Vacancy Information

Programme: Technician Scientist, Level 5

Training Provider: University of Kent

Expected duration: 3 years

Closing date for applications: 22 January 2022

Potential start date: 28 March 2022

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The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult was established as an independent centre of excellence to advance the growth of the UK cell and gene therapy industry, by bridging the gap between scientific research and full-scale commercialisation.

With more than 350 employees focusing on cell and gene therapy technologies, it works with partners in academia and industry to ensure these life-changing therapies can be developed for use in health services throughout the world. It offers leading-edge capability, technology and innovation to enable companies to take products into clinical trials and provide clinical, process development, manufacturing, regulatory, health economics and market access expertise. Its aim is to make the UK the most compelling and logical choice for UK and international partners to develop and commercialise these advanced therapies.

The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult works with Innovate UK. For more information please visit or visit

The purpose of the role is to be an apprentice Quality Assurance Technician at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Braintree facility.

As a member of the QA team, the successful candidate will work across a range of Quality Assurance focused projects providing support for process, analytical and functional teams. This position will provide access and training on the latest legislation and guidelines within the sector.

The successful candidate will be involved in a wide range of quality assurance activities – spending allocated time within all QA functions over the space of the apprenticeship.


Key Accountabilities

Quality Systems and Compliance – working within the quality systems and compliance team on Vendor onboarding, Quality Management System (QMS) administration and oversight and GMP Training. Develop understanding of the principles of quality assurance and management systems and controls.

Validation – support the validation department with project validation activities, generation and review of validation control documents.

Batch Release and NPI – liaison with operational teams to ensure batch related activities are completed compliantly, working with batch control systems and documents, developing a risk based approach. Close relationship with Quality Control teams to support operational compliance.

Experience / Competencies

Good oral communication skills including project team updates through PowerPoint presentations to the senior group.

Good written communication skills including report writing, data presentation and document writing.

Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records.

Excellent organisational and time management skills.

A good team player but also be able to work independently.

Strong interest in Cell and gene therapies/Quality Assurance.

Education / Qualifications

Two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications including Chemistry or Biology.

GCSE in English and Maths or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants without these qualifications will be looked at on a case-by-case basis, and any evidence of previous study and work-placed experience will be considered.

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