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Automation Engineer

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Closing date
25 Feb 2022

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Health & Social Care
Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals & Science
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
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At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We’re deeply committed to our strategy of being a great place to work. For us, that includes fostering an environment where everyone can be among inclusive, supportive individuals with curious minds.

A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore.

Make the start of your journey a lifechanging one

As part of our Early Talent Programme, you’ll be involved in projects and learning opportunities that have real impact from day one.

Being part of our journey and helping us to provide life changing medicine to patients all over the world and transform lives for the better. Making important contributions and embracing our values to deliver on our purpose. Because regardless of role or level, we all have an important part to play in making a positive difference.

This apprenticeship is within the Robotics and Automation Development team which resides in the BioPharmaceuticals R&D domain. In this team you'll be working with automation engineers globally with this role being based in Cambridge. The team includes a group of automation engineers with scientific backgrounds actively collaborating with scientists to provide an adaptable, science-driven approach to applying cutting-edge technologies to develop industry-leading cell lines, production processes, analytical methods and formulations.

As an apprentice automation engineer, you will be responsible for supporting the R&D organisation with a focus on the implementation, integration and data management relating to robotics and high throughput systems.  The automation engineer will collaborate with scientists across R&D to analyse current laboratory practices at AstraZeneca and identify opportunities to innovate, develop and implement physical and data automation tools the scientists will use. 

The successful candidate will:

  • install, test and validate new automation systems and adapt existing automation systems to ensure they meet scientific needs and user requirements.
  • advise and train others on use of laboratory automation systems
  • recommend unexplored areas, building capabilities and driving innovation
  • utilize 3D printing skills to be able to prototype custom parts for automation systems or to enable the use of novel technologies

Training and Development

AstraZeneca will sponsor you through your Digital & Technology Solutions Professional (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship Programme at Northeastern University

The apprenticeship combines working, earning a full-time salary, with fully funded part-time university learning (on average 1 day/week). This will give you the opportunity to gain a BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions qualification, just as you would if you went to university full-time, with the advantage of gaining relevant work-life skills and the excitement of helping to develop new medicines whilst taking your first steps towards a rewarding career.

We truly value Early Talent– their thoughts, ideas and contributions. So throughout the programme, you’ll be encouraged and inspired to speak up, have a voice and make an impact.

Skills and Capabilities

We would be looking for the following attributes from our successful applicants:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational skills with great attention to detail
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to work independently and contribute in a team environment
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks and understanding how to prioritise
  • Enthusiastic individuals who are keen to learn and with a genuine curiosity
  • A proactive approach to problem solving

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (or equivalent) grades C/4 or above including English, Mathematics and IT

To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of 3 A levels (BBB - 96 UCAS points) or equivalent.

Benefits, open and close dates

To apply for this position, please click the apply link.

Opening date of advert: 24th January 2022

Closing date of advert:   25th February 2022

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on 20th April 2022

Should you require any reasonable adjustments or accommodations, please let us know on your application.

This is a 39 month fixed term contract opportunity based at Aaron Klug Building, Granta Park, Great Abington, Cambridge, CB21 6GH with a starting base salary of £21,000 + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

Start date for the apprenticeship programme is 5th September 2022

These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details


AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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