Oncology Research Scientist Higher Apprenticeship

£14,000.00 - £16,000.00 annual salary
15 Jun 2017
08 Jul 2017
Science / Research
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AstraZeneca's Oncology Innovative Medicines and Early Development (IMED) research is based in Cambridge where a brand new state-of-the-art scientific facility is currently being built. As an apprentice, you would work alongside world-class scientists contributing to research focused on developing the next generation of Oncology medicines.

AstraZeneca's Oncology Innovative Medicines and Early Development (IMED) research is based in Cambridge where a brand new state-of-the-art scientific facility is currently being built.

As an apprentice, you would work alongside world-class scientists contributing to research focused on developing the next generation of Oncology medicines.

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you'll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve. We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you're curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person.

Our scientific research and development is afforded the utmost respect so we give our people the same. We do everything we can to make sure each AstraZeneca person has everything they need to stretch themselves and see what they can achieve.

Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career. So many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their roles and the countries they've worked in. We don't limit their capabilities by what's possible from them now but by what's possible from them in the future.

AstraZeneca's apprenticeship scheme offers you a unique opportunity to learn within a multi-national company gaining useable skills whilst working closely alongside industry experts and professionals. The workplace experience acquired during your apprenticeship will ensure you develop the skills to provide good prospects for full term positions within AstraZeneca and in roles within other science based companies.

In addition to gaining valuable working experience you will have the opportunity to study towards professional qualifications dependent on your chosen department whilst earning a competitive salary.

The apprenticeship programme commences annually in September at one of our Cambridge sites and we are offering Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeships within 4 main areas. These are:

  • Bioscience - These roles will be focused on understanding how potential new oncology drugs affect cancer cells and normal cells, allowing AstraZeneca to ensure that only drugs which work as they are meant to are used to treat patients. You will work closely with experienced bioscientists learning a variety of pharmacology and cell biology techniques, potentially including working with laboratory animals.
  • Translational Science - This role involves using state-of-the-art technologies to characterize samples from patients on clinical trials of new medicines to treat cancer. You will work closely with a team of experienced scientists to measure gene and protein expression so we can understand how our new medicines are working, who might benefit most from treatment, and what the right amount of treatment should be.
  • Oncology Chemistry (purification) - These are roles with a very practical emphasis on purifying and testing new drug substances to ensure that only high quality substances are tested for disease activity. Roles will be based within the Oncology chemistry laboratory and you will work in close collaboration with synthetic chemists to understand the technical needs of each project and deliver pure material for testing. Degree course studies will be supplemented with hands-on training in all aspects of drug discovery chemistry.
  • Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) -These roles are focused on understanding how potential new oncology drugs might behave in the body - i.e. how it is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated from the body. You will work with scientists within the oncology DMPK team to learn experimental techniques to deliver vital scientific understanding of the DMPK properties of our new drugs.

Each apprentice will receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training they need to meet the standard. It may include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure the Apprentice is fully competent by the end of their programme. It will show when each area of the standard must be acquired and assessed and which areas may require off the job.

The Apprentice will gain transferable core skills and knowledge. In addition, they will gain skills specific to the working practices of their place of employment. The requirements of the Apprenticeship are designed to offer stretch and progression. Further training as required will be confirmed at the start of the training plan. Training to be part of the contracted hours making up the working week.

At the end of the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of underlying scientific principles in laboratory based experimentation and implement new processes according to the literature or input from colleagues
  • Demonstrate and explain the principles of laboratory techniques and scientific experimentation to contribute to the development of scientific technical projects
  • Develop and apply a theoretical knowledge of the advanced science and technology required to progress in the job role and relevant area of specialism
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of project management procedures and the ability to incorporate these into the scientific work environment working with team members
  • Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the sponsoring organisation and comply with regulations including compliance with business rules pertaining to record keeping, traceability & confidentiality.
  • Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct
  • Identify and understand the requirements of internal or external customers and recommend the appropriate workflows, improvements or scientific solutions
  • Prepare for and perform laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to the activities of the laboratory
  • 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
  • Work autonomously to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific data and present the results of laboratory work and problem solving clearly and concisely in written and oral form
  • Lead continuous performance improvement within the scientific and technical environment
  • Use creative thinking and problem solving to challenge assumptions, innovate, make new proposals and build on existing ideas
  • Plan and prioritise tasks, review and evaluate progress against objectives and investigate alternative scenarios
  • Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking to a scientific and non-scientific audience, active listening, professional writing, professional body language, scientific presentation
  • Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters, including appropriate use of social media and information systems
  • Work autonomously and interact effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary project team.
  • Understand the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
  • Manage time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule
  • Able to handle change and respond to change management processes
  • Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement.
Requirements and prospects Desired skills
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Good Team Working Skills
  • High Organisation Skills and confidence to work independently
  • Logical Thinking to be able to apply processes
  • Computer literacy
  • High Numeracy & Literacy Skills
Personal qualities
  • Concerns for standards
  • The ability to learn
  • Initiative
  • Self-motivation
Qualifications required
  • You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C (9 - 4) including Science, Maths and English
  • You should have gained a minimum of 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-level subjects including Biology OR Chemistry - or equivalent, eg BTEC National Diplomas, IB or DVCE.
Future prospects To fulfil your potential and create a lasting career, we will help you in any way we can, including: • Reporting to a supportive line manager and personal mentor • Giving you the chance to network and socialise • Professional and in-house training schemes and qualifications • Being a part of a successful team.

Things to consider The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace. See the following website: http//www.transportdirect.info