ATA Level 5 Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship - MedImmune

Cogent Ssc
£288.46 per week
28 Apr 2017
28 May 2017
Science / Research
Role Type
Start Date
The Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmune (RIA) is seeking an enthusiastic young scientist to be trained in helping running the flow cytometry activities across the Cambridge site for all therapeutic areas (RIA, Oncology and CVMD) and for assisting in research to investigate mechanisms in diseases of interest to RIA.

As an Apprentice Flow cytometry Technician the candidate will have the opportunity to develop world class skills and knowledge with in many areas of Flow Cytometry, RIA and other therapeutic areas.

The successful candidate will also contribute to programmes aimed at developing novel therapies for respiratory, inflammatory and/or autoimmune diseases. These might include FACS analysis of patient samples and ex vivo endpoints, sorting of rare cell populations for in vitro analysis of disease mechanisms or in vitro cell assays with primary immune cells.

You will receive training in all techniques, and will have your own mentor to provide help and advice during your time at Medimmune.

In addition you will be supported and funded to undertake an accredited degree course part-time whilst working.

Following successful completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have obtained a wealth of transferable competencies.


Environmental Management

  • To understand the management and control of laboratory waste, the handling and disposal of chemical substances.


  • To understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to their work
  • To understand and apply a variety of documents such as Standard Operating Procedures and Test Procedures


  • To understand goals and tasks assigned and where you are unsure, to question others to gain clarity of these tasks and goals
  • To effectively communicate to others (verbally and in writing) the detail of your tasks/workload on a daily/weekly or monthly basis either on a 1-to-1 basis or in team meeting environments.

Team Work

  • To effectively work within a team and be able to deliver upon team goals as well as individual goals


To prepare for, and perform laboratory experiments and tests to produce reliable, accurate data to support R&D

Laboratory techniques

  • Prepare for and perform laboratory techniques following any specified methodologies
  • Weighing
  • Pipetting
  • Filtering
  • pH measurement/adjustment
  • Reagent preparation
  • Temperature control and monitoring of refrigerated reagents

Role specific technical ability

  • To demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment and data analysis software following Standard Procedures
  • Flow cytometer operation, daily maintenance and QC
  • Cell sorter operation, daily maintenance and QC

Role specific competencies

To perform role specific tasks within the flow cytometry team including operation and maintenance of Cytometers and Cell sorters, data analysis and interpretation using flow cytometry specific software.


  • To complete documentation proficiently including relevant calculations
  • To understand error reporting and correction techniques e.g. for traceability
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the relevant good documentation practices. To keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
  • To contribute to the preparation of reports to a level commensurate with job role
  • Use of electronic laboratory notebooks in undertaking and recording laboratory tasks

Problem solving

  • To identify sources of error and how they can be reduced by demonstrating problem solving techniques
  • To demonstrate an open-minded approach e.g. more than one solution to a problem

To understand the importance to report errors and/or problems to Pathology team members and demonstrate this in everyday working.

Requirements and prospects Desired skills
  • 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
  • Drive, enthusiasm and ambition with a can-do approach
  • Flexible attitude to work - ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements
  • High degree of integrity and trust
  • Ability to multitask
  • Problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate a progressive attitude towards developing their knowledge and skills.
  • High attention to detail.
Personal qualities
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Have a passion for science and delivering results
  • A genuine motivation to drive own development
  • Be driven by a desire to make a difference to the lives of patients suffering with severe disease
  • Self-motivating with a desire to learn and push the boundaries of the role
  • Ability to deal with priority decision making
  • Excellent interpersonal and self- management skills
Qualifications required
  • Will possess 3 A levels (or equivalent), two of which must be in a science subject (ideally biology) at grade B or above.
  • Five GCSE's at grade C and above including Mathematics and English (or equivalent).
Future prospects 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 within the Life Sciences sector

Things to consider The individual will be working within a laboratory environment and must therefore adhere to site dress code procedures and personal hygiene standards during testing activities (e.g. correct use of PPE such as laboratory coats and glasses). The individual will be required to handle hazardous materials (e.g. chemicals, microorganisms) and so must adhere to the relevant procedures. The work pattern involves day and shift working dependent upon the needs of the business. Please see link for travel: Apprentices may be eligible to annual wage increments subject to company budgets and satisfactory completion of goals.