Analytical Chemistry Degree Apprenticeship (Oncology)



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Wage Competitive salary
36.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.
duration: 39 months
start: 2 January 2020
Saffron Walden
Higher(level 4-7)
Technician Scientist (apprenticeship standard)
12 December 2019 (application closing date)
This apprenticeship programme offers the prospect to learn within a global company gaining technical and research skills whilst working alongside industry experts and professionals. You will also study a Chemical Sciences degree at the University of Kent whilst earning a competitive salary.


Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career. Our analytical chemistry apprenticeship programme provides a unique opportunity to learn and develop allowing you to fulfil your potential within a structured educational and work-based training environment.

This apprenticeship programme offers the prospect to learn within a global company gaining 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 Chemical Sciences degree at The University of Kent whilst earning a competitive salary.

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.

You will be based within our Oncology research team 4 days a week (5th day to be dedicated to study) and will involve the identification, purity assessment and characterisation of new drug compounds using a range of state-of-the art instrumentation. You'll gain a unique insight into AstraZeneca’s world-leading scientific research leading to the discovery of a new generation of cancer treatments.

Future Prospects

You will be enrolled to study a foundation degree in Applied Chemical Sciences by distance learning at the University of Kent which should be completed during this contract.

There is also an option to extend this initial contract for a further 21 months providing the opportunity to complete an honours degree in Applied Chemical Sciences.

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Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). 

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We will review applications regularly and will contact successful candidates to arrange a mutually convenient date for interview.

This position is not open to those already educated to bachelor’s degree level or above in a Science discipline – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details.

The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace.

The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study.

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.

Skills 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 decisions based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy

Qualities Required

  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative
  • The ability to learn

Qualifications Required

  • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths, English and science
  • 2 A-Levels including grade B or above (or equivalent) in Chemistry (96 UCAS points on the 2018 tariff)

Training Provided

Higher level Technician Scientist apprenticeship standard.

You’ll receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training you need. It may include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure that you are fully competent by the end of the programme. You’ll gain transferable core skills and knowledge, and specific skills tailored to the individual requirements of the role.

You’ll be working towards a Level 5 qualification.  Typically, this will be a Foundation Degree in Applied Chemical Sciences.  There is also a future option to extend your apprenticeship within AstraZeneca to study for a further 2 years and gain an Honours degree scientific qualification.

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

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