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Technician Scientist - Oncology

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25 Feb 2022

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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.

In the Oncology Business Unit we relentlessly follow the science, challenging the status quo to deliver more effective treatments to patients in need. Our dedication means we purposefully push back the limits of knowledge to change the practice of medicine. To ensure no patient is left behind, no matter what stage of disease.

Fast-paced, it takes agility and responsiveness to stay committed in our pursuit of excellence. We work with focus to seek the unanswered questions – innovating, challenging accepted norms, quick decision-making and taking smart risks. A place of trust, it’s an opportunity to take accountability, be brave, speak up, step up and redefine Oncology, now and in the future. Be a part of improving lives. This is the time to join the team who is confident that cures for cancer are within our grasp. AstraZeneca’s pipeline is one of the broadest and deepest in the industry.

Working in this laboratory based position, you’ll gain a broad range of experience in scientific techniques related to assessing the efficacy of oncology candidate drugs in preclinical models. While the role will be primarily focused on in vivo immune-oncology models, over the course of the apprenticeship there will be opportunity to learn not only variety of in vivo technical skills but also conduct experiments related to ex vivo and in vitro analysis of tumour-immune function.

As a member of the Early Oncology Clinical IO team, you can expect to

  • gain experience of the holistic overview of drug development process,
  • get aptitude for hands-on in vivo work in a predominantly laboratory-based role.
  • learn to design and independently run and analyse preclinical experiments
  • gain experience in data handling, analysis and interpretation
  • participate in and contribute to internal forums
  • get opportunity to enhance transferable skills by presenting work that will enhance the communication skills.

A high regard for animal welfare, rigorous record-keeping and attention to fine detail are critical to the role.

Training and Development

AstraZeneca will sponsor you through your L5 Technician Scientist Foundation Degree. with Kent 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 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:

  • Enthusiastic individuals who are keen to learn and with a genuine curiosity for the science involved in creating new medicines.
  • Ability to accurately perform data entry and analysis
  • Able to act independently but also to work and contribute in a team environment
  • Good organisational skills with an excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks and understanding how to prioritise
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • A proactive approach to problem solving

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades 9 to 4 including Maths, English and Science

To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent) including Chemistry or Biology. Alternatively, applicants must have completed a Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship in a relevant science discipline.

Benefits, open and close dates

Opening date of advert: 24th January 2022

Closing date of advert: 25th February 2022

This is a 3 year fixed term contract opportunity based primarily at Cambridge Biomedical Campus with a starting base salary of £18,000 + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on 12th April 2022

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

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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