Research Scientist

Research Scientist

On a research scientist apprenticeship course, you’ll help plan, lead and conduct scientific experiments and analyse the results.

A research scientist plans, directs and conducts experiments and analyses the results, with a particular end goal in mind, such as developing new products, techniques, or commercial applications, or to broaden scientific understanding.

You will provide scientific and technical leadership in this position while also delivering a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent. You may expect to take the lead on critical projects such as project design and execution, sharing outcomes, and making strategic recommendations. 

You’ll be able to effectively collaborate with both industry and academia, working in multidisciplinary teams to apply research results and develop new techniques, products, or practices. In partnership with others, you will be in charge of developing ethical, innovative research procedures and programmes.

What you’ll learn

On a research scientist apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Determine issues like intellectual property and commercial requirements in the business context. Recognise the scientific objectives of the work being done and its relevance to the organisation.
  • Write extensive reports and analyse others’ work on a range of paperwork, such as processes, authorisation forms, and scientific investigations. Deliver oral presentations and answer questions on their work and/or their team’s work. 
  • Use interpersonal skills, communication, and assertiveness to persuade, encourage, and influence people. Discuss work with colleagues, customers, and others constructively and honestly; respond graciously to and recognise the value of alternative ideas and assumptions.
  • Create effective project plans that address the scope, timetable, budget, and risk management. Organise finances, resources, projects, and people. 
  • Use existing sources, such as literature and databases, to formalise study themes and techniques. 
  • Use a range of coaching and mentoring tactics with colleagues’ peers and team members, using the most appropriate approach for the situation and the person being coached/mentored.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods: 

  •  Project report, presentation and questioning.
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.

Duration and level

  • Duration: 30 months
  • Level: 7 – Degree Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 7 Research Scientist Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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