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Laboratory Scientist (CRD Chemistry) Apprenticeship – Pfizer

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This is a great opportunity to join Pfizer as a Laboratory Scientist apprentice. Working within the Chemical Research and Development Laboratories, you will help carry out complex scientific experiments.

Qualifications requirement
  • 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including mathematics and English.
  • Will have, or are predicted, A-Levels equalling 104 UCAS points, including Chemistry at grade C or above plus an additional Science or Mathematics.
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications (e.g., BTEC) will also be considered (with a minimum requirement of 104 UCAS points)
Salary £17,060 per annum
Holiday Entitlement 25.5 days per year plus Bank Holidays
Benefits
  • Opt in Pension Employer 3% contribution/ Employee 5% contribution
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • On-site parking
  • Onsite canteen
Location Sandwich
Working Hours Monday to Thursday 9am – 5.25pm, Friday 9am – 4.05pm
Duration 60 months
Start Date 4th September 2023
Interview Date March / April 2023
Closing date for applications 5th March 2023
To apply To apply, fill in your information in the online form below. If you are having difficulty in completing this, please contact recruitment on [email protected]  for assistance
Next Steps Once the position has closed, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a one way video interview, you will have 3 days to complete it.
This will be reviewed by the Hiring Manager along with your application form to decide who is brought through to the final interview.
 
If you have any issues in applying, please contact us on [email protected]

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Chemist in our Chemical Research and Development (CRD) Laboratories

CRD laboratory scientists are responsible for the design, execution, analysis and interpretation of chemical processes to manufacture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). This involves carrying out complex scientific experiments and exploring a variety of chemical processes to develop an optimal synthetic route. Scientists use state-of-the-art technologies and equipment to carry out these experiments and collaborate closely with engineers as well as colleagues from our scale-up facilities. The team works closely with other disciplines including process safety colleagues, crystallisation specialists and manufacturing teams.

What can you expect from a science apprenticeship at Pfizer?

  • Working in a fast-paced environment within a highly skilled scientific community
  • Applying scientific theories to real-life scenarios in the process of drug development
  • Structured training activities with close mentorship
  • Hands on experience in state-of-the art laboratories
  • Development of analytical skills through experimental write-up and analysis
  • Exposure to a business environment operating within regulations set by external organisations including Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Problem solving and experimentation to recommend improvements in laboratory processes
  • Learning to plan and prioritise tasks whilst evaluating progress against objectives
  • Developing excellent communication skills to communicate scientific information and allow effective collaboration in a professional environment
  • Using creative thinking to challenge assumptions, innovate and make new proposals to build on existing ideas
  • Taking responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement
  • Tools to thrive and develop professionally to help enable a successful career

ABOUT PFIZER

You’re the future. Your ambition, talents, ideas and unique way of looking at the world will help us drive innovation in every part of our business.

Our company purpose – “Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives” – guides our environmental sustainability priorities. We’re passionate about protecting human health. That’s reflected in our environmental sustainability goals: climate action & sustainable medicines.

Bringing Breakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives goes beyond breakthrough medicines. Climate change is impacting the health we protect and the patients we serve. It’s the challenge of our age, we need to act, and our customers and patients want us to act.

We leverage scientific innovation to reduce our environmental impact through climate impact mitigation, conservation of resources and the reduction of waste.

We will continue to work in partnership, using science to combat climate change together #ScienceWillWin

We need people with a hugely diverse range of talents. “Love Science? Want to work on the business side? Get stuck into an apprenticeship to launch a career in anything from working in the drug development labs to paralegal service”.

Pfizer’s apprenticeship scheme, run in partnership with Cogent Skills, offers the best of both worlds. You’ll work with world-leaders in your field, from researchers to business gurus. You’ll study towards a nationally recognised academic or professional qualification. And all the time, you’ll be earning a highly competitive salary.

Looking for an alternative to college or university, where you can earn while you learn, and build experience with a global leader? Find it at Pfizer.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Skills

  • Knowledge of life sciences and mathematics
  • Ability to follow instructions and operate in a controlled environment adhering to procedures for example safety, environment and risk management
  • Interest in problem solving with a creative approach
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse mix of team members effectively
  • Appreciation of the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Competent user of IT software including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Attention to detail and ability to summarise information and write up into a report or to deliver a presentation
  • Capable of researching scientific topics and identifying key information relevant to the project
  • Laboratory experience (nice to have – not a requirement)

Personal Qualities

  • Passion for science and continuous learning
  • Desire to work and ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Ability to ask questions when working on an unknown or new package of work
  • Motivated to drive your career progression and development
  • Open to change and flexibility within a work environment
  • Ability to listen and take on board the opinion of others whilst also being able to positively influence colleagues
  • Self-driven and able to set goals which are realistic but also challenging

TRAINING TO BE DELIVERED

Apprenticeship standard: Laboratory Scientist

Training provider: Greenwich University

Qualification: BSc Chemistry

Delivery model: Day release Medway Campus

FUTURE PROSPECTS

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.

THINGS TO BE DELIVERED

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. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace.

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Salary: £17,060
Closing Date: 5th March 2023
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