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Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprentice

Start date: 3rd September 2018 Salary: £14,304.00 (increases subject to progress) Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University is recruiting an apprentice to their training scheme to start in September 2018. The scheme offers: - Full advanced apprenticeship NVQ Level 3 training in conjunction with Cambridge Regional College, including vocational and technical certificate courses; - A very broad range of experience in a variety of workshops and research groups; - A supportive working environment and mentoring scheme; - Involvement with world-leading research activity.

Applicants should have five GCSEs or equivalent at grades A-C, including Mathematics, Science and English, or expect to gain this level of qualification this summer. We are looking for an individual who has a real interest in science and technology, especially plant science, an enthusiasm to learn on the job and the ability to demonstrate an aptitude for practical problem solving. Good IT and communication skills would also be an asset.

The role holder will undertake training and provide, increasingly over the period of the apprenticeship, support for The Sainsbury Laboratory research laboratory and horticulture teams, as appropriate. The main functions of this role are: - Supply high quality media, consumables and glassware to the research areas, maintaining good stock levels and ensuring sterility. - Handle waste adhering to local biosafety rules and GM legislation. - Routine monitoring/calibration of and recording data from plant growth areas and instruments such as pH meters. - Other routine tasks as required by the Senior Technical Officer and Horticulture Facility Manager.

As the apprenticeship progresses, the role holder is expected to work with increasing independence and to undertake simple work, or to diagnose and solve straightforward problems (e.g. a leak on an instrument) with minimal guidance plus potentially contribute to some of the Department's key support services available to both internal people, members of other Department's within the University and industry collaborators.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory and details of what the University offers to employees can be found at:

Informal enquiries apart from the formal application should be directed to Dr Sally Ward at

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

To submit an application for this vacancy: click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages. This will take you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already done so) and log in before completing the online application form. Please upload the following documents: curriculum vitae; brief statement (no more than one side of A4) about how your experience fits the profile for this role.

Please quote reference PT15867 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Key Information

Sainsbury Laboratory

Reference: PT15867

Dates and deadlines:

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Closing Date
Sunday, 15 July, 2018