FAST Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Placement

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  • Career Level Executive
  • Experience 2 Years
  • Gender Any
  • Industry Engineering
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Job Description

Worldwide Research & Development / Pharmaceutical Science Small Molecules

Chemical Research & Development

Department Overview

Pharmaceutical Sciences carries out the development of novel pharmaceuticals from potential drug targets. Once a drug candidate has been selected it is passed to Chemical Research and Development (CRD). The selected route is then developed and modified into a safe, environmentally friendly, cost effective, reproducible manufacturing process within the Process Development Facility. The Flexible API Supply Technologies (FAST) Team provides advanced manufacturing insight into the evolution of new continuous API manufacturing platform technologies.

The Process Development Facility at Sandwich is a small scale flexible manufacturing facility. This ‘state-of-the-art’ £60 million pilot plant facility consists of 22 batch reactors, of 250 to 2500 litre capacity, with all ancillary equipment including centrifuge, drying equipment and new technologies.

What can I achieve and what will I be responsible for whilst completing a placement at Pfizer?

The successful candidate will assist the FAST Team in a range of engineering activities around FAST operations within the Process Development Facility and CRD Laboratories.

During your year with us in the


you will be involved in a variety of tasks which may include:
Design of plant or process improvements and enhancements

Development and trials of new continuous technologies in both a laboratory and manufacturing setting including Plug Flow Reactors, Gas/Liquid Flow Systems, Liquid/Liquid Extraction Systems

Process scale-up from laboratory to Pilot Plant and to manufacturing scale plant

Equipment commissioning and validation in a pharmaceutical plant environment

Process and equipment problem solving and troubleshooting

Utilising and applying advanced engineering software such as Aspen, Dynochem or Visimix

Gaining process understanding through use of process analytical technologies

Throughout this placement you will increase your knowledge in aspects of both practical and theoretical chemical engineering whilst developing your interpersonal, team and communication skills. You will gain the skills of how to deliver tasks in a team environment by leveraging partnerships with key stakeholders.

What other opportunities and benefits do Pfizer offer?

You will have the opportunity to network with a wide range of other scientific and engineering disciplines across the globe including Manufacturing Engineers; US based Chemical Engineers; other specialists in Organic Chemistry, Kinetics, Crystallisation, Hydrogenation and Process Safety as part of our global Chemical Research and Development department. It is a fantastic way to obtain a better appreciation of the Pharma industry and the types of roles it has to offer.

You will have the opportunity to participate in and organise volunteering activities with 5 days paid volunteering leave, including STEM activities and careers fairs to inspire potential engineers and scientists of the future.

You will receive a competitive salary along with benefits including 25.5 days annual leave.

When can I start?

Placements will start on 1st September 2021 and will run for 12 months.


Type of person we are looking for, in relation to ‘


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Completing placement as part of University Degree either through Year In Industry/Industrial Placement or Gap Year

Studying for a

Chemical Engineering

degree or similar.

Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

Enthusiasm and pro-active approach to tasks

Interest in Chemical Engineering in a manufacturing and laboratory environment.

Please note that we only accept application forms. Please do not send over your CV or cover letter as they will not be considered.

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

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