Postdoctoral Programme Partner​

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Postdoctoral Programme Partner​

Location: Cambridge

Type: Fixed Term Contract

Competitive salary and benefits

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

As a hard-working team, we are united and motivated by our shared purpose – to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. We come to work each day to make a difference – to patients, society, and our company.

Here you will experience a fast paced and agile environment as we continue to support the business on a journey of evolution and growth, driven by new, exciting technology and digital innovations. It’s challenging and sometimes demanding, and that’s why we love it.

Job description

The Postdoctoral Programme Partner provides project and event support to the Global Programme for Postdoctoral Researchers.  With 120 Postdoctoral scientists based across our main 4 R&D sites in the UK, Sweden and the USA, they are an integral part of our vibrant, scientific community, working on highly innovative, ground-breaking projects that originate from scientists and clinicians across all our research areas. Our postdoctoral scientists are encouraged to create collaborations internally and externally with institutions and academic universities. They are also encouraged to attend scientific conferences and seminars to present their work, which we expect to be published in leading journals from their subject area.

The Postdoctoral Programme Partner provides global support to the programme Lead and Chair to enable the success of the programme and to build AstraZeneca’s external reputation.  This individual organises events -  workshops/poster sessions for postdocs and webinars to promote the postdoc programme. They also provide administative support to ensure that all postdoc progress reviews are completed, with confidential information filed and maintain the postdoc sharepoint sites.  The programme partner works closely with the postdoc committee, that provides scientific oversight for the programme and is comprised of senior scientists from across R&D.  They also collaborates with the wider Early Careers team to provide support for initiatives that benefit all early career programmes at AZ.

The position (which is based in Cambridge) reports to the Associate Director, Global Programme for Postdoctoral Researchers and sits within the wider Early Careers team in BioPharma R&D

Typical Accountabilities

  • Leads the organization of events (organizing workshops/poster sessions for postdocs making the best use of both face-to-face and virtual technology).

  • Manages the budget for events.

  • Promotes the Postdoc Programme by organizing external webinars inviting universities to attend, arranging  speakers for university-organized events and attending careers fairs organized by universities.

  • Maintains the SharePoint sites dedicated to the postdocs and the Postdoc Committee.

  • Provides administrative support ensuring that all individual postdoc progress reviews (at 1M, 6M, 18M and 24M) are completed and documents filed accordingly.

  • Secures and trains mentors and buddies for the programme and acts as a point of contact for supervisors, mentors, buddies and the early talent community.

  • Creates and manages all programme distribution lists.

  • Provides meeting minutes for committee meetings.

  • Assists with the process to choose new postdoc projects.

  • Provides direct support to the Associate Director of the Programme, Chair of the Committee, 19 Committee members and 10 postdoc representatives across main R&D sites.

  • Manages workload autonomously to ensure that agreed targets are met.

  • Liaises with colleagues from other teams with the purpose of discussing programme improvements, sharing experiences and reporting progress.

  • Develops own level of competency by attending workshops, e-learning, conferences and internal/external networking events.

  • 5% travel required to Sweden offices to conduct F2F meetings with postdocs, supervisors and committee members.


  • Experience in organizing events

  • A proactive, ‘can-do’ person, with a flexible attitude, and a passion for working with, and developing, people.

  • Experience in a highly collaborative environment, with a focus towards delivering positive business results.

  • Excellent organisational and communication skills

  • Experience in engaging with, and handling, multiple partners at all levels.

  • Ability to lead multiple projects/tasks/assignments simultaneously and optimally.

  • An excellent communicator (both written and verbal skills) with the ability to represent the business area and early career community both Internally and externally.

  • Comfortable with a variety of tools and platforms e.g Teams, Zoom, Workplace, Degreed, SharePoint.

  • Confident with data and supporting the development and reporting of metrics.

  • Ability to identify and drive improvements using innovative thinking.

  • Ability to work independently.


  • Experience of operating across business functions and geographies in large, sophisticated and sometimes uncertain environments.

  • Experience working in a global business area

  • Knowledge of or prior experience working in the Early Talent environment

  • Experience working within a Research and Development/Science environment.

  • Project or programme management qualification.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and spark your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours

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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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