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Oncology Scientific Apprentice

Lieu Cambridge, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni Job ID R-096563 Date de publication 01/04/2021

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person!

Where you start with us doesn't determine the course of your career. So many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their roles and the countries they've worked in.

Our scientific apprenticeship programme provides an outstanding opportunity for our apprentices to learn and develop allowing them to fulfil their potential within a structured educational and work-based training environment.

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.

What the role involves

We are offering apprenticeships within our Oncology Chemistry and Oncology Translational Medicine (Genomics and Pathology) research teams. These positions will give a rounded set of skills and experiences in the selected research areas. 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

Our apprentices receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training needed. It will include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure each apprentice is fully competent by the end of the programme. Each apprentice will gain transferable core skills and knowledge. In addition, they will gain specific skills tailored to the individual requirements of their roles. 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.

Our apprentices initially 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.

Additionally, the apprenticeship is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Scientist (RSci) level.

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
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative
  • 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 Biology or grade B or above Chemistry (96 UCAS points) depending on the role

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

Opening date of advert: 4th January 2021

Closing date of advert: 19th March 2021

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on 27th April 2021

This position is a 39-month fixed term contract opportunity based in Cambridge, offering £15,000 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus.

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



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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