Research and Development Assistant Apprenticeship ASTREA UK SERVICES LIMITED

Committed to developing people & providing early career opportunities in lab science. Someone passionate about science, excited to work in lab environment & apply learning practically in the workplace. Diverse, motivated & friendly team in Engineering, Chemistry & Molecular biology. Have input to real-world products in cell & gene therapy field.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Mon to Friday 9am – 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

·       Supporting the Research and Development department

·       Supporting protein purification and purification of viral vectors

·       Preparation of buffers and media

·       Maintaining a clean and safe working environment adhering to health and safety procedures

·       Assist in other areas of R&D as required

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

BSc (Honours) Laboratory Science

Training will be at Comebrton (Cambs) site, with day-realease during term time to ARU Cambridge (36 days a year)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Future prospects would be roles within the laboratory such as Research Scientist within R&D – Chemistry, Analytical, Upstream processing and protein purification.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Quality focused, Passion - life sciences


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade C/5 or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent STEM (pref Chem / Bio) (Grade BBC (112 UCAS points)) Desired
BTEC or equivalent Any (Grade DMM) Desired

Things to consider

25 days holiday + Statutory holidays Corporate pension Private medical cover Dental Insurance Company bonus

About the employer

Astrea Bioseparations Ltd is a global bioseparations company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of advanced bioseparation products including chromatography adsorbents and columns. A wholly owned subsidiary of Gamma Biosciences, Astrea Bioseparations has R&D laboratories in Cambridge, UK and manufacturing facilities on the Isle of Man, British Isles and Stoughton, Massachusetts, making the company one of the largest volume affinity adsorbent manufacturers in the world. Astrea Bioseparations is honored to support the biopharmaceutical industry with products and services that help bring lifesaving and improving medicines to market. Regardless of process scale, we are ready to build Purity by Design into each process to ensure quality and speed to market.







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Training provider



Jayne McGuire

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory scientist (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

The recruitment process would include the following; • Initial recruiter phone-screen • Invite to assessment centre. • Final interview • Outcome of interview

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

Apply now

Closing date: today