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Research and Development (R&D) Undergraduate Industrial Student Programme

BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology Research & Development Undergraduate Industrial Placement Programme - 12 month placement 

Applications are currently open for our 2022 intake Undergraduate Industrial Placement Studentships (UIPS), and will close on 17th October 2021 - Apply now

Locations: UK and Sweden

About AstraZeneca

We are a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. At AstraZeneca, we’ve long been advocates of industrial placement training. We believe it is our responsibility to help promising scientists develop into the researchers of the future, by immersing them in a world of practical, lab-based science. This is achieved by aligning each student with a research team working on cutting-edge drug discovery projects. You will feel trusted and empowered to take on new challenges, but with all the help and guidance you need to succeed.

About the Programme

The BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology Research & Development (R&D) Undergraduate Industrial Placement Programme provides the opportunity for you to undertake a 12-month placement that will introduce you to the world of innovative drug discovery where we push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. There are a range of placements available including laboratory based placements, Data Science and AI, and Statistics and Programming. You’ll get to do meaningful work in a pioneering research and development driven organisation. As well as developing the skills, knowledge and connections that will set you up for success you will be among curious, passionate and open-minded people eager to learn, follow the science, and grow as professionals in a truly collaborative and global team.

What you can expect: 

We offer 12-month placements at our Gothenburg campus in Sweden alongside placements at our Cambridge Campus, and potentially in London and Liverpool, UK.

  • Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism
  • Oncology
  • Respiratory
  • Inflammation and Autoimmunity
  • Neuroscience
  • Infection and Vaccines
  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence 

Laboratory-based Placements

You will be embedded in one of our research teams working with world class scientists to deliver new medicines to patients. You will spend the majority of your placement working on a bespoke laboratory-based project and will be assigned a dedicated Industrial Project Supervisor. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills. You will also be given access to AstraZeneca’s early talent network and to a range of volunteering opportunities in STEM outreach and across local communities.

Data Science and AI Placements

AI, including deep learning (computer algorithms inspired by biological neural networks), is revolutionising drug discovery and development from drug design to pivotal clinical trials and beyond. You will join a multi-disciplinary community of specialists to harness the power of our data and AI to deliver life-changing medicines to patients worldwide. You will conduct hands-on data mining/machine learning projects based on specific datasets, be responsible for developing and piloting analytical tools, algorithms and methods, and will be assigned a dedicated Industrial Project Supervisor. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills. You will also be given access to AstraZeneca’s early talent network and to a range of volunteering opportunities in STEM outreach and across local communities.

Who can apply?

Join our Undergraduate Programme and be part of making a difference, making connections, and gaining the tools and experience to open doors and fulfil your potential. 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.

Laboratory-based Placement Applicants should be:

  • Undergraduates studying for a BSc, integrated Masters (e.g. Msci/MbiolSci/Mpharmacol), or equivalent in any Biological or Life Science-aligned course
  • At the time of application, candidates should have completed at least one year of their undergraduate course
  • The Industrial placement will be undertaken during the third, or potentially fourth, year of an undergraduate course
  • Performing at a high level, with the potential to achieve a 1st or 2:1 class degree.

Data Science & AI Placement Applicants should be:

  • Undergraduates studying for a numerate degree including: Maths, Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, or similar
  • Experience in Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology/Chemistry, or Bio-/Cheminformatics would be advantageous, but not essential
  • At the time of application, candidates should have completed at least one year of their undergraduate course
  • The Industrial placement will be undertaken during the third, or potentially fourth, year of an undergraduate course
  • Performing at a high level, with the potential to achieve a 1st or 2:1 class degree

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Now is a great time to be a scientist in AstraZeneca. Working across a range of therapy areas our teams are focussed on translating the really cool science that is happening in our labs into the next generation of medicines that patients need. To make this happen we need great people who share our passion for science and who have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world.

– Mene Pangalos, EVP and President BioPharmaceuticals R&D

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Meet Catriona

Bioscience Undergraduate Industrial Placement Student (UIPS)

"The training and support I have received has allowed me to make meaningful contributions to my project and wider department, giving me the confidence to handle responsibilities I would have previously shied away from."

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