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IMED Early Phase Drug Discovery Graduate Programme

Locations: Boston, US; Cambridge, UK; or Gothenburg, Sweden
Salary: Competitive plus sign-on bonus and relocation support (where required)

US applications are now open until 7th January 2018, if your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to a half-day assessment centre on either the 20th or 21st February 2018. 

Apply for US programme 

UK applications are now open until 14th January 2018, if your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to a half-day assessment centre on either the 20th or 21st March 2018.

Apply for UK programme

Swedish applications are now open until 21st January 2018, if your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to a half-day assessment centre on either the 27th or 28th March 2018.

Apply for Swedish programme

About IMED

For IMED, collaboration is a way of life. We are committed to developing great science in our own labs, and combining this with the very best external science.

Each year we invest in excess of $1bn on discovering and developing the next generation of life changing medicines, from initial target selection through to the end of Phase two trials, and we're focused on driving the scientific advances in small molecules, RNA and other emerging technologies and drug discovery platforms to push the boundaries of medical science.

Find out more here.

 

 

Programme details

About the programme

The AstraZeneca graduate programme in Innovative Medicines and Early Development (IMED) is designed for those with a passion for science, and a desire to make a genuine difference to the lives of patients today and in the future. During the course of the programme, you will have the opportunity to make a real contribution to our projects and could find yourself involved in scientific breakthroughs that will help deliver the next generation of life saving medicines.

Our graduates undertake a two year programme where they will complete three different eight month placements across IMED with a focus on breadth of experience. We have placements available at our three strategic sites in the US (Boston, Massachusetts), Sweden (Gothenburg) and the UK (Cambridge).

With a placement in the IMED Biotech Unit, you'll help translate the scientific advances we're making into the next generation of life-saving medicines. These are real projects with real responsibility. You could even be involved in our next scientific breakthrough.

What you can expect

We're looking for talented science graduates from a broad range of science disciplines with a bachelors or masters degree, who have graduated in 2017, or are due to graduate in 2018. We are particularly looking for those individuals who have a passion for science and really want to make a difference to patients worldwide by helping us to push the boundaries of science and develop the next generation of medicines that will revolutionise healthcare around the world.  

  • This is a two year programme and includes three individual eight-month placements through different areas of Innovative Medicines and Early Development, providing a broad exposure to multiple areas of basic and applied scientific research.
  • You'll be encouraged to make a real contribution to our projects from day one. So you'll find yourself involved in the design and development of new products leading to the next generation of life-saving medicines, right from the start of your career.
  • Graduates are enrolled in our Global Graduate Development Programme where we focus on the softer skills that are required to make the successful transition into industry. You will complete three modules where you will travel to one of our Global R&D sites to complete the programme and build your knowledge of the exciting science and facilities that are located on each of our R&D sites. Graduates are also aligned to a mentor who is a senior leader in the organisation and will support you for the duration of the programme.
  • You can also expect a competitive salary and benefits.
  • We offer all graduates a generous relocation support if required including Swedish language lessons if you are moving to Sweden.

What does the programme involve?

The IMED Early Discovery Science Graduate Programme will give you broad experience of the drug discovery process by immersing you in real science, giving you responsibility on real projects from the outset and providing ongoing mentoring. The programme includes three rotations, which you can choose from an extensive range of placements, allowing you to tailor your development to your particular passion. We'll also help you to develop soft skills to ease your transition into industry.

Wherever you're based, you'll be working with colleagues who are true experts, as well as with academic institutions and like-minded scientific companies. All in all, the programme provides a springboard to great things, within or outside AstraZeneca. 

Essential requirements

What we're looking for:

  • Science graduates with a minimum of a 2:1 or local equivalent Bachelor's degree or Masters gained in 2017 or 2018
  • Bright, motivated and highly driven individuals with a real passion for drug development 
  • Innovative thinkers with enthusiasm and energy to match their scientific expertise
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team that focuses unequivocally on patient needs
  • Strong critical thinking, stakeholder management, planning, organisational and time management skills

Now is a great time to be a scientist in AstraZeneca. Working across a range of therapy areas our IMED 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.

