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Pharmaceutical Technology & Development 12 month Industrial Placement

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

About AstraZeneca


At AstraZeneca, we’ve long been advocates of industrial placement 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 with a team working on cutting-edge drug development projects, and allowing you to make a significant contribution to the development of new drugs.

Programme details

About the Programme

The Pharmaceutical Technology & Development 12-month Industrial Placement introduces you to the world of ground-breaking drug development, embedding you in highly dedicated teams committed to delivering impactful new medicines to patients.

How to join us

Firstly, you will need to complete an online application form – 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 you take your time to complete your application in full as we place a lot of importance on all areas of the form.
If you are applying for more than one scheme a separate application must be submitted for each scheme.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre at our Macclesfield campus in early November.

If you are successful you will be offered a place on the programme, which is due to commence the following September, lasting for 12 months.

Meet our people

Meet some of our people and discover what they do, what they’ve achieved, and what their ambitions are.

Meet Amy

Meet Amy

Hi, my name is Amy and I have recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, during which I completed a year placement at AstraZeneca as an Analytical Scientist in Product Development.

I thought working at a company like AstraZeneca would be interesting and rewarding, so the AstraZeneca Analytical Student Placement appealed to me straight away.

During my placement I learnt to test a range of drug products and substance samples. I spent the majority of my time working for the Efficient Analysis team, which looks after all GMP stability studies and release testing. The work was fast-paced and improved my ability to meet tight deadlines and organise my time. This helped a lot with my final year at university.

I would recommend doing a placement to anyone. It can be hard work, but was definitely the most enjoyable and valuable year of my degree. Not only did I develop technical skills in analytical chemistry, but I also gained some of the softer skills employers look for. The atmosphere at AstraZeneca is also great! Everyone is happy to help you learn and you always feel your work is valued.

I applied for a job at AstraZeneca after graduating, and was successful. I now work as an Analytical Scientist in Chemical Development. It’s a little different from the work I did as a student, but it’s interesting and I am learning lots.

Meet Beth

Meet Beth

Hi, I’m Beth and I was an Analytical Industrial Student based at the Macclesfield campus. My placement was in Chemical Development where I worked on projects which involved the drug substance and the intermediates in the synthetic process. I spent my placement in the Technical Stewardship team, which is responsible for the drug substance of all AstraZeneca marketed products. The work was really interesting as I got to work on lots of projects across a wide range of disease areas, and I learnt how to maintain a marketed product. In the second half of my placement I spent some time in a mid-late phase project team, working on a highly accelerated project.

I started my placement with limited analytical knowledge, having had no practical experience at university and knowing only a small amount of theory. After the initial training I spent time shadowing other members of my team, but it wasn’t long before I was working independently using a range of equipment. I quickly became confident in many techniques and by the time I ended my placement, I was developing and validating methods. I also became a super-user in Ion Chromatography.

Placements at AstraZeneca are a great experience. It’s a very friendly environment where everyone is very happy to share their experiences with you and answer any questions you might have. During my time at AstraZeneca I went from an analytical novice to being confident in using a wide range of techniques. As well as improving my technical ability, I developed many other skills including learning how to work in a professional team, presenting in meetings and communicating with other members of the project.

I would highly recommend a placement at AstraZeneca to anyone, it is a great transition between university and work life. The skills I developed helped in my final year at university and secured me a job at AstraZeneca after graduation.

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