Thesis work: 30 credits, AstraZeneca Gothenburg.

Reference no:


Veronika Knudsen,
Application deadline:
Job type:
full time
Type of employment:
Västra Götalands län, 
Mölndal kommun
Life Science
Läkemedel, bioteknik & medicinteknik

job description.

Developing a method for characterizing and improving  stem cell differentiation

Are you a master student with a hunger for science and eager to learn more about stem cell differentiation and the next generation therapeutics? Do you like molecular and cellular biology techniques and are looking for an inspiring master thesis project starting in the spring 2022? Then this project at the new Cell Therapy Department at AstraZeneca could be interesting to You!

Thesis project: 30 credits
Student location: AstraZeneca, Gothenburg, Sweden
Start: January 2022

Biopharmaceuticals R&D is now building a new cell therapy department with the goal to establish AstraZeneca as a world-leader in the stem cell field and to build a competitive pipeline within cell therapy across disease areas within Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) and Respiratory and Inflammation (R&I). By directing differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into precursor cells or to mature cell types, novel therapies can be developed targeting a wide range of diseases such as heart failure, kidney and liver diseases.

The project aims to develop a novel analytical method that will be used for optimizing differentiation protocols.


The primary focus of the project will be to culture pluripotent stem cells and differentiate them towards cardiac cells. Samples from the differentiation process will be collected and analyzed, e.g. using ELISA and flow cytometry. 


  • A strong interest in stem cell science.
  • Highly motivated, having a scientific mindset and can easily comprehend and apply ideas from the literature. 
  • Ability to watch & learn, and then perform experiments on your own, with some guidance.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Cell culture experience. 


Randstad Life Sciences is cooperating with AstraZeneca in this recruitment process. We only handle applications sent through Randstad’s website.

All chosen candidates need to pass a background check and an alcohol and drug test before starting the project.

Deadline for application: 2021-10-20

For more information: Veronika Knudsen or Kerstin Karlsson

about AstraZeneca.

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines and strive to continuously meet the unmet needs of patients worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Our Gothenburg site is one of AstraZeneca's three strategic science centers. We thrive in a multinational environment working cross-functionally across the globe with AstraZeneca colleagues as well as academic and industry partners. Our way of life is to foster a working environment that nurtures collaboration, openness and innovation. Therefore, we have created space for meetings, socializing and relaxation, where spontaneous meetings can give birth to new innovations. The unexpected ideas or thoughts that can come from a chat over something as simple as a cup of  coffee or a stroll on our “walk and talk” meeting trail. AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.