Therefore our graduates have a range of opportunities to meet with scientists and at every level of our organisation are actively encouraged to go out and speak to our leaders and scientists to obtain more information of the great science that we do.

Mene Pangalos EVP, IMED Biotech Unit

Joining us is as easy as...

You will first of all need to complete an online application form that can be accessed through the links above. 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.
Please apply into one region only.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre at one of our core R&D Sites.
Successful candidates will then be offered a place on our 2018 programme that is due to commence in September 2018.

Meet our people

Dieudonne Shubesi Che

Dieudonne Shubesi Che

I’m Dieudonné from Cameroon. After completion of my MSc in Molecular Medicine (University of Sheffield – UK), I wasn’t very sure what my next step was going to be. I wanted to apply for PhD, but I felt I needed to build more confidence in my skills first. I learned about Astrazeneca through The University of Sheffield Career and Job Service and joined the IMED Graduate Programme at the Gothenburg - Sweden in September 2016. 

My first placement was in Respiratory, Immunity and Autoimmunity (RIA)- Translational Bioscience Department. I was interested in epithelium biology, investigating an immunoregulatory antimicrobial protein produced in the lungs, believed to be important in the pathogenesis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The biology was interesting and I got a lot of support from my Supervisors. I learned new techniques such as ELISA, qPCR, primary culture of lung epithelial cells in 3D air-liquid interface models, but also experience working with human rhinoviruses.

I’m currently in my second placement, still in RIA. This time, I have the opportunity to work in a B cell biology related project. I am testing compounds to determine their ability to boost B cell immunoregulatory responses in relation to cytokine and antibody production. It is a great opportunity to learn about immunology research employing methods such as flow cytometry and immunoassays.

Apart from the science, the IMED Graduate Programme also offers a variety of career enhancement opportunities, such as continuous mentoring and coaching. I have an assigned senior scientist as my personal mentor who is incredibly supportive, willing and always available to counsel and guide me. Each new Graduate Scientist is also assigned a peer mentor from amongst the older Graduate Scientists and mine was instrumental in helping me settle-in. Also, the Global Development Module where all global graduates meet in one of the sites to learn some soft skills is a great way of building our professional skills and relationships. The social atmosphere in the company as a whole makes it easy to integrate and connect with people from diverse social backgrounds.

I am truly lucky to be part of this programme and I believe my expectations have so far been met.  I thoroughly recommend the IMED Graduate Programme as a springboard for young graduates who aim to become tomorrow’s leaders in drug development. 

Victoria Ptasinski

Victoria Ptasinski

My name is Victoria and I am currently on my second placement in the IMED Graduate Programme at AstraZeneca in Gothenburg. I obtained a Master’s degree in Medical Science; Biomedicine from Lund University and enrolled on the programme in September 2016.

With a true passion for curing diseases and to meet the unmet needs of patients, I was looking for possibilities where I would have the opportunity to gain insight into the drug discovery process while being part of ground-breaking research. Having a particular interest in expanding my knowledge within respiratory diseases, one of AstraZeneca’s leading research areas, the IMED Graduate Programme was a clear choice for me after completing my studies.

Undertaking three placements in different areas of early drug discovery and development is a fantastic experience which gives me the opportunity to solve exciting scientific challenges and develop a broad range of technical skills. During my first placement in the Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity department I was exploring the effect of drug candidates on the inflammatory responses of primary cells. This project increased my ability to plan and execute experiments to obtain results that would later form the basis for further development of the drug candidates. My current placement is within Discovery Sciences, where I am developing functional 3D cellular models by using human stem cells with the aim to adapt them to drug discovery and disease modelling. This is a fascinating task which trains me in creating complex disease models while accommodating the high need for reproducibility, which is essential for drug development.

