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Technician Scientist Apprenticeship

Aptuit (Oxford) Ltd
110-111, Innovation Drive, Abingdon, OX14 4RZ
£23,250.00 annually
Closing date
12 Aug 2021

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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A technician scientist carries out established laboratory based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using bench and instrumentation techniques.

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.

For this role, you will work as part of a shift team, on our pilot plant. This varied role involves many different duties, including:
  • Ensure that plant safety is maintained and safety regulations are adhered to
  • Ensure production areas are clean, tidy and well-maintained
  • Maintain high standards of quality, ensuring that manufacturing and documentation are compliant with cGMP and operating procedures are followed
  • Complete and review documentation promptly and accurately
  • Manage own workload such that production schedule is maintained and deadlines are met
  • Perform and record environmental monitoring as required
  • Operating the pilot plant reactors and ancillary equipment following current procedures, obtaining advice from superiors if necessary
  • Perform routine maintenance and re-configure reaction vessels and ancillary equipment
  • Prepare and analyse samples using a variety of analytical techniques (including HPLC, NMR, KF, LOD)
  • Maintain full familiarity with core plant services. Identify and report problems to the appropriate people in a timely manner
  • Communicate effectively within the team
  • Contribute to shift handovers
  • Identify own training requirements. Participate fully and diligently in all training schemes and maintain training record
  • Identify and suggest areas where improvements can be made. Participate fully and diligently in project schemes to support continuous improvement

  • Requirements and prospects

    Desired skills

    • IT literate
    • Strong numeracy skills with knowledge of calculating and tabulating results
    • Clear written and verbal communications skills with the ability to clearly convey processes, results and key messages and able to build rapport, quickly and effectively
    • Customer focused
    • Basic knowledge of Chemical and Drug Discovery Industry is advantageous

    Personal qualities

    • Strong motivation to work in the drug discovery industry
    • Show aptitude to working in a team
    • Manages time effectively
    • Attention to detail

    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 Chemistry or equivalent. Alternative experience and qualifications may 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.
    • Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace. See the following website: http//

    Please be aware this role involves shift working.
    • Shift pattern composed of blocks of 4 or 5 shifts (2 days/2 nights or 2 days/3 nights or 3 days/2 nights) followed by 4 or 5 days off.
    • Shifts are 12 hours long (7am to 7pm or 7pm to 7am).
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