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Pharmaceutical Technology Summer Placements

Pharmaceutical Technology & Development Summer Placements

  • Analytical Chemistry Summer Placement: Applications are now closed
  • Pharmacy Summer Placements: Applications are now closed
  • Chemical Engineering Placements: Applications are now closed

About AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we’ve long been advocates of industrial placements and work experience to help provide relevant 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 to a specific work package that contributes to one of our cutting-edge drug development projects, allowing you to make a significant contribution to developing new ways of working.

About the programme

The Pharmaceutical Development Summer Placement Programme 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 10-week placements at our Macclesfield campus, in three distinct but parallel schemes: Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy.

Within Analytical Chemistry you will:

  • Be assigned a specific project alongside an experienced lead scientist.
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the different roles of pharmacists in drug development, and lead your own 10-week project.
  • Spend the majority of your placement carrying out practical analytical chemistry, and being exposed to a range of diverse analytical techniques.
  • Develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills.

Within Chemical Engineering you will:

  • Be assigned a specific project alongside an experienced lead engineer.
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the application of engineering in drug development, and lead your own 10-week project.
  • Support development of drug substance or drug product manufacturing processes, and be exposed to a range of manufacturing processes and scales.
  • Develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills.

Within Pharmaceutical Science you will:

  • Be assigned a specific project alongside an experienced pharmaceutical scientist.
  • Have the opportunity to learn about the different roles of pharmacists in drug development, and lead your own 10-week project.
  • Support development of drug product formulation design and manufacturing processes, and be exposed to a range of manufacturing processes and scales.
  • Support development of cutting-edge technologies in the field of drug delivery, product characterisation and modelling.
  • 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.

Analytical Chemistry

  • Undergraduate applicants should be studying for a Chemistry-based BSc / MChem / MSci or equivalent degree.
  • Should have completed at least the first year of your degree when applying 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 Chemical Engineering BEng /MEng degree.
  • Should have completed at least the first 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).

Pharmaceutical Science

  • Undergraduate applicants should be studying in the UK for a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree.
  • Should have completed the second year of your degree and be starting the 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.
  4. Successful candidates will then be offered a place on the programme, which is due to commence the following July, completing early September.

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