The IMED Graduate Programme is not only providing me with the necessary development possibilities for becoming successful as a scientist, but is also giving me the chance to improve my organisational and management skills through the Global Development Modules across the strategic science centres in Sweden, the US and the UK. The direct exposure to multiple stimulating environments where we get the chance to meet inspirational leaders in science and business is a true advantage of this programme. 

Looking ahead, I am excited to continue exploring the unknown within new fields of medical research and drug discovery. Also, I am looking forward to forming broader connections with the Early Talent community at AstraZeneca by chairing our network for young professionals; AZ Youth Gothenburg. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given so far and cannot wait for the exciting times ahead on the IMED Graduate Programme. 

Daniel Ramirez Montero

Daniel Ramirez Montero

My name is Daniel, I am from Mexico City, and have lived in Wales and the United States for the past seven years. I studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Brown University, in the United States, and I joined the IMED Graduate Programme in Boston in September 2016, right after I completed my undergraduate degree.

When I was finishing university, I did not know what I wanted to do next; I knew that biology was one of my biggest passions, but I did not know what aspect of biology to pursue in the future. I heard about the IMED Graduate Programme through a friend of mine who was part of it. It seemed to be a great opportunity for a young scientist who, like me, was trying to get exposure to many areas of science to make more informed decisions about the future.

My first placement was in Oncology Bioscience, working on target validation of novel targets. My background was in structural biology/biophysics and I had never worked with many of the techniques used in immuno-oncology. At first, I was a little scared of working in a completely new field; further, knowing that I was going to have to share and discuss my data with far more experienced scientist in the field was very daunting. Nevertheless, I noticed right away that all the members of my project team treated me like a peer and that they took my contributions to the group just as seriously as those of anyone else in the room. Feeling so welcomed and appreciated quickly helped me develop more confidence and encouraged me to take on more responsibilities; the more meetings I had, the more confident I felt to share my point of view. Today, after having been here for almost a year, I have seen the strong impact that my work has had on my projects, but my biggest encouragement is the fact that the work I do today may have a positive impact on the lives of many patients in the future.

I am currently halfway through my second placement in the Chemical Biology group, working on developing a mass spectrometry assay to assess the off-target effects of a new modality of small molecule drugs. I am one of the very few biochemists doing Cell and Molecular Biology experiments in my group, which is a big responsibility that has helped me become a more independent and mature scientist.

I am in the process of applying for PhD programs in Cell and Molecular Biology, two fields to which I had little exposure prior to joining AstraZeneca. Thanks to the IMED Graduate Programme, I have stepped out of my comfort zone, explored new areas of biology and found a field in biology about which I am very passionate. I have seen the power that science has to change people’s lives in a positive way and I now feel more confident and informed about the important life choices that I am about to make.

Emily Talbot

Emily Talbot

My name is Emily and I am in my second eight-month placement on the Innovative Medicines and Early Development (IMED) Graduate Programme. I studied Human Physiology at the University of Leeds, where I also completed a summer research studentship before commencing my final year. 

Following an excellent experience during my internship, I knew I wanted to remain as a laboratory scientist and considered doing a PhD, but felt I did not have enough experience to make an informed decision. Having grown up close to AstraZeneca’s sites in Alderley Park and Macclesfield, AstraZeneca was on my radar early in my decision to pursue science. I therefore specifically looked at graduate opportunities and discovered the IMED graduate programme.

The choices offered by the programme’s three-placement format offered me the perfect opportunity to explore a wider range of science.

After just a year, I have gained a breadth of skills across two very different placements. I completed my first placement in Genetic Toxicology within Drug Safety & Metabolism, where I worked on development of a novel cell-based assay for the detection of drug-induced genetic damage. Presenting a poster on my project at a European scientific conference at the University of Cambridge was a major highlight and an opportunity for exposure within the scientific community.

