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Scientist Placement Student

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At Johnson Matthey we are inspired by our vision for a world that’s cleaner and healthier, today and for future generations. We’re passionate about harnessing our leading-edge science and technology to create solutions that make a real difference to the world around us; delivering value for our customers and breakthrough results that enhance lives.

Committed to tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges, we innovate to ultimately drive cleaner air, fight climate change, improve health, and find new ways to use our planet’s natural resources more efficiently.

We nurture an environment that brings out our best. Where empowerment and support go hand in hand with stretch and challenge. We’ll give you the freedom to bring your whole self to work - part of a team where difference matters and all voices are heard. It’s a team that genuinely cares for you, empowers you to deliver, learn and grow. A place where your contribution is appreciated.

In return we’re looking for people who want to make a difference, to courageously lead change. Those who take accountability and collaborate to create breakthrough solutions and value for our customers. United by our vision, we’re self-starters, sharing the same values and always committed to doing the right thing.

We’re excited about the future and proud of our past. Make a difference today to create a cleaner and healthier world, together.

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We are currently recruiting for Industrial Student Placements based in Cambridge in our Solid Form Group of the Health Division, Pharmorphix®. These 12-month placements, starting in July 2021, will be an exciting opportunity to gain valuable practical industrial skills within our group on subjects related to solid-form and physicochemical profiling, salt/polymorph, cocrystal screening and selection, chiral separation, scale-up and crystallisation development of forms.

Our laboratories are fully equipped with state of the art instrumentation, including; X-Ray Powder Diffraction (including variable temperature and humidity), Single Crystal Diffraction, Thermal analysis (DSC and TGA), GVS/ DVS, Sirius automated pKa/ logP, and solubility measurement platforms for physicochemical analysis along with multiple crystallisation development tools and PAT tools, including Optimax reactor and Mettler Toledo FBRM, PVM, Renishaw Raman Spectroscopy and a Malvern Mastersizer 3000.

Operating from our state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge, UK, we aim to change lives by enabling ground-breaking drugs to make it to market quickly and with enhanced efficacy. Almost 20% of small molecule drugs launched in the last 5 years have passed through our labs. This means patient outcomes are improved sooner and at a lower cost.

Key responsibilities:

  • Comply with SOP’s and show commitment to the JM Safety and Quality cultures.
  • Conduct laboratory experiments and participate in investigative R&D work in the laboratory.
  • Provide technical and analytical support by performing analyses on API molecules.
  • Achieve an understanding of projects being worked on, so as to contribute to project planning and the design of experiments.
  • Potentially contribute to writing a scientific article or a patent.
  • Maintain a detailed record of work done. Prepare reports on specific items of work where appropriate.
  • Work in a safe manner and maintain working areas in a safe and tidy condition.
  • Liaise with other departments within the group, particularly with analytical.

Are you the ideal candidate?  

You will have:

  • Currently, a 3rd-year student studying Chemistry or Pharmaceutical sciences based Undergraduate Degree or relevant Scientific degree covering (solid-state chemistry, crystallisation, organic, material chemistry).
  • Have practical laboratory experience.
  • Be flexible to adapt to changing priorities and have a willingness to learn.
  • Have high attention-to-detail and able to maintain accuracy.
  • Have strong communication skills with the ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of audiences.
  • Have a problem-solving mindset with the ability to work independently.

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Opportunity Overview

  • March 9th, 2021
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Cambridge
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemistry
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Pharmacology

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