- Course: Chemical Engineering (Industrial) MEng
- Nationality: British
- Job title: Formulation scientist
- Company: Indivior
Why did you undertake a year in industry?
I chose to undertake a placement year to further my experience and understanding for an area of engineering for which I am passionate in. I wanted to improve my post-graduate employability and learn skills that will be invaluable to my career. I also aimed to better my understanding for the industry with a hope to make a fully informed post-graduate decision regarding whether to go immediately into a graduate job or pursue further education in the form of a PhD.
What company are you working for?
The company I am working for is called Indivior. It specialises in the treatment of opioid dependency, with many other exciting addiction treatments in the pipeline.
What was your role within the company?
I work as a formulation scientist as part of a small team in the research and development department. As the only formulation team globally, our role is to collectively drive forward innovations in numerous projects, ensuring they come to fruition within a designated time schedule.
Can you please give me an insight into a typical day?
My mornings begin with the maintenance of the purified water system for which I am responsible, this involves daily checks and sampling. However, when issues with the system arise, this responsibility extends to troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance works. The rest of the day is focused on the drive of the main company projects, which involves contacting various suppliers, paperwork and tablet manufacture.
Are you involved in any interesting projects?
I am involved in several interesting projects, and have been afforded the opportunity to lead my own project. As a result, I work closely with approximately four main projects that involves working across a variety of areas in pharmaceutical development and innovation. So far, I have enjoyed the opportunity to get involved with a diverse range of projects across the company pipeline.
Do you have any tips and advice to current students thinking of undertaking a year in industry?
I would strongly suggest applying early! Filling applications and preparing/attending interviews is extremely time consuming, which quickly becomes stressful when it is combined with university exams, revision and deadlines. It's best to get the placement secured early to avoid this stress around exam period.