I have remained within Drug Safety & Metabolism for my second placement but moved to Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI). I support drug discovery projects across IMED using a mass spectrometry-based imaging technique to map the biological distribution of compounds and metabolites. Given that my background is primarily cell biology, I chose MSI to challenge myself and take advantage of  the opportunity to explore a completely new field.

As an IMED Graduate Scientist there are many opportunities to develop softer skills applicable to any workplace environment through the Graduate Development Programme.  This has also given me chance to travel and network with our international counterparts.. AZinspire is AstraZeneca’s early talent network that hosts lunchtime educational talks from employees across the whole company (Lunch & Learns), symposiums and social events. I will now be joining the AZinspire committee, organising Lunch & Learns and Journal Club, in which we present and critically discuss scientific literature in an informal setting.

The IMED Graduate Programme has allowed me to engage with many talented scientists from a range of backgrounds within and outside of AstraZeneca, widening my knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and showing me how to integrate good values into my work. Overall, I have found the programme a huge confidence builder. As an inexperienced scientist, I struggled to trust my abilities whereas now, I am far more independent and amazed by what I have already achieved during my time here. I have also finally decided that I do want to do a PhD!

Rob Hanson

Rob Hanson

My name is Robert and I am currently in my second rotation on the Innovative Medicines and Early Development (IMED) Graduate Scientist Programme, based within Cambridge (UK).

Prior to joining the programme, I studied Biochemistry with Human Biology at Keele University. As part of my degree, I undertook a one year industrial placement at AstraZeneca and it was during this time that I learnt about the IMED Graduate Programme.

I was strongly attracted to the programme due to the unique opportunity to undertake three individual eight-month placements within different drug discovery and development functions.  The programme presents a great opportunity to explore different areas of science, build a diverse portfolio of laboratory skills, and gain a broad overview of pharmaceutical R&D.

My current placements is based within the Drug Safety and Metabolism department, with my research project supporting the potential therapeutic application of Precise Genome Editing technology, focussing on preclinical safety assessment.  

My first placement was within Oncology Translational Science (Genomics), which provided an exciting opportunity to use Next Generation Sequencing technology in exploratory biomarker analyses of patient samples to support early stage clinical trials.

The IMED Graduate Programme is a fantastic training opportunity, and a chance to challenge yourself to stretch your knowledge outside of your comfort zone.  It can be challenging to select which departments you would like to spend your placements in, as there are many choices and directions you can take. However, plenty of support is provided to help you make these important decisions and you are assigned a senior mentor within the organisation who can also provide guidance. 

As well as building your technical skills as a scientist, the IMED Graduate Programme puts a strong emphasis on your personal and professional development. The programme includes the completion of the Graduate Development Modules. Through interactive workshops you explore various themes (such as ‘Being Successful’ and ‘Being a Great Scientist) and develop soft transferrable skills which you can apply to the workplace to help you achieve your goals. Furthermore, the development modules provide unique experiences to visit and learn about each of AstraZeneca’s global R&D sites.

The IMED Graduate programme has provided me with additional development and networking opportunities, such as attending GAP Summit 2017 in Washington DC - an external global intergenerational leadership conference. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet future bio-leaders from around the world and to learn from world leaders from the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

AstraZeneca has a vibrant early talent network called AZInspire. The network exists to connect early career professionals across the business and provide learning opportunities such as Symposiums, Journal Club and ‘Lunch & Learn Sessions’ with senior leaders. Through AZinspire, my network has been broadened in learning from individuals from different professional backgrounds and connecting with other graduates.

I would highly recommend the IMED Graduate Scientist programme to individuals who are passionate about science, developing medicines for patients and possess an open-mind set to learning. 

Cortni Dick

Cortni Dick

My name is Cortni and I’m currently in my second eight-month placement of the Innovative Medicines and Early Development (IMED) Graduate Program. Before the program, I studied biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where I got my Bachelor of Science degree.

