12 Month BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology Research & Development- Undergraduate Industrial Student Placement

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


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12 Month BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology Research & Development- Undergraduate Industrial Placement

Locations: Cambridge, Liverpool, London, UK and Gothenburg, SE

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 to you across multiple departments and therapy areas. 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 Cambridge, Liverpool and London campuses in the UK, and at our Gothenburg campus in Sweden. Placement students will be hosted in one of our therapy areas or other disease areas; or across our BioPharmaceutical Development, Discovery Sciences, Antibody Discovery and Protein Engineering, or Clinical Pharmacology and Safety Sciences departments.

Therapy areas


Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism

Respiratory & Immunology

Other disease areas


Infection & Vaccines



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 employee resource groups, 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.

Additional Information:

Applications are now open until 23rd October, 2022, with interviews to take place from 14th November, 2022.

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Closing Date


AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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