Oncology Scientific Apprentice at AstraZeneca

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Oncology Scientific Apprentice

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means you’ll learn and earn in a supportive team. Guided by expert managers, mentors and buddies who will help you develop the skills you seek and push and encourage you to get the most out of your time at AstraZeneca.

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. So, whether you’re looking to pursue your passion or are still figuring it out, you’ll find endless opportunities to learn, grow and discover what truly sparks your curiosity and inspires your next step.

The scientific apprenticeship programme allows apprentices to learn and develop in a team with a renewed focus on building the AstraZeneca medicines pipeline, with 7 new oncology medicines being added to our pipeline. Our Oncology team is driven by speed, you will be backed by leadership and empowered at every level to prioritise and make bold moves. Allowing you to make the best of our structured education and work-based environment while you study towards a degree via distance learning with the University of Kent.

What the role involves

We are offering an apprenticeship within our Oncology Translational Medicine (Genomics and Pathology) research teams. This position will give a rounded set of skills and experiences in the selected research areas. They will also provide the opportunity to gain a unique insight into AstraZeneca’s world-leading scientific research, enabling the development of a new generation of cancer treatments.

Training and development

Our apprentices receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training needed. It will include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure each apprentice is fully competent by the end of the programme. Each apprentice will gain transferable core skills and knowledge.

In addition, they will gain specific skills tailored to the individual requirements of their roles. The combination of workplace training and educational study will ensure that you develop the skills and qualifications to provide excellent prospects for your future scientific career.

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. 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 judgements based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative
  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades or 9-4 including Maths, English, and Science.
  • To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) including grade B or above in Biology (96 UCAS points)

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on Tuesday 28th September 2021

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

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.

We’re curious about science and the advancement of knowledge. We find creative ways to approach new challenges. We’re driven to make the right choices and be accountable for our actions.

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