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Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship – Early Stage Formulation Sciences

Location Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-096826 Date posted 13/01/2021

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs 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!

Where you start with us doesn't determine the course of your career. So many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their roles and the countries they've worked in.

We are offering a Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship in Early Stage Formulation Sciences, which is a unique opportunity to learn within a multi-national company gaining useable skills whilst working closely alongside industry specialists and professionals. The workplace experience acquired will ensure you develop the skills to provide good prospects for future scientific positions.

In addition to gaining valuable working experience you'll have the opportunity to study towards professional qualifications dependent on your chosen department whilst earning a competitive salary.

Responsibilities will include;

Work as part of a team to carry out analytical work in own subject area, in order to meet project targets in a timely fashion, assisting in conducting experimental work to characterise and understand the pharmaceutical properties (physicochemical and BioPharma) of drug substances and formulations. Assist in developing formulations and manufacturing batches for discovery, pre-clinical or clinical use as required, as well as helping to develop and validate appropriate test methodology and specifications for these. Accurately record all data generated in course of analyses with a high attention to detail, assesses findings within the immediate context of the work and delivers reports to the required standards, in a clear and concise manner. Assume responsibility for designated routine non-project tasks, as well as the resolution of routine problems. Communicate progress, as well as any issues encountered, to both the immediate peer group and supervisor. Ensure that work is performed in accordance with appropriate Safety, Health & Environment (SHE), quality and compliance standards, e.g. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

As part of the apprenticeship you will work to gain a Bachelors Honours Degree (BSc Hons).    The standard and further information of the apprenticeship standard can be found at; https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/laboratory-scientist-(degree)-v1-0

Additionally, you’ll be recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Scientist (RSci) level, for which there is a requirement that the scientist will participate in subsequent continuing professional development on completion of the apprenticeship.

The degree apprenticeship combines working, earning a full-time salary, with fully funded part-time university learning (equating to 20% off the job each week). This will give you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification, just as you would if you went to university full-time, with the advantage of gaining relevant work-life skills and the excitement of helping to develop new medicines whilst taking your first steps towards a rewarding career.

Essential skills/capabilities required:

We would be looking for the following attributes from our successful applicants:

  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who are keen to learn and with a genuine curiosity for the science involved in creating new medicines.
  • Able to act independently but also to work and contribute to the team
  • Good organisational skills with an excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks and understanding how to prioritise
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgements based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • High numeracy and literacy skills as well as computer literacy

Entry Requirements:

We are looking for candidates with;

  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades 9-4 including Maths, English and Science.
  • To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points on the 2018 tariff from your top 3 A levels (or equivalent).
  • To have achieved or predicted to achieve an A Level (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Biology at Grade B or above.

To apply for this position, please click the apply link

Opening date of advert: 6th January 2021

Closing date of advert: 19th March 2021

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on 6th May 2021

This is a 4-year fixed term contract opportunity based at Granta Park, Cambridge and offering £18,000 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments or accommodations, please let us know on your application.



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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