I came out of my undergraduate studies with a strong academic laboratory background. However, I had yet to experience any of the work being done in industry. What attracted me to the Graduate Program was the flexibility it allowed for exploring different areas of research within the company. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue after graduation so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore my options.

During my first placement, I worked in the Oncology department focusing on assay development for studying DNA damage repair pathways. It was a neat project that really allowed me to think creatively on a problem. For my second placement, I stayed in the Oncology department to work on lung cancer therapies. During both placements I have been responsible for doing both laboratory work such as cell viability assays, western blots, and qPCR and presenting my data at department meetings, group meetings, and journal clubs.

In addition I have completed one of the three development modules of the program. The development modules focus on the softer skills needed to succeed in industry. The first module was focused on what it means to be a great scientist and how to work with people who are different from you. The workshops were valuable and I’m glad I had the opportunity to participate.

Overall, I’d say that my expectations of the program have been met. I’ve learned a lot about industry and met a lot of great people. I’ve grown my network and I’ve had time to think about my next steps. I look forward to my last year in the program!

Frequently asked questions

About the programme

About the programme

How will the programme work?

You would join AZ on a two year fixed term contact and will complete three placements of eight months each across different parts of Innovative Medicines and Early Development. We want to focus on ensuring that you obtain breadth of experience at this stage and will provide as much exposure to as many different parts of Innovative Medicines and Early Development as possible.

Placements cover all the different areas of Innovative Medicines and Early Development and if you are a Chemist for example you might find that you have one placement in Global DMPK, followed by Medicinal Chemistry and Computational Chemistry.

There are many different placements available so our graduates follow many different pathways. Our Bio scientists for example might find themselves in placements in Translational Science, Personalized Healthcare and Biomarkers and Drug Safety and Metabolism or Bioscience.

Will I have a choice of where my placement would be?

You would have regular discussions with your mentor, line managers and programme managers in order to establish your development needs and aspirations. All graduates on the programme are encouraged to reach out to potential placement line managers to discuss the placement and the science conducted within it.

All graduates then submit their preferences in terms of where they would like to be based and this is taken into account when we allocate individuals to placements. We do not plan all 3 placements in advance as we feel it is important to allow our graduates to find out more about our business and their interests and development needs before deciding where they would like to be placed.

Graduates on the programme have the opportunity to express preferences of where they would like to be placed on their first rotation prior to joining us.  All of our graduates have been happy with their placements and the options open to them as we have a wide range of placements available so we really do have something for everyone what ever your scientific interests.

What kind of work will I be doing?

All of our graduates are fully immersed within our teams in the organisation and take on real roles and responsibilities from day one. Our graduates in Innovative Medicines and Early Development are working on a wide range of scientific advances in drug discovery from initial target selection through to the end of Phase 2 trials so whatever your passion and interest there will be an opportunity to work on important areas of drug discovery.

You never know - you could be working on the next scientific breakthrough.Some of the areas that our graduates are currently working in include: Translational Science, Personalised Health Care and Biomarkers, Computational Chemistry, Drug Safety & Metabolism, Global DMPK, Structure and Biophysics and Early Clinical Development across the range of our therapy areas.

Some of our graduates have even had the opportuity to get involved in a scientific publication or presenting their work to a scientific conference, although this is not guaranteed as part of the programme.

How will my performance be managed?

Performance management is a continuous process at AstraZeneca. You should expect to have regular performance discussions with your placement manager and mentor. Your placement manager is also the person who would conduct your end of placement review which will determine what your end of year bonus will look like. You will receive a differentiated bonus according to how you perform.  

You may also be allocated a supervisor who will work with you and the line manager to ensure that you get all the support you need to suceed.

What opportunities will I have to present my work?

All of our graduates are required to produce a poster at the end of each placement which is then presented at a site based poster session. This provides our graduates with a great opportunity to present their work and talk about the science that they have been working on.

