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Level 3 Advanced Apprentice Laboratory Technician


Job description

Myconeos Ltd is a Nottingham University start-up company focused on developing new strains of the fungus Penicillium roqueforti with novel characteristics for blue cheese production. They are seeking an enthusiastic, adaptable and hardworking candidate who is keen to pursue a career in a food laboratory environment.

The role is designed to work with and assist the laboratory manager in the day to day running of the laboratory both in terms of manufacture and research. The right candidate will develop into this role alongside completing the Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Programme, which is designed to train and develop apprentices in the workplace to industry standard.

The successful candidate will be expected to help the laboratory manager with tasks around the laboratory. This will involve working with Penicillium roqueforti fungal strains used in the food industry as an ingredient. In addition to this, the successful candidate will assist in research using this fungal species. The role operates in a food safe laboratory.

You will also be required to interact with the laboratory manager and colleagues, internal departments such as manufacturing, procurement and quality, internal customers such as external suppliers and customers such as service engineers, delivery drivers, regulatory bodies and inspection teams.

You will eventually be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of you own work. In any context working safely and ethically is paramount as Myconeos operates under highly regulated conditions. An apprentice therefore must follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to their work.

Duties involved with the role:

  • Work safely in a laboratory, maintaining excellent cleanliness and housekeeping whilst following appropriate safety, environment and risk management systems
  • Prepare for laboratory tasks using the appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods
  • Perform laboratory tasks following specified methodologies, such as Standard Operating Procedures
  • Use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required
  • Produce reliable, accurate data and keep accurate records of laboratory work undertaken and results
  • Communicate scientific information appropriately, including the use of Laboratory Information Management systems

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 07/12/2020

Possible start date: 08/12/2020

Skills required

  • Maintain excellent housekeeping, in accordance with organisation Standard Procedures
  • Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instruments and equipment
  • Complete documentation proficiently
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their responsibility for health and safety in the workplace
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the application of 3rd party and company regulations where required

Ideally experience of:

  • Ordering and control stocks of materials where required
  • Equipment management including maintenance e.g. cleaning, calibration, recognising equipment faults and when to escalate

Qualifications required

A*-C/9-4 GCSE in maths, English and Science. Or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English plus a Science qualification at Level 2 or higher.

Please note that if you already hold the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science or similar then for the rest of this academic year only, you will not be able to be shortlisted. The reason is that you would need to study the Level 4 HNC in Chemistry as part of this apprenticeship but the group has already started for this academic year and it is too late to join. You would be able to apply for any Level 3 Lab Technician apprenticeships where the employment start date is the summer 2021 until September 2021.

Candidate requirements

Please note that anyone under the age of 18 will only work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Any role which exceeds these hours on advert will be amended accordingly to fall in line with the legislation.

Please note that if the successful applicant is found prior to the closing date the vacancy maybe withdrawn early.

This apprenticeship is work based learning therefore most of the time you will be working at the employers address. You will need to attend college in Nottingham for enrolment and once a week for day release which is due to commence in February 2021.

Training provided

Laboratory Technician Standard Level 3 - more information in the link below to what skills and behaviours you will develop.

Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English if required.

Please note that the apprenticeship standards require the apprentice to sit an End Point Assessment. Please refer to above link for more information.

Future progression

Possible permanent position on the completion of the apprenticeship.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

First question
Please state what skills and/or personal qualities you feel you have that make you a good candidate for this position!

Second question
Please state whether or not you drive or will be taking public transport. Please be aware that the location is city centre and it is very expensive to park all day, although there are various park & ride bus/tram locations near the city centre.

Employer information

Established in 2018, Myconeos Ltd is a Nottingham University start-up company focused on developing new strains of the fungus Penicillium roqueforti with novel characteristics for blue cheese production. Through substantial investigative research, it was discovered that Penicillium roqueforti could be cross bred through natural sexual reproduction, creating genetic variation and subsequent new mould strains within the population. Through a collaboration with commercial cheesemakers, four of the initial strains were highlighted as producing blue cheeses with unique, highly appealing organoleptic characteristics. Analysis of the mould strains also identified varying levels of proteolytic and lipolytic activity, allowing blue cheesemakers the opportunity to potentially increase or decrease cheese maturation length to suit production. Myconeos are currently in the process of patenting the four initial mould strains.

Address details:

Biocity Nottingham
Pennyfoot Street

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Reference number VAC001662887
Working week Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

(37.5 hours per week)

Expected duration 27 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Laboratory and Science Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £241.80 (Weekly)

Wage explained

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