What will the apprentice be doing?
Your work will involve the processing, storing and shipping of biological samples, as well as general lab management duties to ensure the laboratory environment is maintained to a high standard.
You will work as part of a small team but regularly liaise with other Achilles teams on site and on other sites to help manage sample logistics. Operating within in a highly regulated environment the role requires excellent attention to detail, great initiative, and a strong team player.
· Processing and storing biological samples from the Process Development team.
· Completing sample processing paperwork in accordance with GCLP and Good Documentation Practice (GDP) guidelines.
· Organising shipping of samples to other Achilles sites and external vendor labs.
· General lab management duties including stock checking and ordering.
· Regular maintenance and cleaning of laboratory equipment.
·Assisting with organising repair/servicing/calibration of laboratory equipment.
· Assisting with document management and writing of standard operating procedures.
· Performing laboratory investigations under supervision using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods relevant to the development of Advanced Therapies.
· Operating highly technical equipment, including but not limited to biological incubators, isolators, centrifuges and cryogenic storage vessels.
· Communicating with a wide range of scientific and non-scientific colleagues within the organisation such as supervisors and Lab Management team as required.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Foundation Degree in Bioscience - ATMP Route
Laboratory Technician Scientist Higher Qualification
The apprentice will be released for study once per week. Study is mostly distance learning with the exeption of two summer school's, each one week long, in person at The University of Kent Canterbury campus.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
View that a permanent role be a possibility depending on performance and the needs of the organisation at the time.
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, Team working, Strong motivation, Respect of confidentiality, Accountability, Adjust to conditions, Positive change response, Time management, Compete work to schedule, Work independently, Solution focused, Proactive, Quick learner, Detail focused
GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Biology (Grade C) Essential
Things to consider
Annual leave 25 days + bank holidays