AstraZeneca: Jade Heaton

22-year-old Jade Heaton is working in the science lab at AstraZeneca


How long have you worked for AstraZeneca and what do you enjoy about your role?

I joined AstraZeneca (AZ) in 2019. I carry out re-crystallisations to look for more effective processes and characterise the crystalline material to interpret the data and present my work. I analyse the solubility and morphology of particles using a variety of techniques.


Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca?

I didn’t feel that the standard university route was right for me, as I was eager to get working as soon as I could. I liked the idea of gaining valuable industry experience in a new type of workplace to improve my independence. A degree apprenticeship was a great option at AZ as I was able to do this while still furthering my education.


How would you describe the culture at work?

I always feel valued and respected by my colleagues and the workplace culture is very welcoming. I am in the departmental ‘culture team’ where we get together to organise social activities such as charity events, raffles, competitions and present awards. I’m also lucky enough to have a close-knit student network where older apprentices can advise and tutor.


What has been the most rewarding/interesting project you have been involved in and why?

I’m currently supporting a project with challenging solid-state and particle properties. It has allowed me to independently identify unusual results and I have started to be able to explain myself how and why anomalies occur. It has been really rewarding to be able to present my own findings and research, for it then to become a crucial contribution to the whole drug project.


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