ATA Laboratory Scientist (Level 5) Degree Apprenticeship - UCB

Cogent Ssc
208 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3WE
£17,000.00 annually
18 Dec 2020
01 Feb 2021
Science / Research
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
We are currently looking for highly motivated young scientists to join the Early Solutions department at UCB's UK Discovery Research Hub in Slough. Working within the Antibody Discovery Department you will be part of a team of scientists developing novel protein-based therapeutics for areas of unmet patient need.

You will be responsible for laboratory-based tasks using a range of cutting-edge scientific technologies to support therapeutic projects and technology development. 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 discovery.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

You will be responsible for laboratory-based tasks to support antibody discovery with techniques including mammalian cell culture, cell transfection, PBMC and tissue preparation, biochemical and cell based binding assays, molecular biology and DNA manipulation.

You will work autonomously to carry out relevant scientific experiments supporting various projects, and you will analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific data generated and present results clearly in written and oral form to the multi-disciplinary teams.

You will autonomously plan and prioritise your tasks and use creative thinking and problem solving, in addition to reading literature and input from colleagues to challenge assumptions, innovate, and build on the existing knowledge and scientific techniques within the team.

Tasks typically involve:
  • Performing well designed experiments in order to produce data to support scientific investigations
  • Carrying out tasks accurately and following methodologies to carry out analyses
  • Recording all laboratory work to the agreed standards
  • Interpreting and presenting results in collaboration with other colleagues
  • Presenting results and findings within meetings within various sized team meetings
  • Keeping up to date with technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability
  • Following and ensuring strict safety procedures and safety checks
  • Managing time effectively and being able to plan and complete work to schedule

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

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

Personal qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • 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

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.

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) includingmaths, English and a science.

Future prospects

UCB support their apprentices through the apprenticeship programme. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for progression onto the Level 6-degree Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship or 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
  • All applications to be made through Apprenticeship vacancies. Do not contact the employer