Typical job roles

Laboratory scientists will have a comprehensive scientific understanding and apply specialist knowledge to carry out a wide range of technical and scientific laboratory activities, within a specialist field, such as Life Sciences, Chemical Science, Analytical and Research and Development. Laboratory Scientists will analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific knowledge, concepts, ideas and results to develop and implement further experimentation and/or investigation to devise solutions to problems.

This role is vital to the safe and effective delivery of product development and implementation in the process industry.


Typical Tasks

  • Working autonomously to perform practical, established and novel laboratory procedures using standard and specialist laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Ensuring uniformity, consistency, reliability, reproducibility, quality, and integrity of scientific tests carried out, underpins the work and the working environment.
  • Supporting evaluation of scientific investigations with numerical and statistical analysis.
  • Utilising scientific approaches in problem solving, whilst consistently working both safely and ethically.

Entry criteria

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, Maths and Science subject
  • A relevant level 3 qualification or A levels in math’s and sciences for entry to a Degree Apprenticeship

Typical duration

48-60 months


Career/progression opportunities

Typical job roles may include, but are not limited to; Analytical Chemist, Research & Development Scientist, Molecular Biologist, Formulation Scientist, Medicinal Chemist, Process Scientist.


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