Technician Scientist Apprenticeship

Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, SG1 2FX
Competitive salary
07 May 2019
04 Jun 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Main Role:

A Technician Scientist in Cell & Gene Therapy carries out scientific experimentation, laboratory investigations and/or production activities across Research & Development and/or Commercial manufacture of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs). They will use specialised technical skills and advanced scientific techniques following procedures associated with their organisations operational plans to deliver as part of a wider professional team. They operate within a highly regulated environment because of the need to control quality and safety of Advanced Therapies and use their awareness of the research context to contribute to the proposal of new scientific ideas.

Specific responsibilities may include:
  • Performing laboratory investigations using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods relevant to the development of Advanced Therapies
  • Supporting the manufacture of Advanced Therapy Medicinal products according to Good Manufacturing Practice within a controlled clean room environment
  • Performing controlled cleaning of laboratories, clean room facilities and specialised equipment in accordance with approved standard operating procedures
  • Designing experiments, reporting results and the accurate recording of technical data in accordance with good practice and approved Standard Operating Procedures
  • Managing scientific projects from project planning through milestones, risk analysis and key performance measures to contribute to the wider organisations operational plans
  • Operating highly technical equipment, including but not limited to bioreactors, biological incubators, laminar air flow cabinets, centrifuges and cryogenic storage vessels
  • Communicating with a wide range of scientific and non-scientific colleagues within the organisation such as Quality Control, supervisors and Engineering teams as required

A technician scientist carries out established laboratory based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using bench and instrumentation techniques. They use a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills following well established principles associated with their organisation's science and technology, which may typically be within chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products or analytical services.

They carry out routine lines of enquiry, development or investigation taking responsibility for the quality of the work they undertake. They work safely and ethically often under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control quality and safety of scientific products.

They critically evaluate appropriateness of commonly used approaches to solving routine problems, using a range of approaches to formulate evidence based responses to defined and routine problems and issues within their area of work. They also contribute to solutions to problems within the wider scientific team, using appropriate project management procedures.

They perform record keeping and checks and use data capture systems relevant to the technical and scientific procedures that they use. They analyse relevant scientific information, interpret and evaluate data, prepare results and provide progress updates of their work. They manage resources within a clearly defined area.

They use their awareness of any research interests and the technical context and processes of the laboratory alongside senior team members to contribute to the proposal of new scientific ideas. They have an up to date knowledge of technical, scientific and regulatory developments related to the conduct of the laboratory. They communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences

They work as part of a wider scientific team, which may include laboratory scientists and laboratory technicians, in settings where there is certainty and with limited ambiguity taking personal responsibility for decision making in routine predictable contexts.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Reliability, integrity and respect of confidentiality on work related and personal matters.

Responsibility for your work and accountability for the impact of your work on others.

Positive response to change, adjusting to different conditions, technologies and situations.

Ability to manage time effectively, being able to plan and complete work to schedule.

Evidence of autonomy and ability to work effectively as part of a wider team.

Personal qualities

Strong motivation to work in the industry of Advanced Therapies.

Desired qualifications

You should possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - grades A - C including Science, maths and English

For entry to the Technician Scientist (Level 5) apprenticeship you must have a total of 80 UCAS points including preferably a B in A-Level Biology or equivalent. Alternative experience and qualifications will be considered.

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.

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