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MedImmune Apprentice Programme - Cambridge, UK

Our apprenticeship programmes have various start dates throughout the year, so be sure to check back on this pages for further opportunities 

Applications for these positions can be made via the National Apprenticeship Service (links below - when available) and our Apprenticeship Training Agency - Cogent Skills

Find out more about the programme

MedImmune employees represent a rich variety of skills, experiences, talents, ethnicities and points of view. Our working environment is characterised by respect, integrity and growth opportunities, which encourage both individual contribution and collaborative entrepreneurial thinking. Approximately 50% of our team work in research, 20% in biopharmaceutical development and 10% in clinical biologics and regulatory. Our remaining team members cover a wide range of vital support functions. We encourage our employees to feel a sense of ownership about their future and to make the most of the opportunities that arise when working within integrated project teams with both MedImmune and AstraZeneca colleagues around the world.

Our focus on therapeutic proteins, monoclonal antibodies and other next-generation molecules to attack a range of diseases puts us at the forefront of biologics research and development. We follow the science and push its boundaries to bring life-changing medicines to patients.

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This role offers an opportunity to learn side-by-side with a diverse team of cancer and immunology experts at the cutting-edge of research. You will learn how scientific research is executed in an industry setting to deliver meaningful data to help guide early stage drug discovery and later stage development of new medicines. With extensive training and support, you will design and execute experiments to build our understanding of the biology of our drug candidates. This will include preparing protocols, executing experiments, analysing data, interpreting results, and reporting the findings with minimal supervision.

Respiratory, Inflammation & Autoimmune Biology

This role in our Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity (RIA) Biology team at MedImmune involves researching respiratory diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma, to try and gain a deeper knowledge on what drives these diseases and to generate drugs that will help patients lead long and healthy lives.  You will perform experiments to understand the function of immune and epithelial cells that are involved with these diseases which will help support the development of new medicines.

Bioassay Development

This is a great opportunity to join our Bioassay Development Group and support critical activities on current MedImmune projects. Part of these activities are the manufacturing development process, formulation development, stability assessment and clinical supply. In this role, you will be initially supported by the whole team in order to learn about tissue culture and assay automation as well as how to develop and run methods for assessing the potency of drug candidates during development and clinical trial release. This opportunity comes with an exponential learning experience, team work, challenges and goals that you will be able to achieve.

Analytical Sciences

This role in our Analytical Sciences team includes contributing to early drug development programmes by supporting the analytical characterisation of novel proteins (from peptides to antibodies).  You will receive extensive training in all aspects of analytical biochemistry; supporting product characterisation, lot release and stability programmes, method development and fit-for-purpose assessment. 

Logistics & Supply Chain

This role focuses on the manufacture, labelling and delivery of our investigational new medicines to patients in clinical trials worldwide.  You will be responsible for various operational activities including temperature excursion management, inventory management and documentation management.  In addition, you will learn how the use of medicines within clinical trials are regulated, how IT is used to manage the medicines within clinical trials and how the delivery of clinical trial medicines fits into the big picture of setting up and running a clinical trial.  

Purification Process Sciences

This role involves overseeing the purification processes for our products from early stage research through to commercialisation.  You will work on process design, understand the complexity of a product, monitor the quality attributes and material demands.   In addition, you will undertake a wide range of laboratory based housekeeping activities, design and execute experiments, and analyse and interpret results.

Cell Culture Fermentation Sciences

This role works across several interdisciplinary teams within the group working together on a range of activities associated with the drug development process.  You will help create and characterise cell lines and processes required for the production of clinical grade products.  As part of this you will gain experience in transient expression systems, stable cell line development, cell culture and bioreactor process design and an understanding of the analytical methods used to support the development process.

Candidate criteria

We have one of the most exciting pipelines in the industry, with a close-knit team of the brightest minds in the world – it’s an exciting time with huge potential to grow and expand your knowledge and skills. Find out what qualifications we require and what we're looking for.

What skills and qualifications are we looking for in applicants for our technician scientist apprentices?

  • a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-C including English language (not literature), Science and Maths
  • must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top three A-Levels (or equivalent)
  • you must have an A Level (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Biology depending on which apprenticeship you hope to study.

What skills and qualifications are we looking for in applicants for our non-laboratory-based opportunities?

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and Maths

What type of candidate are we looking for?

  • bright, motivated individuals with an enthusiasm for learning and an eye for detail
  • individuals with the ability to work with others as part of a collaborative team, and with the flexibility to undertake a variety of tasks

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