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Oncology Scientific Apprenticeship

Location Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-069902 Date posted 01/03/2020

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve. We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Our scientific research and development is afforded the utmost respect, so we give our people the same. We do everything we can to make sure each AstraZeneca person has everything they need to stretch themselves and see what they can achieve.

Where you start your journey 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 don't limit their capabilities by what's possible from them now but by what's possible from them in the future.

Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career. Many people at AstraZeneca develop beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their scientific expertise and the contributions that they have made within the organisation. Our scientific apprenticeship programme provides a unique opportunity for our apprentices to learn and develop allowing them to fulfil their potential within a structured educational and work-based training environment.

AstraZeneca’s apprenticeship scheme offers you the prospect to learn within a multi-national company gaining technical and research skills whilst working closely alongside industry experts and professionals. In addition to gaining valuable work experience you will have the opportunity to study towards a Biological or Chemical Sciences degree at Kent University whilst earning a competitive salary.

The combination of workplace training and educational study will ensure that you develop the skills and qualifications to provide excellent career prospects for your future scientific career.

Our Scientific Apprenticeship Program commences annually in September at our Cambridge research site. We are offering apprenticeships within several of our oncology research teams. Each of these positions provides the opportunity to gain a unique insight into AstraZeneca’s world-leading scientific research, enabling the discovery of a new generation of cancer treatments.

Training and Development

Our apprentices receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training they will need. It will include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure that each apprentice is fully competent by the end of their program. Each apprentice will gain transferable core skills and knowledge. In addition, they will gain specific skills tailored to the individual requirements of their roles.

Our apprentices initially work towards a Level 5 qualification with one day per week set aside for study.  Typically, this will be a Foundation Degree in Applied Bioscience Technology or Applied Chemical Technology.  https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/technician-scientist/

There is also a future option to extend your apprenticeship within AstraZeneca to study for a further 2 years and gain a Level 6 BSc (honours) degree qualification. Additionally, the apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Scientist (RSci) level.

Essential skills/capabilities required:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good team working skills
  • High organisation skills and confidence to work independently
  • Logical thinking to be able to apply processes
  • The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgments based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to learn
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative

  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades or 9-4 including Maths, English and Science.
  • 2 A Levels (or equivalent) including grade B or above in Biology or grade B or above Chemistry (96 UCAS points on the 2019 tariff) depending on the role

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

To apply for this position, please click the apply link below.

Opening date of advert:  3rd January 2020

Closing date of advert:   19th March 2020

Successful candidates, will be asked to attend an Assessment day during Week Commencing 30th March 2020.

This position is a 39-month fixed term contract opportunity based in Cambridge.

Each candidate will be enrolled to study a foundation degree by distance learning at Kent University which should be completed during this contract.

There is also an option to extend this initial contract for a further 24 months providing the opportunity to complete an honours degree in Biological Science.

AstraZeneca offer a highly competitive salary.

These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above in a Science discipline – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details https://careers.astrazeneca.com/students

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 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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