and so we actively promote mobility to make sure we have the right skills in the right place at the right time, but also to help you meet your professional development aspirations. We work hard to ensure opportunities are available and we encourage all employees to discuss any aspirations they have with their manager.

Can I have an international career at AstraZeneca or MedImmune?

Yes. For many employees, international assignments offer an enhanced career pathway that may not exist within other organisations. We can offer these opportunities exist to high performing employees who demonstrate high performance and the ability to succeed.

Do AstraZeneca and MedImmune conduct drug and health screening as part of the recruitment process?

Alcohol and drug testing is carried out for new hires where required by country legislation.

Tell me more about security screening

AstraZeneca and MedImmune's policy is to undertake pre-employment security screening for all posts.

Our principles for security screening include:

  • Security screening will only be undertaken with the individual’s written authorisation.
  • Security screening must be undertaken in accordance with AstraZeneca and MedImmune's company culture and values of openness and honesty.
  • The security screening process must not discriminate against the individual with regard to gender, sexual orientation, colour, religion or age.
  • The person being screened should not have associations with groups whose aims are in conflict with AstraZeneca/ MedImmune’s culture, values or business aspirations.

Why do I need medical screening?

Medical screening is necessary to make sure you are fit to carry out the role being offered.

Why do you request references?

References are obtained and checked as a precaution prior to the commencement of employment. They will be used to gather an opinion from previous employers about your suitability for the position, and can also be used for the purpose of:

  • Verifying your stated experience and career history
  • Obtaining a record of statutory sick pay and parental leave
  • Confirming your reason for leaving his/her most recent position
  • Obtaining data concerning your most recent salary.

Company information

About AstraZeneca and MedImmune

About AstraZeneca and MedImmune

How do I contact my local AstraZeneca or MedImmune HR team?

How can I become a supplier to AstraZeneca or MedImmune?

We operate a tightly controlled preferred supplier list for all permanent and temporary recruitment across all functions. Please be aware that we do not accept unsolicited CVs/resumes from staffing vendors, including recruitment agencies and search firms. We will not pay fees to any such vendors, other than those on our preferred supplier list.

We politely request that you refrain from contacting HR or Purchasing at the current time and ask that you do not approach or solicit AstraZeneca or MedImmune hiring managers regarding these matters. 

Equal opportunities

AstraZeneca and MedImmune are equal opportunity employers. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you require any assistance in submitting an application for employment due to any impairment and / or disability please see above for the contact details for your country office.

How can I find out about your Community Investment, Sponsorship and Donation policy?

Our community investment priority areas are to:

  • Improve health and healthcare services in the local communities in which our employees live and work
  • Promote science education and skills, in particular amongst young people
  • Improve healthcare in vulnerable communities through initiatives that help to strengthen healthcare capabilities

Further information on the sponsorship and community investment can be found here:

For specific country information, please refer to the appropriate country’s website:

AstraZeneca and MedImmune in Cambridge

AstraZeneca and MedImmune in Cambridge

How large will the new Cambridge campus be?

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus site is a growing and thriving hub for world-renowned biomedical activity. The facility will occupy approximately 11 acres of the 70-acre campus, which benefits from a central Cambridge location and strong infrastructure links.

When are AstraZeneca and MedImmune moving to Cambridge?

Our programme to increase our Cambridge presence has already started. This year an additional 400 employees, mostly scientists, will begin their work at temporary sites in Melbourn Science Park, the Cambridge Science Park and Granta Park. We are actively recruiting into roles now to build on these numbers. At the same time, we’re progressing the planning on our new permanent location at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. By 2016, our new site will house a highly skilled workforce of approximately 2,000.

Who will AstraZeneca and MedImmune partner with in the Cambridge area?

In a world where partnerships and collaborations drive medical progress, becoming an integral part of the unique Cambridge scientific community is very important to us.

We are already partnered with a number of leading research organisations in the Cambridge area including the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals, the University of Cambridge Department of Oncology, the Babraham Institute and the Medical Research Council.

In March 2014, we entered into a ground-breaking collaboration with the Medical Research Council. Research will be aimed at better understanding human disease and our operations will be headquartered at our Cambridge site when it is completed in 2016.

What areas of science will Cambridge focus on?

The site in Cambridge will be our largest centre for oncology research, as well as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmune diseases and conditions of the central nervous system.

The facility will also allow us to bring together AstraZeneca’s small molecule and biologics research and development activity, opening up opportunities to exploit the promise of small and large molecule combinations.

Data privacy

Data privacy

Who has access to my application/profile?

Our data privacy policy may vary in accordance with local and regional laws. Please review the relevant Data Privacy statement online when you are submitting your application. 

Animal testing and clinical studies

Animal testing and clinical studies

What is the AstraZeneca and MedImmune's policy in regards to testing on animals?

Who do I contact if I would like to attend clinical testing?

AstraZeneca and MedImmune no longer conduct clinical studies in house. Since 2009, we have used clinics to do this for us. Therefore we no longer recruit people for clinical studies.



What is the process for contractors to apply for roles at AstraZeneca or MedImmune?

Fixed term contractors on AstraZeneca or MedImmune contracts can apply for internal positions and will be considered together with the internal pool of candidates.

Internal candidates will be considered prior to external candidates in all recruitment campaigns. If you are a contractor or a temporary staff member not on an AstraZeneca or MedImmune contract you will be able to apply as external candidates.

When can I apply for holiday work?

Summer holiday work is usually advertised during January-February. We only accept applications via online application systems or through our Externally Managed Resource team.

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