• Full Time
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Job Specification

We offer:

  • Vibrant and dynamic employment – we are a highly specialised, growth company operating in a critical sector of the economy – our future is strong and exciting
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and yourself – our rapid growth brings greater opportunities for you to learn and grow faster!
  • A great team where we all support each other – enjoy your work – after all you spend about a third of your time here!
  • Our Company: “We are a dynamic, fast-growing company, with an enviable reputation for leading edge science, offering contract research services to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, solving what were believed to be unsolvable scientific challenges”.

    We believe in our ability to relentlessly push forward the boundaries of scientific excellence, delivering solutions for our clients, always operating ethically and with integrity. We take pride in our professionalism and commitment to always deliver our very best work.

    We are based in Hertfordshire, in the town of Hoddesdon. The Hoddesdon campus, consisting of several purpose built scientific and administrative buildings together with a purpose built conference area has more than 5,000m2 of premier R&D space and houses an established Process Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Drug Discovery team, and a newly formed Formulation Development department. The Hoddesdon site has state-of-the-art Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard facilities for the development of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), formulation development and process chemistry. We offer our employees a highly supportive team-work environment, enabling them to develop and liberate their true potential.

    The Pharmaron Industrial Placement programme offers UK undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the fast-paced world of a leading pharmaceutical R&D facility. We are recruiting for a number of exciting 12-month placements in the following areas for a summer 2022 start:

    Analytical Chemistry Industrial Placement

    The Analytical Chemistry (AC) team at the Hoddesdon site supports the other chemistry functions and our science partners with advanced analytical solutions that help deliver our clients’ programmes and ultimately progress medicines to the market. We are looking for undergraduate chemistry students to join our team as part of a 12-month Analytical Chemistry Industrial Placement. These placements will give you the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of modern analytical techniques (including UHPLC, NMR and GC-MS) whilst learning about early- and late-phase pharmaceutical development. You will be able to apply your knowledge and problem-solving skills to a wide variety of R&D projects and to facilitate the development and validation of modern analytical methods for the testing of raw materials, intermediates and APIs and material characterisation including polymorph screening, crystallisation optimisation and pre-formulation development.

    Formulation Development Industrial Placement

    An Industrial Placement in the Formulation Development group at Hoddesdon will enable you to embed the scientific knowledge you have acquired in your degree to date in an industrial setting and to build your practical and technical skills in drug product development. The Formulation Development team at Hoddesdon is responsible for defining the formulation and manufacturing process of investigational medicinal products and for carrying out their GMP manufacture for use in clinical trials. We support a diverse range of dosage forms e.g. tablets, capsules and solutions, using innovative technologies and a variety of processing techniques. If you are a Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Science/Engineering undergraduate interested in a career in drug product formulation or process development, this placement will give you an opportunity to join a dynamic and exciting new team and gain industrial work experience in this area.

    Synthetic Chemistry Industrial Placement

    Synthetic chemists at our site in Hoddesdon investigate efficient ways to synthesise novel compounds that could become future medicines. This task includes the design, route development and ultimately large scale synthesis (multi-kilogram) of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). We are looking for undergraduate chemistry students to join our team as part of a 12-month Synthetic Chemistry Industrial Placement, based in either our Process Chemistry or Drug Discovery departments. These placements will give you the opportunity to gain experience in modern synthetic chemistry labs using state-of-the-art equipment and develop your practical skills, whilst gaining exposure to process or medicinal chemistry principles and techniques. You will use your knowledge and problem-solving skills to contribute to R&D projects, for example in route design, method development or bulk synthesis of intermediates and APIs.


  • Studying towards an undergraduate degree with a significant Chemistry component (for Analytical Chemistry and Synthetic Chemistry) or Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Science/Engineering (for Formulation Development)
  • Requirements:

  • Predicted 1st or 2:1 degree classification (or equivalent)
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Conscientious
  • Well-organised and confident to work independently
  • Application

    The Company offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package.

    To apply, please email a CV (containing a list of courses/grades) and a covering letter (both in PDF format) to [email protected] In the covering letter, please indicate:

  • Which placement(s) you wish to apply to (maximum 2). The 2022 placement opportunities available are: Analytical Chemistry, Formulation Development and Synthetic Chemistry.
  • For each placement you wish to apply to, a short description of your motivations for pursuing this opportunity and any direct/indirect experience relevant to the role.
  • Closing date for applications: 17th October 2021.

    Founded in 2004, Pharmaron is a cutting-edge, fully integrated pharmaceutical R&D service platform supporting the life science industry. The company has invested in its people and facilities and established its comprehensive service offerings throughout the pharmaceutical R&D lifecycle. With operations in China, the US and the UK staffed by more than 12,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in delivering end-to-end R&D solutions to its partners globally and enabling them to accelerate their novel drug discovery and development process. 

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