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Drug Discovery Apprentice ASTRAZENECA UK LIMITED

You will work within one of the state-of-the-art capabilities within Discovery Sciences, including: Protein Science, Biochemical and Cellular Assay Development, Cell Engineering, High-Throughput Screening, Cell therapy. You will design and produce our protein reagents, building bespoke biochemical and cellular assays.

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

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Closing date: 17 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £21,500.00

    £21,500 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus. We offer a relocation package to help with the costs and process of moving for candidates who currently live more than 60 minutes from the site location for this Apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm or 8.00am - 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    39 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    24 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Degree
    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000124108

  • Positions

    6 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Here you’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in patients’ lives. With science at its heart, this is the place where breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicines – for the world’s most complex diseases. Answer unmet medical needs by pioneering the next wave of science, focusing on outcomes, and shaping the patient ecosystem.

With our ground-breaking pipeline, the outlook is bright. Be proud to be part of a place that has achieved so much, yet is still moving forward. There’s no better time to join our global, growing enterprise as we lead the way for healthcare and society.

Discovery Sciences is a large function within AstraZeneca R&D containing a number of state-of-the-art scientific capabilities which enable early drug discovery programmes. Working across all therapy areas we drive the discovery process to deliver candidate drugs to patients in the clinic. We have a number of roles available covering a range of activities involved with early-stage discovery campaigns.

You could be involved with

  • Designing and producing our protein reagents
  • Building bespoke biochemical and cellular assays
  • Identifying new chemical starting points for disease targets or
  • Aiding the development of cell and gene-editing medicines

We are seeking highly motivated, dedicated, and scientifically curious apprentices to join the Discovery Sciences team.

You will have the opportunity to build your scientific capabilities, supporting drug discovery programs in a highly collaborative environment. If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and are ready to discover what you can do – join us.

If successful, you will develop your science within an impactful team working at the heart of drug discovery projects.

We are seeking highly motivated, dedicated and scientifically curious apprentices to join the Discovery Sciences team. You will have the opportunity to build your scientific capabilities, supporting drug discovery programs in a highly collaborative environment. If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and are ready to discover what you can do – join us.

If successful, you will develop your science within an impactful team working at the heart of drug discovery projects. You will work within one of the state-of-the-art capabilities within

  • Discovery Sciences, including Protein Science,
  • Biochemical and Cellular Assay Development,
  • Cell Engineering,
  • High-Throughput Screening and
  • Cell therapy.

As a lab-based apprentice you have the opportunity to interact across a broad range of projects with the potential to rotate between different capabilities and impact global initiatives within Discovery Sciences.

 

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

In return for your drive, determination, hard work and dedication to AstraZeneca, we are delighted to be able to sponsor you through completing your Bachelor of Science Degree in Bioscience and Digital Technology https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/laboratory-scientist-degree-v1-0 at Northeastern University - London through a 3-year programme.

Training is delivered via blended learning, primarily online with some blocks of face-to-face learning in London.

A degree apprenticeship combines full-time paid work with us and part-time university learning whilst being involved in real-life delivery, practical learning and getting paid.

As well as this, you will be supported on a day to day basis with:

  • Opportunities to apply your learning in the workplace
  • Reasonable time out to attend university and study (during study leave)
  • Focussed objectives and goals for the duration of each rotation
  • Further development to support broader learning
  • Time with your line manager, mentor, buddy and Early Talent network

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On successful completion, apprentices may apply for other positions at AstraZeneca.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Prioritising & multi-tasking, Using own initiative, Proactive, Genuine curiosity in science, Interpersonal skills

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent A Level (one of which must be Biology) (Grade B or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent A Level (one of which must be Biology) (Grade B or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent A Level (one of which must be Biology) (Grade B or above) Essential

About the employer

AstraZeneca in the UK 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. Employment -We employ 6,500 employees across five sites in the UK and support around 35,000 other jobs. Investment in the business -We are continually investing in our UK business and have made a number of significant investments including: a purpose-built R&D centre and corporate HQ in Cambridge, an investment of £120 million in a new facility at our manufacturing centre in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Innovation - Investment in the business - We continue to be an integral part of the scientific community in the UK, employing more than 2,600 employees in the UK focused on high value R&D activities. This is backed up by significant R&D investment.

Employer

ASTRAZENECA UK LIMITED

Address

1 Francis Crick Avenue

Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge

CB2 0AA

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Training

Training provider

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY-LONDON

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: 17 Feb 2023