Higher Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship

Isomerase Therapeutics
Cambridge, CB10 1XL
£14,000 p.a.
14 Jun 2017
14 Jul 2017
Science / Research
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

This role involves management of a range of routine lab support tasks as well as supporting lab scientists with a number of more specific/highly-skilled tasks across chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and fermentation science, with a focus on the last two. The role requires independent work, work under supervision and as part of a team, and responsibility for a number of routine lab support tasks. The role requires both maintenance of detailed, high quality lab note books and careful time management. 

Responsibilities and duties

1.   Routine Lab Support Tasks

  • Maintenance of chemistry and biology glassware
  • Preparation of general use and tailored media; pouring agar plates
  • Waste management (chemical/ biological/sharps)
  • Regular deep clean of laminar and fume hoods ▪ General organization of communal work space
  • Maintenance and preparation of key molecular biology stocks (antibiotics, molecular reagents etc.)

2. Chemistry, Microbiology and Fermentation Task

  • Preparation of solid and liquid media in shake flasks
  • Centrifugation and solvent extraction of bacterial cultures and DSP support
  • Inoculation of shake flasks and fermenters using aseptic technique
  • Preparation and operation of 7 L fermenters, eventual operation of 20 L ferment

3. Molecular Biology

  • PCR
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Genomic and plasmid DNA extraction from E. coli and actinomycetes
  • E. coli and actinomycete transformation
  • Restriction enzyme digestion of DNA
  • Restriction enzyme and restriction enzyme free cloning (e.g. Infusion)

4.  Other Skills

  • Initiative and self-motivation
  • Excellent communication
  • Maintenance of high quality lab notebooks and generation of reports
  •  Adapting rapidly to new concepts and situations

Training to be provided

Foundation Degree OR Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Bioscience, studying with the University of Kent.

New Standard Laboratory Scientist Higher Qualification

Skills Required

  • Time management and foresight
  • Experimental planning
  • Initiative and self-motivation
  • Maintenance of high quality lab notebooks and generation of reports
  • Adapting rapidly to new concepts and situations

Personal Qualities

  • Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking; listening; writing; body language; presentation.
  • Understanding and commitment to Science & Engineering
  • Show aptitude to working in a team

Qualifications Required

  • You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C including Science, Maths and English
  • You should have gained a minimum of 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-level subjects including either Chemistry or Biology - or equivalent, eg BTEC National Diplomas, IB or DVCE.

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 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.