I am working in the small molecule crystallography group of a large pharmaceutical company. My main responsibilities include:
It’s extremely variable. As well as checking emails/phone messages etc., I may receive and log in a sample, update our database, asses the sample for crystallinity using a polarised microscope, set up a crystallisations screen (slow evaporation, vapour diffusion and/or temperature cycling), check ongoing crystallisations for single crystals, review a report which has returned from our outsourcers, solve and refine a crystal structure, help with a data collection, and somewhere find time to have coffee and tea breaks and to have lunch!
I am eight and a half months into a 12 month placement.
To help me decide on my career path, to improve my CV and to make some money!
I feel like I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I am always treated as a colleague not a student. I have had a lot of opportunities both through what I do on a day to day basis, and through seeing what a wide variety of other people do from throughout the organisation.
I have completed two years of a chemistry degree at Cardiff University.
I think so, and I certainly hope so. I don’t expect it to make a huge difference, however I like to think it will tip the balance in my favour if I’m up against a similar applicant.
I’m still not entirely sure, however my year in industry has undoubtedly opened my eyes to things I may pursue, as well as things I will not! At the moment I am inclined towards the computational side of chemistry.
There are about 90 students here with a full leisure club, and clubs for just about every sport. In that respect it has a lot in common with university. I have a good friendly working relationship with all my colleagues, and couldn’t be happier in that respect.
The best element about my job is that I am genuinely doing a real, business critical job, with real responsibility and real challenges.
Every day you have the opportunity to apply your skills to chemical problems that directly contribute to the discovery of potential new drugs.