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12-Month Computational Chemistry Industrial Placement Student

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-118520 Date posted 06/09/2021

12-Month Computational Chemistry Industrial Placement Student

Location: Cambridge (UK)

Salary: Competitive

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. We work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing.

We are looking to recruit for a 12 Month Industrial Placement in Computational Chemistry in Cambridge, UK.

You will join as a member of the Computational Chemistry team within the Oncology Medicinal Chemistry Department, and will be involved in a range of computational chemistry research activities relevant to drug discovery. The purpose of these activities is to support our medicinal chemistry design efforts to discover and optimise new drugs in the Oncology therapeutic area.

Examples of tasks the individual might conduct during the placement are:

  • Carrying out structure and ligand-based drug design
  • Analysing molecular solvation
  • Analysis of data from literature and high-throughput screens
  • Employing machine learning algorithms

The placement will aim to provide candidates an opportunity to gain knowledge of/ experience in:

  • Structure- and Ligand-based drug discovery
  • Usage of modern commercial software packages such as Maestro and MOE
  • Introduction to core computational and medicinal chemistry concepts
  • Working within a team

Essential Candidate Requirements:

Currently undertaking an undergraduate chemistry degree with the opportunity to spend 1 year in industry starting in September 2022.

If you are interested in applying for this role please click and apply online providing answers to all of the questions.

Closing Date for Applications: October 17th, 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.

10000036 A UNUN R&D Oncology (Susan Galbraith (07016555)) (85008610)

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