I mainly helped with pulling together a database for the new GVLMS system, which meant I was using excel to filter through a sheet of SAP entities. If there wasn't something for me to do on this project then I was helping with archiving and organisation of the surrounding office.
- Take full responsibility over individual project - Attend meetings relevant to project - Work in laboratory unsupervised, conduct experiments and record findings appropriately - Complete any modelling work relevant to project - Integrate with other teams within company
Scoping of commercially available life cycle assessment software. Learning how to use the software and creating template models for use by other engineers and scientists within the department. Documenting and reporting back progress to the wider team including providing training on SimaPro at the end of my placement.
I was in the lab learning new techniques most days. I regularly did cell culture, which takes up a lot of time, and then moved on to preparing and running qPCR. Due to the pandemic, I worked from home if I didn't need to be in the lab and could focus on writing up experiments and researching what I had been practicing.
I work in the laboratory most days conducting experiments. I often collaborate with other scientists in the lab i.e. my team or other disciplines such as crystallisation or analytical. My team responsible for the design and optimisation of the route towards a medicine and I am involved with all aspects of this- in particular I am in charge of one stage.
I was working remotely for my placement year due to COVID-19. This meant my daily interactions depended heavily on the meetings scheduled for that day, which took place on Microsoft Teams. I was able to plan my work around these meetings and other university commitments. My work involved an independent project and work for current drug discovery projects.
To develop chemical processes by trialling new routes of manufacture using flow chemistry. The role is lab based with some admin work when recording experiments. I was mostly assigned individual tasks with some support from my supervisor. I was able to participate in personal development activities such as seminars and lectures also.
Planning and executing experiments, data analysis, assay development, mass spectrometry. Some Python coding. Electronic lab notebook management. Literature review and writing for scientific publication. Team meetings. Also working within AZinspire as secretary - organising events and circulating invites, scheduling meetings and taking minutes, managing distribtion lists. Assisted in TH!NK Neurodiversity ERG in designing training resources and consulting on content.
I enjoyed it on the whole. I think that the AZ approach to coronavirus was not very well formulated however and this impacted on the placement. For example, they should have bought in reusable masks or even visors for the labs as we could often not see well due to fogging up of our goggles. This could have been a danger when working with high-risk chemicals. The placement itself was good in that it provided support by our peers, yet the balance between work and uni work was really tricky to manage throughout, however this reflects more on the workload set by my university rather than the company.