APIM Chemical Engineering Undergraduate

Pfizer Inc.

Sandwich, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7180260 (Ref:pf-4894094)

Posted: September 19, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Pfizer UK Undergraduate Programme 2024/2025

APIM Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Placement

Pharmaceutical Science Small Molecules

Chemical Research & Development


Department Overview

Pharmaceutical Sciences is responsible for 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), which includes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Manufacture (APIM), who will work to design and identify the most economically viable synthetic routes specific to the drug candidate. The selected route is then developed and modified into a safe, environmentally friendly, cost effective, reproducible manufacturing process within the Process Development Facility.

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 receivers, filters, centrifuge, and drying equipment. In addition, there are two high pressure hydrogenation units and new manufacturing technologies

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

The successful candidate will assist the Process Engineering Team in a range of engineering activities to support Process Development Facility operations.

During your year with us in API Manufacture you will be involved in a variety of tasks depending upon the placement, which may include:

  • Design of plant or process improvements and enhancements
  • Process scale-up from lab to Pilot Plant and to manufacturing scale plant
  • Manufacturing equipment commissioning and validation in a pharmaceutical plant environment
  • Process and equipment problem solving and troubleshooting
  • Development and trials of new manufacturing technologies
  • Supporting hazard studies and other risk assessments
  • Utilising and applying advanced engineering software such as Aspen, Dynochem or Visimix, to solve scale-up challenges
  • Gaining process comprehension 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 an understanding of how to deliver tasks in a team environment by working with the wide range of disciplines that make up the manufacturing team in the PDF.

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 comprehension of the Pharma industry and the types of roles it has to offer.

You will have the opportunity to support volunteering activities, including STEM activities 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 4th September 2024 and will run for 12 months.


Type of person we are looking for, in relation to ‘Skills’, ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Motivation’:

  • Studying for a Chemical Engineering degree or similar.
  • On target for a Degree Classification.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Passionate and pro-active approach to tasks

Who can apply?

Applicants must be completing placement as part of a degree course at a UK University, either through Year in Industry/Industrial Placement or Gap Year.

This position will close for applications on 1st October, 2023 .

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

Please access the Word version of the Application Form here: Undergraduate Vacancies | Pfizer UK and find instructions as to how to complete your application and more about eligibility criteria.


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Job posting number:#7180260 (Ref:pf-4894094)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Pfizer Inc.
New York,New York
United States
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