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Research and Development (R&D) Graduate Programme – UK

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-121500 Date posted 20/10/2021

Research and Development (R&D) Graduate Programme - UK

Location: Cambridge, (UK)

Salary: Competitive, with excellent benefits package

Be empowered to be innovative and creative where difference is valued

If you have a science based bachelor’s or master’s degree and a desire to explore your scientific potential within a global biopharmaceutical organisation, our Research and Development (R&D) Graduate Programme could be the perfect start to your career. You’ll gain invaluable insight, exposure and opportunities across our diverse, Research and Development organisation. We’ll accelerate your learning and help you achieve your potential as a research scientist.

About Astrazeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore.

At AstraZeneca, we unlock the power of what science can do by empowering you to explore, everyday we work towards our ultimate aim – treating, preventing, modifying and even curing complex diseases.

About R&D

Be part of a dedicated Research & Development team. Fuelled by our commitment to help more patients, strengthen our pipeline and grow our area. This is the place to go beyond discovery – we think holistically about patients and are always learning from those living with diseases.

By sharing and increasing our knowledge we are empowered to be the best we can be and accelerate progress.

What You’ll Do?

Starting in September 2022, the programme lasts two years, consisting of three individual eight month placements. Each placement will provide you with fantastic insights in to drug discovery and development and the opportunity to expand your knowledge of our therapy areas. The programme’s variety and flexibility provides you with unique exposure within chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology amongst other scientific areas. As well as helping you broaden your scientific knowledge, we’ll help you develop ‘soft’ skills required to fulfil your career potential.

You will gain an invaluable blend of on-the-job experience and coaching. You’ll enjoy guidance and advice from a huge support network, including a mentor and dedicated programme manager. We’ll also encourage you to identify and build collaborative relationships with specialists and leaders across our organisation, and our external networks including leading academic and biotech research institutions. Together, we’ll help accelerate your development and knowledge!

Essential for the role

  • A 2:1 (UK) / GPA 3 (US) / VG Grade (Sweden) or local equivalent Bachelor’s degree, or a Master’s level qualification, in any life science or chemistry related subject awarded in 2021 or due to be awarded before September 2022.

  • Passionate about working in drug discovery, and committed to helping to push the boundaries of science to deliver life changing medicines to patients.

  • Proactive problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Planning, organisational and time management skills.

  • Collaborative, with a partnership approach to achieving success.

Together, we push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients around the world!

Where can I find out more?

Our Social Media, Follow AstraZeneca on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/1603/

Follow AstraZeneca on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/astrazenecacareers/

Follow AstraZeneca on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/astrazeneca_careers/?hl=en

What next?

After you submit your application, you will be asked to complete a gamified test (Pymetrics), as well as an online assessment (SHL). If shortlisted, you will then be invited to a full day virtual assessment day.

Our virtual assessment days will be held week commencing 21st March 2022

Advert Opens 19th October 2021

Advert closes 12th December 2021



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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Great culture, great work assignments, supportive management. Rotation opportunity within the company. They value inclusion and diversity.