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Laboratory Scientist (CRD Crystallisation) Apprenticeship - Pfizer COGENT SKILLS SERVICES LTD

This is a great opportunity to join Pfizer as a Laboratory Scientist apprentice. Working within the Chemical Research and Development Laboratories, you will help carry out complex 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?

Chemist in our CRD Crystallisation Laboratories.

The crystallisation team is responsible for developing processes to deliver active pharmaceutical ingredients that can be formulated robustly and meet all purity specifications. In order to achieve our goals, we use state-of-the-art automated reactors, process monitoring technologies and characterisation techniques, as well as maintaining close interfaces with synthetic chemists, formulation scientists, engineers and material scientists. Our responsibilities extend to successful transfer of processes to pilot and production scale and include the evaluation of new technologies and external science to constantly refresh our workflows.

What can you expect from a science apprenticeship at Pfizer?

  • Working in a fast-paced environment within a highly skilled scientific community
  • Applying scientific theories to real-life scenarios in the process of drug development
  • Structured training activities with close mentorship
  • Hands-on experience in state-of-the art laboratories
  • Development of analytical skills through experimental write-up and analysis
  • Exposure to a business environment operating within regulations set by external organisations including Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Problem solving and experimentation to recommend improvements in laboratory processes
  • Learning to plan and prioritise tasks whilst evaluating progress against objectives
  • Developing excellent communication skills to communicate scientific information and allow effective collaboration in a professional environment
  • Using creative thinking to challenge assumptions, innovate and make new proposals to build on existing ideas
  • Taking responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement
  • Tools to thrive and develop professionally to help enable a successful career

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

Apprenticeship standard: Laboratory Scientist.

Training provider: Greenwich University.

Qualification: BSc Chemistry.

Delivery model: Day release Medway Campus.

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, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working


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