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Scientist

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-064097 Date posted 10/22/2019

As a scientist at AstraZeneca you'll apply your expertise to help us deliver great medicines, develop your technical and interpersonal skills and gain a breadth of insight into the business.

We are a major international healthcare player engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. We’re proud to have a rare workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, you are empowered to express diverse perspectives and made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for your ideas and creativity.

Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) utilises great science delivered by great people to develop medicines that help millions of patients worldwide. We're now looking to recruit a number of  chemistry graduates on a permanent basis into our Chemical Development teams. Together, we design and deliver the manufacturing processes to produce the active ingredients required to support new medicines – from supplies for use in clinical trials to developing the technology to ensure drugs are successfully scaled up for commercial manufacture.

We’re looking for scientists that are enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn. As a key member of either the chemistry or analytical team, you'll be delivering synthetic organic or analytical activities for drug projects to meet development timelines. You will work collaboratively with other process and analytical chemists, engineers, project managers to achieve an effective delivery.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Develop chemical routes and processes whilst providing technical support to the manufacture of intermediates and bulk drug batches for discovery, pre-clinical or clinical use.
  • Develop robust analytical methodologies to enable the design of synthetic routes and processes.
  • Apply your analytical skills to real-life situations and delivering critical data that influences project direction.
  • Use your technical knowledge to contribute to improvement projects and the evaluation of state of the art technologies.
  • Utilise specialist scientific and technology networks within Chemical Development and wider functions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, representing your own department and area of expertise.
  • Ensure that work is in accordance with appropriate Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) guidelines, quality and compliance standards, e.g. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry (2:1 or higher)
  • Demonstrate current synthetic chemistry or analytical chemistry content within degree course.
  • Experience of a broad range of practical synthetic chemistry and/or analytical techniques e.g. reaction set-up, monitoring, work-up, purification, LC, NMR, MS.
  • You will have a rational approach to decision-making; make judgments based on sound reasoning, approach problems in logical way and use data to make sound judgments.
  • Systematic approach to work, self-motivated and displays evidence of delivering to deadlines.

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Sandwich placement or employment after graduating in a lab based synthetic organic chemistry or analytical chemistry role, ideally in an industrial environment.
  • Organic synthesis or analytical chemistry project in final year of degree.
  • Good working knowledge of scientific literature and searching techniques.
  • Good teammate who demonstrates evidence of collaboration.

Sound exciting? To apply please include a CV and cover letter with your application. The application deadline is 5th January 2020. Successful candidates will be informed of interviews in January 2020 and first round interviews will take place in February 2020.



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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