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Postdoc programme: Discover how far you can take your science

The results of this focus on science are obvious, with new drugs being delivered to patients and our science being published in leading journals. Join our Postdoc programme and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to join these efforts and carry out cutting-edge science, supported by one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. 

About the programme

The results of this focus on science are obvious, with new drugs being delivered to patients and our science being published in leading journals. Join our Postdoc programme and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to join these efforts and carry out cutting-edge science, supported by one of the world’s leading pharmaceuticals companies.

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The Postdoc programme

Based at one of our sites in the US, UK or Sweden, you will be part of a vibrant Postdoc community, working on highly innovative, even ground-breaking work that originates from scientists and clinicians across our research areas. As part of our wider Postdoc network you’ll be encouraged to get together with your peers to socialise and share experiences around your science and projects. You’ll also be encouraged to attend scientific conferences and seminars to show your work, which we would expect to be eventually published in the leading journals from your discipline.

To achieve these goals, you’ll be supported by experienced AstraZeneca scientists, as well as an external academic supervisor – a respected scientist who will help guide your work over the course of your time here. Teamwork is critical at AstraZeneca and you’ll benefit from the collaboration and guidance of your colleagues to help drive your success. 

Who we look for

You’ll be the kind of scientist who lives for research. Someone who loves the thrill of hands-on science, challenging the way things are done, introducing new techniques and generating fresh ideas. Someone who wants to contribute to the next big scientific breakthrough.

Always looking for new approaches, you’ll enjoy working in an environment that offers you the freedom to explore and implement your ideas.

You will need a science-based PhD and/or MD plus a strong record in a field such as biochemistry, physiology, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, computational biology/chemistry, informatics, medicinal chemistry, biophysics, structural biology, DMPK, safety & toxicology, clinical research and trials, modelling and simulation, and/or statistics. Just as important, you’ll combine a natural curiosity with strong technical ability and a genuine love of science and what it can achieve. 

How to join us

  • You can apply to all of our roles on this website. Simply go to the job search section. Additional opportunities may become available throughout the year. Please follow AstraZeneca social channels for announcements.
  • You will need to complete the online application form that is associated with each of the positions. If you are interested in more than one position you will need to fill in an application form for each one. 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.
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited to a skype-like interview to aid in selection prior to a final assessment centre at one of our core R&D Sites.
  • Successful candidates will be offered a start date convenient to them and the supervisor but usually within three months of the offer.
"You’ll enjoy the opportunity to join these efforts and carry out cutting-edge science, supported by one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies."

Meet our people

Hadley Coonley - Programme Manager

Hadley Coonley - Programme Manager

What will Postdoc scientists get out of the programme?

We hope that, principally, the postdoc will have an excellent scientific experience here at AstraZeneca. With access to significant resources and exposure to the cut and thrust of drug discovery, we view the programme as a launch pad for the next steps in your career, whether it’s in a big company or start-up. We’re also very committed to ensuring postdocs publish well from their time at AstraZeneca and have the chance to attend the best conferences in their fields. This ensures they leave AstraZeneca with a very attractive set of achievements and experiences.

In the opposite direction, I’ve always found that postdocs bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and excitement for science to our labs and inspire the scientists around them. Together the postdoc experience at AstraZeneca can be very rewarding for all of those involved in the programme.

How does the programme mix academia and industry?

On the programme you have your own academic supervisor and are expected to bring them in to engage with your project. I think this gives our research projects real academic credibility, because you have access to an absolute expert in your field for advice and help with experiments, potential access to tools and reagents and support in publishing. It’s all designed to make sure you, as a postdoc, get as much out of your time with us as you possibly can. 

How does AstraZeneca differ from other companies?

AstraZeneca has committed to the Postdoc programme as a leading source of scientific innovation for the company. I don’t see such an investment in many other places. For instance, we’re making investments in emerging technologies such as gene editing, stem cells and advanced drug delivery. Working in such areas can really give Postdocs an advantage as they move beyond AstraZeneca.

I truly believe AstraZeneca has a more open, supportive and team-focused culture than you would find in a lot of other scientific organisations. Exposure to such an environment can only enrich the postdoc experience.

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