Technician Scientist Apprentice – Microbiology

Job Description

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.

AstraZeneca’s apprenticeship scheme offers you an opportunity to learn within a multi-national company gaining useable skills whilst collaborating alongside industry specialists and professionals.

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 Technician Scientist Apprenticeships within the QC Microbiology area. You’ll be working with scientists across 3 separate lab teams to undertake microbiological QC testing of raw materials, finished products & monitoring of our manufacturing environments to ensure patient safety and progress the timely release of our medicines globally.

You’ll receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training you need to meet the standard. It may include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure that you are fully proficient by the end of the programme.

You’ll gain transferable core skills and knowledge, in addition to gaining skills specific to the working practices of the team. The requirements of the Apprenticeship are designed to offer stretch and progression.

Further training as required will be confirmed at the start of the training plan. Training to be part of the contracted hours making up the working week.

You’ll be initially working towards a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Technician Scientist with Kent University https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/technician-scientist/ 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 Biology).

To apply for this position, please click the apply link

This is a 3 year Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at Macclesfield offering £15,000 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

Opening date of advert: 4th January 2021

Closing date of advert: 19th March 2021

Successful candidates will be notified after the closing date and will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on 26th April 2021.

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

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