AstraZeneca: Jade Heaton

AstraZeneca: Jade Heaton

 Jade Heaton, 20, is using her laboratory science degree apprenticeship at AstraZeneca to characterise crystalline material, run crystallisation processes and interpret data


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

I joined in 2019 and characterise crystalline material using a variety of techniques to assess solubility measurements and particle size/shape analysis. I’m also building my experience in the laboratory by running crystallisation processes and interpreting data.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca?

I didn’t feel that university was right for me and I was eager to get working as soon as I could. I liked the idea of gaining valuable industry experience and a new type of workplace independence, so a degree apprenticeship was a great option at AstraZeneca.

How would you describe the culture at work?

I feel appreciated and respected by my colleagues and our culture has increased my confidence as everyone is welcomed and valued. I’m in the departmental culture team where we get together to organise social events such as raffles, competitions and recognition of 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. This is the first time I independently identified an unusual result and started to understand how and why anomalies occur. I later went on to gain more detailed theoretical explanations, which has greatly expanded my understanding.


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