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Level 5 Technician Scientist Apprenticeship (Protein and Cell Engineering) - Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Cogent Ssc
86-88 Jubilee Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, Abingdon, OX14 4RW
£17,500.00 annually
Closing date
28 Oct 2021

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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The Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship will be embedded within our Biology Department where we undertake research to discover therapies for serious diseases. The successful apprentice will need a character that is reliable and diligent, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work undertaken.

In particular, this role will involve working to support our molecular cloning and protein expression teams where we generate tool reagents (nucleic acids, proteins and cells) that are instrumental in keeping our in-house projects running.The role will entail the understanding and use of every aspect of plasmid DNA in research and experiments using state-of-the-art scientific equipment. You will be imbedded within a wider organisation that is dedicated to drug discovery and benefit from the passion and knowledge of your colleagues. Regular discussions, talks and presentations from within and outside of the organisation will allow you to learn about and understand disease biology, the drug discovery process and how medicines work.

Understanding and working to strict safety and ethical guidelines is paramount to this role. The apprentice will be expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. With appropriate time, training and experience, they will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality, accuracy and recording of the work that is undertaken. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and helping identify ways to improve processes.

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
  • Teamworker 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) including 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
  • All applications to be made through Cogent Skills Recruitment - Cogent Skills will be the direct employer for this Apprenticeship and you will be hosted by Vertex

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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