Quality Control Summer Internship.

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

What are we looking for?

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We’re deeply committed to our strategy of being a great place to work. For us, that includes fostering an environment where everyone can be among inclusive, supportive individuals with curious minds.

A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore.

Our purpose is bold and so is our approach. Becoming a more agile and innovative company means building a dynamic, inspiring culture where we celebrate entrepreneurial thinking and act with a sense of urgency. We are courageous, taking risks and learning from both success and failure. We are curious, creative, and open to new ideas and ways of working. Above all, we are passionate about science and driven to always put patients first. When you join us, you will be part of a great place to work; in an environment that energizes and empowers each of us to achieve our goal to develop and deliver medicines.

What can we offer you?

10- 12 week summer placement positions are available in the QC (Quality Control) or Pharmaceutical Development department at our Macclesfield site in Cheshire. There are a variety of areas offering placements:

Quality Assurance Support Officer – This role has a very practical emphasis on drug sampling, drug archiving and package components testing. The role will be based predominantly in our Site Archive and QA Sampling Facility and ensure the drugs manufactured at the site are safe for consumption and comply with industry standards.

Quality Control Technician- This role is lab based in either an analytical chemistry or microbiology QC lab. The quality control of our finished products is our top priority; our chemistry lab technicians perform a range of analytical chemistry tests (FTIR, HPLC analysis, Thin layer chromatography, Dissolution) on finished products to ensure they meet our exacting quality standards before allowing them to be released. Our Microbiology teams provide essential expertise to the pharmaceutical manufacturing areas on site.

The Process Assurance team assist with the collection and interpretation of environmental monitoring sample results, our Product Quality team perform a range of common microbiological tests on our raw materials, water and finished products (bioburden, endotoxin & sterility testing) and the Water, Support and ID team monitor the quality of water used on site to ensure they meet the quality requirements, perform microbial identification of isolates utilising a range of technologies and supply sterile equipment and media to support the environmental monitoring and product testing QC activities.

QMS Principal Support Officer- This role is office based & will involve providing support to the lively Quality Management Systems (QMS) team. This team is responsible for the oversight of the quality systems and business processes followed across Macclesfield site (deviations, complaints & product release).

You'll gain transferable core skills and knowledge, in addition to gaining skills specific to the working practices of the team.

Essential Candidate Requirements:

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good team working skills
  • High organisation skills and confidence to work independently
  • Logical thinking to be able to apply processes
  • Ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgements based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to learn
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative

How to apply:

Applications will be open until 19th February 2024 in the first instance. Interviews will be held in May. The placements will take place over 10-12 weeks, from June 2023. A salary will be paid.

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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