This is also a great opportunity for all graduates to find out more about the science conducted on each of the placements on the programme. Some of our graduates have also been selected to present their posters at our Internal Science Symposiums at our sites in other countries.

Will I obtain a permanent role at the end of the programme?

We are not able to guarantee you a permanent role at AstraZeneca at the end of the programme. You would have the opportunity to apply for a role in AstraZeneca at the end of the programme and a number of our graduates have been successful in obtaining a position with us.

Other graduates have moved onto an AZ Sponsored/Industrial PhD and will continue to work with us as they complete their research.  Other graduates move on to PhD programmes independent of AZ or employment in other organisations.

Whatever the outcome at the end of the programme for you we are confident that you will benefit significantly from the skills and experience that you would obtain from the completion of the IMED Graduate Programme. All of our graduates have said that they have benefited enormously from their time on our graduate programme which has served as the springboard to their next career step whether this be a PhD or employment.

Will I have an opportunity to work overseas as part of the programme?

We do offer some overseas placements as part of the programme but this is not guaranteed.

Opportunities for development

Opportunities for development

What are the opportunities for development?

You will be encouraged to grow and develop throughout the 2 year programme. A number of development interventions will be put into place including drug discovery and development training as well as other relevant technical and specific placement training.

All graduates will also be enrolled into our global graduate development programme to supplement the on placement skills and experience.

What does the graduate development programme cover and how will it work?

We are working with an external partner to deliver our graduate development programme who specialises in graduate development. The development programme will focus on 3 core areas of being successful, being a great scientist and planning for the future.

Our graduates travel as a Global Cohort to each of our core R&D Sites to complete one of the modules so you will have the opportunity to travel to the UK, US and Sweden as part of the programme. We always take the opportunity to spend the whole week together to learn more about the particular site.

The development programme also provides an opportunity for our graduates to meet their global peers and to understand more about our business. Our graduates feel that the development programme really helps them to develop the softer skills that they need to succeed.

What else will be involved in the programme?

The development programme is very interactive and we use professional actors to help you to develop the communication skills and confidence that you need to succeed in AstraZeneca. The graduates also have the opportunity to work as teams on real business related projects and tasks.

We also encourage the graduates to make video diaries and complete a learning journal so that they can keep an accurate record on their development on the programme. The modules are also supplemented with pre and post workshop interventions including the use of a range of online tools and technologies.

All graduates on the programme will also form global learning network groups to support each other through the programme. Your line managers and mentors will also be trained to ensure that you gain the most benefit from this opportunity.

What other opportunities are there for development on the programme?

Graduates on the programme are encouraged to seek our opportunities to enrich their own personal development. Some of our Graduates attended the GAP Summit at Cambridge University earlier this year. Others have had the opportunity to meet Nobel Prize winners and to attend internal symposiums and confereneces.

A number of of graduates have been shortlisted to present their work at the IMED Science Symposiums at another R&D Site.

The roles within the programme

The roles within the programme

What does the programme manager do?

The programme manager is the person is responsible for the delivery of the graduate programme for Innovative Medicines and Early Development. The programme manager manages the attraction, recruitment and onboarding of all graduates on the programme working in conjunction with regional programme team members and the Early Talent Coordinator.

The programme manager also works with all graduates to establish placement preferences and to ensure that we have the appropriate number and range of placements, mentors and line managers to deliver the programme.

The programme manager also works with our training company to design and deliver the Global Graduate Development programme.

What is the role of the mentor?

The mentor is a leader within the organisation who will support you for the duration of the programme by offering career guidance, advice and support. The mentor is also there to challenge your thinking and to provide a different perspective to that of the placement and programme manager.

Our current graduates really value this different perspective and having this 1:1 support for the duration of the programme.

Who will be my line manger?

