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.
What the role involves
AstraZeneca’s apprenticeship scheme offers you the prospect to learn within a multi-national company gaining a variety of cutting edge technical and research skills whilst working closely alongside industry experts and professionals. In addition to gaining valuable work experience you will have the opportunity to study towards a degree via distance learning with Kent University.
The combination of workplace training and educational study will ensure that you develop the skills and qualifications to provide excellent prospects for your future scientific career.
We are offering an apprenticeship within our Oncology Chemistry research team. This position will give a rounded set of skills and experiences in the field of synthetic, analytical and medicinal chemistry. They will also provide the opportunity to gain a unique insight into AstraZeneca’s world-leading scientific research, enabling the development of a new generation of cancer treatments.
Training and development
AstraZeneca will initially sponsor you to work towards a Level 5 qualification with one day per week set aside for study. Typically, this will be a Foundation Degree in Applied Bioscience or Applied Chemical Technology. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/technician-scientist/
There is also a future option to extend your apprenticeship within AstraZeneca to study for a further 2 years and gain a Level 6 BSc (honours) degree qualification.
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.
Additionally, the apprenticeships are recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Scientist (RSci) level.
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.
Essential skills/capabilities required:
- Good communication skills
- Good team working skills
- High organisation skills and confidence to work independently
- Logical thinking to be able to apply processes
- The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgements based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
- Concerns for standards
- High numeracy and literacy skills
- Computer literacy
Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades or 9-4 including Maths, English and Science.
To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) including grade B or above in Chemistry (96 UCAS points)
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 12th April 2022
This position is a 39-month fixed term contract opportunity based At Chesterford Research Park, Cambridge, offering £18,000 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus.
Should you require any reasonable adjustments or accommodations, please let us know on your application.
These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above in a Science discipline – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details https://careers.astrazeneca.com/students
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.