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Laboratory Scientist (Microbiology) Apprenticeship – Pfizer

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Main Description

Pfizer are looking to recruit a Laboratory Scientist, working within a Microbiology Group in the Analytical Research and Development team.  As part of your role, you will carry out both routine and one-off scientific experiments and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

Qualifications requirement
  • 5 GCSE’s at Grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including Mathematics and English
  • Will have, or are predicted, A Levels equalling 104 UCAS points, including Biology at Grade C or above plus and 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 complete 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

Pfizer are looking to recruit a Laboratory Scientist, working within a Microbiology Group in the Analytical Research and Development team.  As part of your role, you will carry out both routine and one-off scientific experiments and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. You’ll start with learning the fundamental techniques in the microbiology lab, helping with quality control checks, testing water and environmental samples for microorganisms.  You’ll then move onto techniques such as microbial enumeration, endotoxin testing of water and microbial identification of microorganisms using microscopes and rapid modern technology. Working in a Microbiology Lab is varied and always interesting!

Laboratory Scientists will be expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken.

Working safely and ethically is paramount.  Pfizer operates under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of our medicines for patients. 

At the end of the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of underlying scientific principles in laboratory-based experimentation and implement new processes according to the literature or input from colleagues
  • Demonstrate and explain the principles of laboratory techniques and scientific experimentation to contribute to the development of scientific technical projects
  • Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice, and codes of conduct
  • Work safely within a laboratory environment, maintaining excellent housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
  • Work autonomously to analyse, interpret, and evaluate scientific data and present the results of laboratory work and problem solving clearly and concisely in written and oral form
  • Use creative thinking and problem solving to challenge assumptions, innovate, make new proposals and build on existing ideas
  • Communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking to a scientific and non-scientific audience, active listening, professional writing, professional body language, scientific presentation
  • Demonstrate reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters, including appropriate use of social media and information systems

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

  • Sound knowledge of life sciences, with an interest in microbiology.
  • Hard-working
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to solve problems, interact with others and manage a varied workload
  • Application of theoretical knowledge in the laboratory
  • Rational, innovative and creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to learn and work with new technologies
  • Ability to interpret data and draw conclusions from large data sets
  • Good report writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to apply learning from prior experience to new situations and problems
  • Ability to evaluate information from a broad range of sources
  • Communicates with clarity, purpose and efficiently.

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiastic attitude and approach to teamwork with positive influencing and listening skills
  • High energy level; hard working; makes things happen
  • Demonstrates sound judgement when making decisions
  • Self-driven and able to set personal goals which are realistic and challenging
  • Change agile, flexible and resilient
  • Interest and a desire to work and develop as a microbiologist
  • Desire to work in a laboratory environment

TRAINING TO BE DELIVERED

Apprenticeship standard: Laboratory Scientist

Training provider: University of Kent

Qualification: BSc Applied Bioscience

Delivery model: online learning

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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