(ATA) Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Medicinal Chemistry Support) - UCB

Cogent Ssc
208 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3WE
£16,000.00 annually
02 Aug 2019
24 Aug 2019
Science / Research
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
At UCBour ambition is to offer patients innovative new medicines and ground-breaking solutions that go beyond the drug. This commitment to carrying cutting-edge scientific research that is driven by the patients' needs can only be achieved with scientists and technicians that have drive and ambition and are equipped with skills to adopt to new technologies and innovate new products and services.

The Global Analytical Sciences Group within the Chemistry department in Slough provides industry leading analytical support to purify, characterise and profile the physical properties of Novel Chemical Entities (NCEs) using the most up to date instrumentation.


Following full training, the apprentice would provide core support in separation science to purify and characterise NCEs from the medicinal chemistry group. The apprentice would also cover routine physical chemistry measurements as and when required and would also be exposed to automation and robotic liquid handling.

The apprentice would take on a variety of tasks that would expose them to a range of laboratory techniques. Training will cover:
  • Foundation in analytical, physical and separation science
  • Good laboratory practice and record keeping
  • Preparation of buffers and solutions
  • Preparation of samples and screening plates
  • Experience with analytical and preparative liquid chromatography (LCMS)
  • Experience with analytical and preparative Super Fluid Critical (SFC) chromatography
  • Experience with robotic liquid handling

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Educated to A Level standard

Personal qualities

  • Ability to follow protocols and procedures
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate openly and honestly
  • Good record keeping and organisational skills

Desired qualifications

You must have gained 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A Levels including Chemistry and an additional Science or Maths (or equivalent e.g. BTEC).

Future prospects

On completion of the Apprenticeship, candidates will be considered for progression on to the Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship

You will be entitled to company benefits including;
  • 26 Days Holiday entitlement (+ Bank Holidays)
  • Opt in pension scheme
  • Student discount card (NUS)
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Dedicated mentor for the duration of your apprenticeship

Things to consider

Please ensure that you currently live within or can relocate to a commutable distance of the site