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Pharmaceutical Technology & Development 12-month Industrial Placement

Pharmaceutical Technology & Development 12-month Industrial Placement

All programmes are now closed, other than Data Science, which closes on the 2nd December 2019. 

At AstraZeneca, we’ve long been advocates of industrial placement training.

We see it as our responsibility to help promising scientists and engineers mature into the researchers of the future, by immersing them in a world of practical, laboratory-based science. This is achieved by aligning each student with a team working on cutting-edge drug development projects and allowing you to make a significant contribution to the development of new drugs.

About the programme

The Pharmaceutical Technology & Development 12-month Industrial Placement introduces you to the world of ground-breaking drug development, embedding you in highly dedicated teams committed to delivering impactful new medicines to patients.

What you can expect

We offer 12-month placements at our Macclesfield campus, in five distinct but parallel schemes; Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Data Science, Computational Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Within Computational Chemistry you will:

  • Join world class scientists to prioritise, and impact the design of, novel molecules in the oncology therapeutic area
  • Learn about and perform a variety of computational techniques such as structure and ligand-based drug design, solvation analysis, property prediction and utilisation of machine-learning algorithms
  • Gain experience in the use of modern and industry-leading commercial software packages
  • Develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills
  • Have opportunities to present your work to project teams and across the department.

Within Data Science you will:

  • Join a multi-disciplinary community of specialists working in our world class Pharmaceutical Technology and Development function to develop our ways of working of tomorrow
  • Conduct hands-on data mining/machine learning projects based on specific datasets and customer problems
  • Be responsible for developing and piloting analytical tools, algorithms and methods
  • Constructively collaborate with a diverse range of analytical, computational and scientific colleagues
  • Develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills.

Within Synthetic Organic Chemistry you will:

  • Join one of our project teams working with world class scientists to develop chemical processes for synthesising new medicines. Your work would support the progression of new treatments to help patients
  • Have the opportunity to learn about and perform a variety of organic synthesis, purification, reaction monitoring, scale up and automation techniques
  • Spend 80-90% of your time carrying out practical synthetic chemistry and gaining experience of process development. There may also be opportunities in the areas of parallel synthesis, catalysis and physical organic chemistry
  • Have opportunities to present your work within project teams and more widely across the department to develop transferrable skills.

Within Analytical Chemistry you will:

  • Join one of our project teams working with world class scientists to deliver new medicines to patients.
  • Have the opportunity to learn about analytical techniques in-depth, develop your investigative skills and lead your own 10-week analytical chemistry-based project.
  • Spend the majority of your placement carrying out practical analytical chemistry, and be exposed to a wide range of diverse analytical techniques.
  • Develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills.

Within Chemical Engineering you will:

  • Join one of our project teams working with world class engineers to deliver new medicines to patients.
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the application of risk assessments, scale-up and process transfer to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Support development of drug substance or drug product manufacturing processes, and be exposed to a wide range of manufacturing processes and scales.
  • Develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills.

Who can apply?

In all of our programmes we look for individuals who have drive, enthusiasm, strong team working skills and a desire to learn. Specific requirements for each programme are listed below.

Computational Chemistry

  • Undergraduate applicants should be studying for a Chemistry-based BSc / MChem / MSci or equivalent degree
  • Should have completed the first/second year of their degree and be starting the second/third year of study
  • Be performing at a high level, equivalent to achieving a 1st or 2.1 class degree.

Data Scientists

  • Undergraduate applicants should be studying for a numerate degree including: Maths, Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, or a Chemistry, Engineering or Physics degree involving formal training and practice in data manipulation and coding
  • Should have completed the first/second year of their degree and be starting the second/third year of study
  • Be performing at a high level (equivalent to achieving a 1st or 2.1 class degree)
  • Knowledge of chemistry (especially Organic) not necessary, but useful
  • Coding experience essential, Python advantageous.

Synthetic Organic Chemistry

  • Undergraduate applicants should be studying for a Chemistry-based BSc / MChem / MSci or equivalent degree
  • Should have completed the first/second year of their degree and be starting the second/third year of study
  • Be performing at a high level, equivalent to achieving a 1st or 2.1 class degree.

Analytical Chemistry

  • Undergraduate applicants should be studying for a Chemistry-based BSc / MChem / MSci or equivalent degree
  • Should have completed the first/second year of their degree, and be starting the second/third year of study
  • Be performing at a high level, equivalent to achieving a 1st or 2.1 class degree.

Chemical Engineering

  • Undergraduate applicants should be studying for a Bio/Chemical Engineering  BEng /MEng degree
  • Should have completed the first/second year of your degree, and be starting the second/third year of study
  • Be performing at a high level (equivalent to achieving a 1st or 2.1 class degree).

How to join us

  1. Firstly, you will need to complete an online application form. Applications open in September and close mid-October. It is important that you take your time to complete your application in full as we place a lot of importance on all areas of the application form.
  2. Please clearly specify your preferences if you are applying for more than one scheme.
  3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre at our Macclesfield campus in early November.
  4. Successful candidates will then be offered a place on the programme, which is due to commence the following September, finishing at the end of August.

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