Level 5 Analytical Scientist Apprenticeship - Pharmaron Biologics

Cogent Skills
Speke, Liverpool
National Minimum Wage (£13,496 - £18,772 per annum depending on age)
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Science / Research
Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals & Science
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
24 months+

We have a great opportunity for you to join the Analytical Sciences Team at Pharmaron Biologics. This exciting role will cover all aspects of Pharmaceutical Development from an Analytical perspective including Analytical Development, Characterisation, Molecular Biology and Bioassay, Quality Control (QC) Microbiology and Analytical Applications.

There is also a requirement to ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with regulatory requirements and Pharmaron Biologics’ Quality and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Policies and Procedures.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsible to the Analytical Scientists, Senior Analytical Scientists, and the Senior Managers in Analytical Sciences.

Liaison with the staff of the following departments: Analytical Development, Characterisation, Analytical Molecular Biology, QC Microbiology and Analytical Applications, Process Sciences, QA, Administration and Engineering.

The Role Holder will rotate around 5 groups that form the Analytical Sciences team, spending approximately 4-6 months in each group, before specialising in a single group for the final year.

The 5 Analytical Sciences departments are:

  • Analytical Development
  • Characterisation
  • Molecular Biology and Bioassay (Analytical Molecular Biology)
  • QC Microbiology
  • Analytical Applications

Main Tasks of Job:

Analytical Sciences:

  • Performing routine and cGMP testing for new product development programmes.
  • Development, optimisation, validation, and transfer of analytical methods.
  • Collaborate effectively across cross functional teams to deliver requirements of projects
  • Compliance with all company systems and procedures.
  • Understand and comply with HSE policies and procedures associated with working within a laboratory area and within a manufacturing facility.
  • Health and Safety checks.
  • Control of contaminated/hazardous waste disposal.
  • Responsible for the following administration duties:
    • Document Control
    • Collation of metrics including sample submission
    • Generate SOP’s and test instructions
    • Receipt of chemicals and consumables
    • Receipt of samples
    • Check expiry dates of chemicals and consumables
    • Archiving of data.
  • General laboratory housekeeping on a daily basis:
    • Stock Management
    • Equipment maintenance and back up
    • Laboratory cleaning
    • Waste Disposal.

Typical Activities performed in each department

Analytical Development:

  • Testing of samples to support Process Development.
  • Supporting the development/ establishment of analytical methods focusing on UHPLC and Capillary Electrophoresis.
  • Analytical method qualification and transfer.


  • Physicochemical characterisation of samples to support Process Development
  • Support the development/ establishment of characterisation methods focussing on Mass Spectrometry and biophysical characterisation
  • Method Qualification

Molecular Biology and Bioassay:

  • Biological characterisation of samples to support Process Development
  • Support the development/ establishment of biological methods focussing on PCR, QPCR, plate-based methods, impurity analysis and biological characterisation
  • Method Qualification, validation, transfer, release testing.

QC Microbiology:

  • Carry out the following laboratory tasks:
  • Microbiology media receipt, testing, and release
  • Utility sampling and testing, including TVC and endotoxin
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Microbial identification of isolates
  • Learning clean room behaviours such as gowning and aseptic technique

Analytical Applications

  • To perform routine testing for:
  • Utility testing including TOC, Conductivity and Nitrates.
  • Analytical development testing including techniques such as HPLC, electrophoresis and immunoassays.
  • QC batch release and stability testing.
  • Analytical method transfer.


We are a dynamic, fast-growing company, with an enviable reputation for leading edge science, offering contract research services to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, solving some of the most difficult scientific challenges. We believe in our ability to relentlessly push forward the boundaries of scientific excellence, delivering solutions for our clients, always operating ethically and with integrity. We take pride in our professionalism and commitment to always deliver our very best work. We are based in the vibrant city of Liverpool with a world class R&D and manufacturing facility that offers a complete end to end development service. Our 80,000 sq. ft facility houses an established Biologics Department that consists of Analytical and Process Sciences. Our Liverpool site has a remarkable 20 Year Track Record in Biologics Development, which now offer A Fully Integrated Gene Therapy Drug Substance Solution in our state-of-the-art cGMP facility purpose designed for viral vectors with onsite plasmid DNA and renowned analytical capabilities for release and characterisation.

Founded in 2004, Pharmaron is a cutting-edge, fully integrated pharmaceutical R&D service platform supporting the life science industry. The company has invested in its people and facilities and established its comprehensive service offerings throughout the pharmaceutical R&D lifecycle. With operations in China, the US and the UK staffed by more than 10,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in delivering end-to-end R&D solutions to its partners globally and enabling them to accelerate their novel drug discovery and development process.


Qualifications required:

To be eligible for this position you will need;

  • At least 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above, including English, maths and science, plus;
  • A Levels equalling 80 UCAS points including Biology or Chemistry and another Science or Maths subject. Equivalent qualifications such as BTEC’s will be accepted

Skills required:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good numerical and IT Skills
  • Excellent team player - ability to get along with colleagues and work as part of a team
  • Problem solving skills
  • Manual dexterity

Personal qualities:

  • High Attention to detail
  • Flexible attitude to work - ability to adapt to changing demands
  • Demonstrate a progressive attitude towards developing their knowledge and skills
  • Drive, enthusiasm, and ambition with a can-do approach
  • Ability to multitask


Level 5 Technician Scientist Apprenticeship Standard

  • Training to be provided includes a comprehensive in-house training programme along with e-learning and block release with University of Kent
  • Higher Apprenticeship in Life Sciences and Chemical Sciences Professionals - Applied Bioscience Technology Foundation Degree
  • Training to be part of the contracted hours making up the working week.


Because of the technical experience you will gain from this role, you will gain skills which many graduates have yet to develop.  If you demonstrate practical ability in addition to problem solving ability there are limitless opportunities for progression.


Cogent Skills is managing the recruitment process in partnership with Pharmaron. To ensure fairness and equality of opportunity all applications must be made by completing the application on the Cogent Skills Apprenticeship portal. Those who have previously expressed an interest in opportunities with Pharmaron must also apply in this way. Please do not contact the sponsoring employer directly.

You must be able travel to the place of work Pharmaron site to meet the working hours stated

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