Laboratory Technician Degree Apprentice

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the world-leading Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute as a Laboratory Technician. As an apprentice you'll study for a Laboratory Scientist degree alongside gaining valuable work experience, learning on the job with no tuition fees to pay.

What you will do in your working day

In your first year you will work as part of the Scientific Facilities team who provide researchers with support, services, and equipment. You'll rotate through our core facilities to learn different skills and techniques: Laboratory Management, Advanced Microscopy, Histology and Next Generation Sequencing. You will then progress to working as a laboratory technician in a research group, carrying out experimental work and contributing to biomedical research projects. You will first join the Storer lab who investigate how stem cells regenerate mammalian digit tips.

Your daily responsibilities will be to:

  • Contribute to the daily operational tasks of a busy and collaborative research institute.
  • Work safely in a laboratory environment and follow Standard Operating Procedures to perform laboratory tasks and use/maintain scientific instrumentation.
  • Produce reliable data and keep accurate records of your laboratory work and results.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and use appropriate methods to resolve problems.
  • Communicate information appropriately to others in your team and the wider Institute.

The training you will be given:

  • You will receive on-the-job training from experienced technical and research staff, gaining experience in a broad range of laboratory skills.
  • You'll join a supportive team and have regular meetings with your line manager.
  • 20% of your working hours will be dedicated to 'off-the-job' learning. You will attend Anglia Ruskin University for lectures and workshops one day each week during term time.
  • You will achieve a BSc (Hons) Laboratory Scientist Degree upon successful completion of your Apprenticeship.

Skills and personal qualities

You will have a strong interest in biological science and be motivated to learn new skills. The ability to communicate well with others and work as part of a team is essential. You must be organised and responsible, with good attention to detail. You will have some experience of basic computer programmes such as word processing, spreadsheets and email.


You must be educated to A Level or equivalent in 3 subjects including Biology with a minimum of 112 UCAS points. GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above are essential.

This Apprenticeship is for a fixed term of 4 years and 6 months, and will start on 2nd September 2024. The role is full-time for 36.5 hours per week (Monday - Friday).

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr Stephanie Hall; Email:

The closing date for applications is Sunday 17 March 2024, with interviews TBC soon after.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference PS40367 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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