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Innovative Medicine and Early Development Undergraduate Industrial Student Programme

Locations: UK & Sweden


Applications are now closed. Please check back in the coming months for details on our 2017 intake.

About the Programme

The IMED Undergraduate Industrial Student (UIPS) Programme introduces individuals to the world of ground-breaking drug discovery, embedding undergraduates within highly dedicated teams driven to creating impactful new medicines.

Programme details

About AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we’ve been long-time advocates of industrial placements and work experience that provide training relevant to the industry. We take it as our responsibility to help promising scientists mature into the researchers of the future. We achieve this by aligning each student to a meaningful research project directly linked to their team’s core objectives and as such makes a significant contribution to creating new drugs. We embed our students into the teams that are driving the research to discover these new drugs, immersing them in a world of practical, laboratory based science.

What you can expect

We offer 12 month placements in world class facilities in two distinct but parallel schemes: Synthetic Organic Chemistry, and Bioscience.

Within Synthetic Organic Chemistry you will:

  • Join one of our project teams as a medicinal chemistry team member
  • Spend 80-90% of your time carrying out practical synthetic chemistry, being exposed to a wide range of diverse organic synthesis
  • Develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills
  • Become a proficient synthetic organic chemist

Within Bioscience we offer:

  • Bespoke laboratory based projects that accounts for a minimum of 60% of the placement time
  • Individual supervisors responsible for your development
  • Positions available in 4 research Functions that cover the breadth of early drug discovery: Oncology, Discovery Sciences, Personalised Healthcare & Biomarkers and Drug Safety & Metabolism
  • Placements available in Cambridge / Cheshire (UK) and Mölndal (Sweden)

Common to both schemes you will become an expert in a wide range of modern technologies and scientific techniques including access to cutting edge science. You will develop a range of transferable attributes including communication and presentation skills. Collectively the placement experience will significantly enhance your potential for future employment within both academic and industrial environments.

Who can apply

Chemistry undergraduate applicants should be studying for BSc / MChem / MSci or equivalent, have completed a first year and be starting a second year of study, and be performing at a high level (equivalent to achieving a 1st or 2.1 class degree).

Bioscience undergraduate applicants should be studying for BSc / MSc or equivalent in any Biological or Life Science aligned course, and be performing at a high level (equivalent to achieving a 1st or 2.1 class degree).  BSc candidates should have completed a first year and be starting a second year of study. MSc candidates should have completed a second year and be starting a third year of study.

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.

Mene Pangalos EVP, IMED Biotech Unit

How to join us

You will need to complete an online application using the links to apply at the top of the page. Applications are open from September 1st and close October 16th 2016. 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 clearly specify your preferences if you are applying for more than one region.
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 2017 programme that is due to commence in September 2017.

Meet our people

Meet Sophie

Meet Sophie

My name is Sophie and I am a Bioscience Undergraduate Industrial Placement Student (UIPS) based at AstraZeneca, Alderley Park. My placement is within the Oncology iMed department; developing and researching a new cell culture method for both normal and primary tumour cells. This project is really enjoyable to work on as it is a novel and innovative technique; allowing me to have a lot of input into the design of the experiments. Aside from my project, I also get involved with other projects within Oncology, letting me explore the many different areas of research carried out here.

Since starting my placement in September I have learnt a vast array of new techniques, as well as how to act within professional laboratory environment. Working here, I have had countless new experiences such as attending conferences and weekly team meetings, where I feel a valued and an important part of the team. The programme has taught me to be more independent and organised with my time, as experiments need to be worked around meetings and other commitments, whilst still being completed on time.

There is always the feel of enthusiasm in the air at AstraZeneca due to all the exciting science that is continually happening. Working with other scientists who are passionate about their job and the products made here makes for a great working environment – and everyone is always on hand to answer any questions you may have about anything. There is a great Fresher’s network within AstraZeneca, made specifically for students and graduates, which allows you to mix with people from different areas of the company. This network organises various talks within work and socials outside of work, meaning the atmosphere between the students and graduates is very friendly, which really helps the transition between University to working life.

The range of people you mix with when working here, from VPs to senior scientists to students and graduates, makes this excellent place to work and I would recommend doing a placement at AstraZeneca to anyone.

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