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QC Laboratory Apprentice

Location Cork, Ireland

BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

QC Technician/Analyst Apprenticeship Program


BioMarin is a high-performing, team-based organization, where colleagues are flexible, multi-skilled and empowered to make decisions.

A high level of initiative, energy and motivation are key role requirements, as well as excellent organizational skills.

The QC Apprentice will serve as an integral member of the QC team in a Biologics analytical laboratory.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a high standard of work, adhere to schedules and be a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will also have good self-awareness, act decisively and be a complete team player.

If successful, the candidate must attend the academic portion of the apprenticeship throughout the 2 year (QC Technician) - 3 year (QC Analyst) apprenticeship program. During the term, the apprentice would work 3 days per week in our high-tech Laboratory, learning on-the-job, while spending 2 contact days per week with the education partner institution during the academic year.

Reporting to the QC Manager, the primary role of the QC Technician is to provide support to internal and external customers by providing quality testing and delivering results in accordance with GMP standards. Ensuring our products are safe for patient use and fit for purpose.

The team is divided into 3 sub-teams; QC Analytical, QC Microbiology and QC In-Process. The role could potentially lie within any of these sub-teams depending on experience and business requirement.


For entry into year 1 of the Level 6/7 Programme applicants must have the following:

  • Pass (Grade O6 or better) in five leaving certificate subjects one of which must be math’s and one science related subject
  • 250 CAO points


  • Successful Level 6 Laboratory Technician Apprentices
  • Candidates with a Level 6 in a related discipline
  • Current employee with relevant experience and qualifications
  • Mature student

Before enrolment on the apprenticeship programme the apprentice will attend an industry interview and will be approved and registered by SOLAS – these elements will be facilitated by BioMarin and SOLAS Project Manager.


Responsible for the management and delivery of samples from production to QC.

Responsible for carrying out environmental monitoring and water sampling activities.

Assisting laboratory analytical personnel, supporting housekeeping activities and consumable stock management.

Participating in all training and completion of training records required by the supervisor/management.

Ensuring at all times that QC documentation and laboratory records are up to date and of an appropriate standard.

Assisting in laboratory investigations as appropriate.

Identifying any opportunities for improvement within the QC and associated environments.

Evaluate results against defined acceptance criteria.

Maintain the laboratory in an inspection-ready state.


Reports to Quality Control Manager/Team Leader. Interacts with several departments, including but not limited to Quality Assurance, Maintenance and Manufacturing Sciences.

Note: This description is not intended to be all-inclusive or a limitation of the duties of the position.  It is intended to describe the general nature of the job that may include other duties as assumed or assigned.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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