Technician Scientist Level 5 Apprenticeship - ADPE at AstraZeneca

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Technician Scientist Level 5 Apprenticeship - ADPE

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!

AstraZeneca’s apprenticeship scheme offers you an outstanding opportunity to learn within a multi-national company gaining useable skills whilst working closely alongside industry experts and professionals. The workplace experience acquired during your apprenticeship will ensure you develop the skills to provide good prospects for full term positions within AstraZeneca and in roles within other science based companies.

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.

We are offering two Technician Scientist Apprenticeships within the Antibody Discovery and Protein Engineering (ADPE) Department.

ADPE is responsible for the discovery and optimisation of biological candidate drugs across all the therapy area drug discovery pipelines, as well as developing cutting edge biologics discovery platforms and novel drug modalities to support future drug discovery efforts.

We have two exciting opportunities;

The Phenotypic Screening and High Content Imaging team gives you the chance to learn cell culture techniques, many aspects of assay development (e.g. experimental design, data analysis, and use of laboratory automation), as well as cutting edge techniques in high content imaging, including confocal microscopy, image analysis and the use of Artificial Intelligence to handle and mine large data sets.

The Peptide Chemistry team, is where you'll work with our bench scientists to learn about rational peptide drug design, peptide synthesis, as well as their characterisation and biological evaluation.

You’ll be initially working towards a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Technician Scientist with Kent University as well as the potential to extend for a further two years and gain an honour’s degree

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.

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 judgements 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

Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades 9–4 including Maths, English and Science
  • To have achieved or predicted to achieve 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above (1 of which needs to be Chemistry).

This is a 3 year Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at the Granta Park site in Cambridge offering £15,000 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

About AstraZeneca

We are a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Our purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. The best way we can help patients is to be science-led and share this passion with the scientific, healthcare and business communities of the UK.

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