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Technician Scientist Apprenticeship, Cell and Gene Therapy – Multiple Departments Oxford Biomedica (Uk) Limited

The Technician Scientist apprenticeship will train individuals as an Analytical Scientist, Process Research Scientist or Biotechnologist.

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Closing date: 30 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £16,000.00

  • Working week

    Monday – Friday, 35 hours working week. 28 days per year, excluding Bank Holidays

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    31 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Higher
    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number

    VAC001840744

  • Positions

    4 available

A Technician Scientist in Cell & Gene Therapy will perform a variety of scientific experimentation, analytical testing, and laboratory investigations across the Research, Development and Manufacture of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs). They will use specialised technical skills and advanced scientific techniques following procedures associated with their organisations operational plans to deliver as part of a wider professional team. They operate within a highly regulated environment because of the need to control quality and safety of Advanced Therapies and use their awareness of the research context to contribute to the proposal of new scientific ideas. 

The Technician Scientist apprenticeship will train individuals as Scientists or Biotechnologists in the following functions

· Manufacturing

· Platform Research

· Process Research & Development.

The Technician Scientist in Cell & Gene Therapy will be performing scientific experimentation, and laboratory investigations across the Research & Development of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs). They will use specialised technical skills and advanced scientific techniques following procedures associated with their organisations operational plans to deliver as part of a wider professional team. They operate within a highly regulated environment because of the need to control quality and safety of Advanced Therapies and use their awareness of the research context to contribute to the proposal of new scientific ideas.

Responsibilities may include:

· Reporting results and the accurate recording of technical data in accordance with good practice and approved Standard Operating Procedures.

· Operating highly technical equipment, including but not limited to analytical instruments, automation, bioreactors, biological incubators, laminar air flow cabinets, centrifuges and cryogenic storage vessels.

· Communicating with a wide range of scientific and non-scientific colleagues within the organisation such as Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Analytical Services, Manufacturing, MSAT, Process Research & Development and laboratory teams as required.

· An Apprentice within OXB will be trained to perform a range of procedures to support the development, manufacturing or testing of the products produced by OXB. The Apprentice will also engage in the day-to-day running of the laboratories or manufacturing suites including controlled temperature monitoring, instrument calibration, control verification, scheduled cleaning and participate in continuous improvement activities, enabling OXB to improve its systems and procedures


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

· Reliability, integrity and respect of confidentiality on work related and personal matters

 · Responsibility for your work and accountability for the impact of your work on others

 · Positive attitude, growth mind-set and a commitment to develop within a growing regulated industry

 · Ability to read, understand and follow detailed instructions to complete tasks accordingly 

· Ability to manage time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule 

· Evidence of autonomy and ability to work effectively as part of a wider team

Personal qualities

· Strong motivation to work in the industry of Advanced Therapies

Desired qualifications

You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C including Science, Maths and English.

For entry to the Technician Scientist (Level 5) apprenticeship you must have a total of 80 UCAS points including preferably a B in A-Level Biology or equivalent. Alternative experience and qualifications will be considered.

Future prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, candidates will be able to apply for further positions.

Things to consider

The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study.

Please note that apprentices may have to work Bank Holidays, but they will receive payment for this in addition to their basic salary.

Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace. See the following website: http//www.transportdirect.info All applications to be made through Apprenticeship vacancies. Do not contact the employer.


About the employer

Oxford Biomedica (LSE:OXB) is a leading, fully integrated, gene and cell therapy group. In January 2022, Oxford Biomedica announced that it was broadening its leading viral vector offerings by incorporating Homology Medicines established AAV capabilities into a newly formed AAV Manufacturing and Innovation Business in the US with Homology Medicines as a 20% owner. To date, Oxford Biomedica and its subsidiaries (the "Group") have built a sector leading lentiviral vector delivery platform (LentiVector), which the Group leverages to develop in vivo and ex vivo products both in-house and with partners. The Group has created a valuable proprietary portfolio of gene and cell therapy product candidates in the areas of oncology, CNS disorders and liver diseases. The Group has also entered a number of partnerships, including with Novartis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim, Beam Therapeutics, Arcellx, Cabaletta, Orchard Therapeutics and Santen, through which it has long-term economic interests in other potential gene and cell therapy products. Additionally, the Group has signed a 3-year master supply and development agreement with AstraZeneca for large-scale manufacturing of the adenoviral based COVID-19 vaccine, AZD1222. Oxford Biomedica is based across several locations in Oxfordshire, UK and employs more than 740 people. Further information is available at www.oxb.com.

Employer

Oxford Biomedica (Uk) Limited

Address

Windrush Court

Watlington Road

Oxford

OX4 6LT

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Training

Training provider

THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT

Contact

Jess Hayward j.hayward@kent.ac.uk

Technician Scientist Level 5 (Higher apprenticeship) 

Apprenticeship standard

Technician scientist

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)


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