AstraZeneca Oncology Scientific Apprentice

Chesterford Park, Little Chesterford, Saffron Walden, CB10 1XL
Competitive salary
07 Mar 2019
07 Mar 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Full Vacancy Description

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and as an apprentice you will be given the opportunity to develop beyond your wildest dreams. We are looking for people who can share our passion for science & technology so if you feel you have the drive and determination to help us to deliver first class medicines to meet the needs of patients around the world, then we invite you to apply.

Our scientific research, development and technological innovation is well respected in the industry and we support our people, helping them to go above and beyond their expectations.

As a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business, our focus is on creating and developing new medicines that make a meaningful difference to patients' lives and the UK is at the heart of our efforts to do that.

With over 6,700 employees in the UK and more than 59,000 across over 100 countries worldwide, you would become part of a vast multi-cultural team responsible for delivering life-changing medicines that improve patients' lives and benefit societies around the world.

Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career. Many people at AstraZeneca develop beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their scientific expertise and the contributions that they have made within the organisation. Our scientific apprenticeship programme provides a unique opportunity for our apprentices to learn and develop allowing them to fulfil their potential within a structured educational and work-based training environment.

AstraZeneca's apprenticeship scheme offers you the prospect to learn within a multi-national company gaining technical and research skills whilst working closely alongside industry experts and professionals. In addition to gaining valuable work experience you will have the opportunity to study towards a Biological Sciences degree at Kent University whilst earning a competitive salary.

The combination of workplace training and educational study will ensure that you develop the skills and qualifications to provide excellent career prospects for your future scientific career.

Our Scientific Apprenticeship Program commences annually in September at our Cambridge research site. We are offering apprenticeships within several of our oncology research teams. Each of these positions provides the opportunity to gain a unique insight into AstraZeneca's world-leading scientific research, enabling the discovery of a new generation of cancer treatments.

Our apprentices receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training they will need. It will include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure that each apprentice is fully competent by the end of their program. Each apprentice will gain transferable core skills and knowledge. In addition, they will gain specific skills tailored to the individual requirements of their roles.

Our apprentices initially work towards a Level 5 qualification with one day per week set aside for study. Typically, this will be a Foundation Degree in Applied Bioscience Technology. There is also a future option to extend your apprenticeship within AstraZeneca to study for a further 2 years and gain a Level 6 BSc (honours) degree qualification.

Additionally, the apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Scientist (RSci) level.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Essential skills/capabilities required:
  • Good communication skills
  • Good team working skills
  • High organisation skills and confidence to work independently
  • Logical thinking to be able to apply processes
  • The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgments based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to learn
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative

Personal qualities

Good communication skills

The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgments based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner


Concerns for standards

Good team working skills

Desired qualifications

Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades A*-C or 9-5 including Maths, English and Science.

2 A Levels (or equivalent) including grade B or above in Biology (96 UCAS points on the 2018 tariff)

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be encouraged to apply for relevant vacancies.

Things to consider

At AstraZeneca/MedImmune we are proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are encouraged to express diverse perspectives, are highly valued and appropriately rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

Apply to join us and become an AstraZeneca/MedImmune employee contributing to one of the innovation-driven, world leading companies in biopharmaceuticals.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.