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Pharmaceutical Technology & Development Graduate Programme

Pharmaceutical Technology & Development (PT&D) Graduate Programme  

Applications for our UK 2022 programme are open, apply now.

Locations: Macclesfield, UK; or Gothenburg, Sweden
Salary: Competitive and relocation support (where required)

About PT&D

Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) is a chemistry, manufacturing and control function which delivers medicines through innovative science and digital technology. We design, develop, and optimise synthetic routes, formulations, devices, and packaging for commercial manufacture.

PT&D lead development projects across three key therapeutic areas while providing on market technical support. It's our accountability to supply our medicines to patients globally in AstraZeneca clinical studies. We ensure quality to protect our patients whilst driving business improvements and operational excellence. We are an entrepreneurial, science function that creates innovative business opportunities to advance sustainable, digital processes and technologies while developing our people to strengthen future capabilities.

About the programme

We truly value our Graduate talent, their experience, knowledge, ideas and who they are. So here, you’ll be empowered to jump in, take the initiative and be part of meaningful project teams to make an impact and deliver real value for our patients and our business.

With a high level of emphasis placed on personal development and career progression, you’ll work on a variety of projects aligned to your experience and career ambitions. Building a broad skill base that will enable you to strengthen both your managerial and technical capabilities and help you to accelerate your learning and take the next step. A Programme for self-starting, highly motivated collaborators with a real passion for science, this is the place to challenge yourself and build the skills, confidence and network to grow your career and change patients’ lives.

Forward-looking and grounded in game-changing science and technology, our PT&D Graduate Programme is made for those eager to feed their curiosity, ready to take the initiative, and keen to make an impact.

What you can expect

Here, you’ll be responsible for supporting the design and development of innovative products and manufacturing processes that impact patient’s lives, every day. From concept through to delivery, you’ll bring your technical expertise and innovative thinking to help drive change. Working as a team and leveraging ground-breaking science and technology to meet patients’ needs and achieve collective success.

Starting in September 2022, the two-year programme will consist of three individual eight-month placements. These placements will provide you with broad exposure to multiple areas of basic and applied scientific research, and experience of the medicines design, development and commercialization process, as well as utilizing cutting edge data technologies and advancing our digital health portfolio. Through the rotations, you’ll have the ability to explore different areas of interest and learn from experts from across your business area. You can choose from a wide range of placements and we’ll do all we can to meet your preferences.

Our Graduate Programme is a close-knit peer community of diverse minds and individuals. Here, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to create connections and build bonds with others in your international intake, whilst equally growing your network with experts and leaders across the business.

Essential requirements

What we're looking for:

  • High-achieving, technically expert graduates in Chemistry, Chemical/Mechanical or Device Engineering, Pharmacy or Physics related subjects who have completed their Bachelor's or Master's degree in 2020/21, or are due to graduate by September 2022 with a 2:1 or higher or equivalent grading.
  • Innovative thinkers whose enthusiasm matches their scientific expertise.
  • Confidence and desire to tackle new challenges and work situations with ease.
  • Energy and motivation to be part of a team that believes collaboration is key to meeting the unmet needs of patients.
  • Collaborative, with a partnership approach to achieving success.

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Any graduate joining PT&D will, from day one, be part of a team applying brilliant science and engineering to turn molecules into medicines. The variety of experiences gained from rotation through different placements provides an invaluable breadth of business awareness and understanding from which to build an exciting career in AstraZeneca.

- Dafni Bika, VP & Global Head of PT&D

Global TB

Meet Annika

Scientist in the PT&D Graduate programme

"I appreciated the great feeling of co-operation where everyone was working together towards the same goals. And even as a master's thesis student I really felt like being part of the team."

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