00:16 My particular branch is pharmaceuticals, we look at the drug substance.
00:21 So we look to make the drug from basic building blocks,
00:24 and ensure the quality of this drug substance is suitable for use in clinical trials.
00:32 So we get the drug and we have to look for possible impurities in there,
00:36 so we have a wide variety of analytical techniques that we use,
00:40 separation science, we look at spectroscopy to see the low levels of impurities possible,
00:45 possibly things which could cause harm if they went into patients.
00:48 We can analyse these down to really low levels,
00:50 parts per billion in some cases.
00:56 We’re not doing the same analysis over and over again.
01:00 One day I might be releasing a drug from a pilot plant
01:06 and they might make like 200 kilos of drug,
01:08 and the next day I might be helping a student project out.
01:10 So days are quite different.
01:15 The way I got into analytical chemistry, or chemistry as a whole
01:18 was I did chemistry, maths and physics at A level
01:23 I did chemistry at York,
01:26 with a year in industry I came here
01:28 and really enjoyed the job,
01:30 it really seemed to fit in to the sort of thing I wanted to do.
01:33 I enjoyed the challenges, I enjoyed the problem solving
01:35 and it just stayed from there,
01:37 and I’ve been here about ten years now.
01:42 Skills we think you’ll need for this job,
01:44 I think you need to be pragmatic.
01:46 a lot of the things we do,
01:48 if we’re looking to make fast analysis,
01:50 so if we’re say for example in the plant,
01:52 and they want to know as quick as possible their reaction’s completed,
01:54 you want a method which is quick,
01:56 so you need to really be able to pick ‘what do I actually need to do here?’
02:00 If you can do that, you’ve won half the battle.
02:03 Logical thought helps, making sure you make the right decisions.
02:08 If you can do those two things,
02:10 you wouldn’t do a bad job at it.
02:15 If you want to get into this job
02:17 or I think most jobs in the chemistry sector,
02:20 the year in industry I think can be one of the better ways to do it.
02:24 It can be like a year-long interview.
02:26 If you enjoy the company you work for,
02:28 these guys see for a year, see what you’re doing,
02:30 and it’s best to make the most of it.
02:32 Working as an analyst there’s many different things you can do,
02:36 so like at AstraZeneca you can go down management path or the scientific ladder.
02:40 So what this means is that hopefully,
02:43 your strength will be utilised, whatever that is.
02:46 So if you’re great working in project teams you can go to project management.
02:49 If you prefer to be on your own
02:51 and prefer to just get stuck into your sciences,
02:54 there’s the scientific route which you can take.
02:59 The thing I like about the job,
03:01 I think it feels like there are constant challenges.
03:07 It’s sort of like puzzle solving.
03:09 If you’ve got to look for,
03:11 you might have an impurity we’re worried might be toxic or cause harm,
03:14 we might have to look for this in a drug down to, sometimes, parts in a billion,
03:18 and that’s a real challenge.
03:21 So it’s knowing and having the skill to find what that challenge is
03:24 and to actually use the right instrumentation
03:26 to try and find the right answer.
03:29 Now at the end of it when you can actually do this,
03:32 you can get the answers you need, what helps projects move forward,
03:35 that’s a big thing.
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