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Laboratory Scientist (ARD) Apprenticeship - Pfizer COGENT SKILLS SERVICES LTD

If science is your passion, Pfizer is looking to recruit a Laboratory Scientist apprentice to work within its ARD (Analytical Research & Development) team. You will help carry out both routine and one-off scientific experiments.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 05 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 9am – 5.25pm, Friday 9am – 4.05pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The Laboratory Scientist Apprentice will carry out both routine and one-off scientific experiments and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

In any context, working safely and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory scientists will be expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They will be able to work with minimal supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

During the apprenticeship, the apprentice will be able to apply and develop the following:

  • Use the laboratory skills and scientific theory learned during their years of education so far and build on them with practical and theoretical training from experienced scientists in the department (e.g. pipetting, pH measurement, preparation of solutions)
  • Develop theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced analytical techniques (e.g. HPLC) required to work autonomously, with integrity and progress in the job role
  • Develop the skills to interpret laboratory data, draw conclusions and contribute to the development of scientific technical projects
  • Use creative thinking and problem solving to challenge assumptions, innovate, make new proposals and build on existing ideas
  • Prepare for and perform laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to the activities of the laboratory
  • Engage with and be a positive advocate of new technologies and the application of computational tools and digital design approaches
  • Develop the skills to manage time and plan and prioritise tasks, review and evaluate progress against objectives and investigate alternative scenarios
  • Work safely within a laboratory environment, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
  • Promote and ensure the application of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • Learn about the relevance of regulations imposed on the pharmaceutical industry by internal and external regulatory authorities such as the MHRA, FDA and ICH guidelines. Gain understanding of how scientists comply with these regulations whilst performing everyday roles, for example, in experimental write-ups, method design, traceability and confidentiality
  • Gain understanding of the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct
  • Develop communication skills to perform scientific presentations and effectively speak to a scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters, including appropriate use of social media and information systems
  • Understand the impact of our work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Apprenticeship standard: Laboratory Scientist (degree).

Training provider: University of Kent.

Qualification: BSc Applied Bioscience.

Delivery model: online learning.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Chemistry (Grade C or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Science or Maths (Grade C or above) Essential

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 ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace.

About the employer

Our apprenticeship and graduate services have been supporting science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people who can contribute to business success since 2012.




Discovery Park House

Ramsgate Road


CT13 9ND


Caroline Lees

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory scientist (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 05 Mar 2023