ATA Laboratory Scientist (Life Science) - UCB


We are no longer receiving applications for this opportunity, but there are plenty more open so please continue searching.

  • Apprenticeships
  • Degree Apprenticeships
  • Science
  • Technology

  • Weekly wage - £240.00

  • Working week - Five days – 37.5 hours per week. Monday – Friday 0900 – 1730 with 1 hour unpaid lunch break. Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration - 30 months


We are currently looking for highly motivated young scientists to join the Discovery Biology department at UCB’s UK Discovery Research Hub in Slough.Working in the Antibody Discovery and Engineering group, you will be responsible for laboratory-based tasks supporting therapeutic projects and technology development. Using a range of cutting edge scientific technologies, you will help to enable the laboratory to function effectively whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines. You will receive training in all techniques, and will have your own mentor to provide help and advice during your time at UCB.This represents a great opportunity to work in industry-leading laboratories at the cutting edge of drug discovery.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

You will be responsible for laboratory-based tasks, which include sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysing results. Techniques will include advanced molecular biology and DNA manipulation, microbial and mammalian cell culture, protein expression and characterisation.

Tasks typically involve:

  • performing experiments in order to produce data to support scientific investigations;
  • carrying out tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to carry out analyses;
  • recording all laboratory work to the agreed standards.
  • ensuring the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced;
  • helping interpret and present results in collaboration with other colleagues
  • keeping up to date with technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability;
  • following and ensuring strict safety procedures and safety checks.

About UCB

The UK premises of UCB are located in Slough, Berkshire. The site at Slough houses the immunology research hub and the head office for the UK commercial organisation. Antibody research and early antibody development functions are also located in Slough alongside some manufacturing and corporate functions.

There are three buildings on the Slough site, housing around 600 staff.

UCB was founded in 1928 and was originally a chemicals manufacturer with a separate pharmaceuticals division. By the 1950s the focus of UCB had shifted to prescription medicines.

In 2004, UCB acquired Celltech, the UK’s leading biotechnology company, which brought expertise in antibody-based drug discovery to the company. Schwarz Pharma was acquired in 2007, bringing its own portfolio of neurology and urology products.

In 2009, a new biologics R&D centre was opened at the Slough campus. The research hub in Belgium concentrates on CNS therapies while the UK research focus is on immunology. Here, UCB is researching drugs for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and osteoporosis. The site is renowned for its capabilities in antibody-based drug discovery and early development.

UCB now focuses on severe diseases within immunology and CNS.

UCB is active in a number of therapy areas including epilepsy, movement disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and allergy. UCB’s medicines are making a real difference to the lives of people all over the world and some of our products are among the leaders in their fields.

UCB is a top five investor in UK pharmaceutical R&D*, investing over £230 million in 2010

Globally UCB invests more than 20% of its sales revenue into R&D

In the UK, UCB's R&D, Commercial and Corporate functions are located in Slough, Berkshire

UCB employs around 600 staff in the UK, of whom about 400 are engaged in research and development activities

The company supplies over 40 UK-approved medicines.


Desired skills

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good numerical and IT skills
  • Excellent team player - ability to get along with colleagues and work as part of a team
  • Drive, enthusiasm and ambition with a can-do approach
  • Flexible attitude to work - ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements
  • High degree of integrity and trust
  • Ability to multitask
  • Problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate a progressive attitude towards developing their knowledge and skills.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate a progressive attitude towards developing their knowledge and skills.
  • High attention to detail.

Personal qualities

Whilst qualifications are important as the ideal candidate you will also be motivated and enthusiastic with a keen focus on customer service and a passion for science. We are looking for people who have a genuine desire and motivation to drive their own development, and who are driven by a desire to make a difference to the lives of patients suffering with severe disease.

Teamwork is key to success at UCB therefore the individual must be able to work in a team. The individual should be self-motivating with a desire to learn and push the boundaries of the role.  The individual must resolve conflicting demands and deal effectively with people from other functions and external companies (both contractors and customers). Therefore, excellent interpersonal and self-management skills are needed.

Qualifications required

Five GCSE’s at grade C and above including Mathematics and English (or equivalent).

Will possess A levels (or equivalent), ideally Biology but if not you must have Chemistry equivalent to 80 new UCAS points.

Application closed

Cookies: By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more details see our cookie policy.