You will have 3 different line managers during the course of the programme as you will have a different line manager for each of your placements. Your line manager may also involve a lab supervisor. Your line manager will work with you to identify your objectives for your placement and will also ensure that you have the relevant training and resources to be able to make a valuable contribution to our projects whilst you are working with them.

Your line manager will conduct your end of placement review ensuring that you will have an opportunity to summarise what you have achieved on your placement.

About our selection process

About our selection process

How many positions are you recruiting?

Globally we are looking to recruit approximately 20 new graduates in 2018.

What countries are you recruiting in?

We will have IMED graduates based in our Strategic R&D Sites in Gothenberg in Sweden, Waltham, Massachusetts in the US and Cambridge in the UK.

What will the selection process look like?

We have developed a robust selection process that will enable us to ensure that we select the best candidates to join our programme. This will consist of a number of different types of exercises and interviews that will test your technical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

You will be provided with detailed information on how you can prepare for one of our selection events at one of our sites should you be shortlisted. Our assessment centres are very much a two way process and this is our opportunity to find out about your suitability for a place on our programme but it is also your opportunity to find out whether the programme is right for you.

Previous candidates have commented on how useful they have found our assessment centres to be in providing an insight into drug discovery even if they have been unsuccessful at obtaining a place on the programme.

Can I apply for a position in more than one county?

As the selection process is managed by a Global Team who manage all of our recruitment globally you do not need to do this. We request that you apply into one region only and state a willingness to work in the other regions as part of your application process.

When can I expect to hear whether my application has been successful?

We aim to contact all candidates within 4-6 weeks from the closing date to confirm whether you have been shortlisted to progress within our process. Please bear in mind that our advert will be open for a number of months and you will not hear anything from us with regards to the progress of your application during this time.

Will I be provided with feedback if my application has been unsuccessful?

Due to the volume of applications that we receive we regret that we are unable to provide feedback to these candidates who have not been shortlisted at our application stage. However all candidates who are progressed to interview will be provided with feedback if their application has been unsuccessful.

What if I cannot make the selection dates that you have indicated?

As we hold global events at a number of our key R&D sites we will be unable to offer an alternative date for candidates who cannot make the assessment dates. We therefore, include details of our assessment centre dates on our advertisements so candidates are clear about this when they submit their applications.

What is the salary and benefits package?

We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package including an annual performance bonus, flexible benefits and private healthcare.

Will I be provided with relocation support?

All graduates who join the programme are provided with relocation assistance if required which includes a graduate 'golden hello' which is a lump sum payment to help with the costs of setting up home in a new area as well as support with removal expenses and temporary accommodation if required.

Overseas graduates who are relocating to Sweden are also provided with language lessons and a settling in support where we will provide assistance with the establishment of national insurance numbers and bank accounts. All graduates who are moving into a new country will also be provided with relocation support from an external vendor to help you to find a place to stay.

I do not have any lab work experience - will that be a problem?

Whilst any work experience is very valuable for candidates this is not essential. Our programme is very much part of our longer term strategy so we look for candidates who have a real passion for science and who want to make a difference to the lives of patients and candidates should not be discouraged from applying if they feel they have the right skills and qualities to succeed on our programme.

What disciplines do you recruit?

We recruit a broad range of science disciplines on the programme ranging from chemical and biological sciences to specialist disciplines such as translational science, pharmacology and drug discovery. If you have graduated in 2017 or are due to graduate in 2018 and have a strong science background then you are eligible to join our programme.

Do you only accept candidates with a master's degree?

No we accept masters and bachelor graduates onto the programme and have a combination of both at any one time.

Do you only hire local candidates in each country?

No we are happy for candidates who reside within one country to submit an application to another should they wish to experience a different country/culture as part of the programme. In fact we have a number of examples where we have recruited UK graduates into the US and Sweden as they have had a preference to work in another country as part of the programme.

Candidates do need to be eligible to apply for the country in which they wish to work though.

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