(ATA) Analytical Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship (Upstream Process Sciences) - UCB

Cogent Ssc
208 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3WE
£17,000.00 annually
30 Sep 2020
01 Nov 2020
Science / Research
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
We are currently looking for highly motivated young scientists to join the BioTech Sciences department at UCB's UK Research and Development Hub in Slough. Working within Upstream Process Sciences you will be part of a team of scientists developing processes for the production of novel protein-based therapeutics for areas of unmet patient need.

You will be responsible for laboratory-based activities using a range of cutting-edge scientific technologies. You will help to enable the laboratory to function effectively whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines. You will receive training in all techniques and will have your own mentor to provide help and advice during your time at UCB. This represents a great opportunity to work in industry-leading laboratories at the cutting edge of drug development.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

The position is laboratory based and will primarily involve the undertaking of a range of analytical biochemical techniques in order to understand the impact of cell culture and microbial fermentation parameters on process performance, biology of the cells, product quality attributes and impact on downstream processing.

The candidate will be responsible for operating multiple HPLC and UPLC methods to enable understanding of the impact on product related species, as well as capillary electrophoresis and plate-based assays to supply critical information required for the optimization of bioprocess cultures.

The candidate will also be responsible for the purification of process samples by affinity chromatography methods using small scale high throughput methods with a Tecan robotic platform. Furthermore the candidate will use flow cytometry, metabolite analysis and microscopy to enable further understanding of culture performance and viability. Where required, the candidate will work closely with in-process analytical colleagues and participate in method troubleshooting and method development.

Tasks typically involve:
  • Undertaking a range of analytical biochemistry techniques in order to understand the impact of upstream process parameters on process performance, biology of the cells and product quality attributes
  • Purification of process samples by affinity chromatography methods using small scale high throughput methods with a Tecan robotic platform
  • Carrying out tasks accurately and following defined methodologies to carry out analyses
  • Providing traceable records of lab work such as batch records, electronic lab notebooks, excel templates, lab procedures, protocols and reports
  • Ensuring maintenance and functionality of the laboratory and analytical equipment in collaboration with internal teams
  • Helping interpret and present results in collaboration with other colleagues
  • Adhering to and continuously improving safety procedures and safety checks

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good ability to multitask
  • Problem solving skills
  • Good numerical and IT skills
  • Attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Team worker and considerate to members of team and wider organisation
  • Highly motivated and drive to develop oneself
  • Demonstrates reliability and integrity
  • Enthusiasm

Desired qualifications

To be eligible for this position you will need;
  • 5 GCSE's (or equivalent) grade A*-C (4-9) inc maths, English and Science
  • You must have gained a minimum of 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-level subjects including either Chemistry or Biology (or equivalent, e.g. BTEC) and an additional Science or maths.

Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.The training will expose the apprentice to a wide range of skills and competencies which would make them well placed for further study or suitable for many job opportunities in the life sciences sector.

Things to consider

  • Please ensure that you currently live within or can relocate to a commutable distance of the site
  • 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; and removal of all jewellery and make-up upon entry into controlled clean room areas)
  • 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

In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy the following 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

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