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Laboratory Scientist degree apprenticeship (Purification Development) – Lonza

Main Description

To support Purification Development scientific personnel with the preparation, set-up operation and running of the small-scale chromatography based purification systems. This is a lab based position that requires equipment maintenance, buffer and reagent preparation and sample tracking.

Qualifications requirement 5 GCSE Grade 9-4 including Maths, English and Science
You must have gained a minimum of 80 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-level subjects including Biology (or equivalent, e.g. BTEC) and an additional Science or Maths.
Salary £20400
Holiday Entitlement 25 days plus bank holidays
  • Annual bonus calculated on both personal and company performance
  • Opt in Pension – You can choose to contribute either 3% or 5% of your pensionable salary, and the Company will then contribute either 5% or 8% respectively
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • Medical insurance
  • Health cash plan through Healthshield
  • Flexi time
  • Onsite canteen
  • Casual dress
  • On-site parking
  • Free shuttle bus
Location Slough
Working Hours Monday to Friday 37.5 hours
Duration Permanent position – apprenticeship 4.5 years
Start Date 1st August 2023
Interview Date July 2023
Closing date for applications 2nd July 2023
To apply To apply, fill in your information in the online form below. If you are having difficulty in complete this, please contact recruitment on [email protected] for assistance.
Next Steps Once the position has closed, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a one way video interview, you will have 3 days to complete it.
This will be reviewed by the Hiring Manager along with your application form to decide who is brought through to the final interview.
If you have any issues in applying, please contact us on [email protected]



  • To work positively as part of a dedicated Purification Development  execution team following processes in the execution of daily tasks in operating lab equipment.
  • To complete experimental tasks to a high quality standard as directed by the allocated senior scientist.
  • To perform sample receipt and storage.
  • To prepare of media and buffer solutions via written process documentation prepared in collaboration with internal team members. 
  • To follow that all data is accurately recorded.
  • To support the lab areas through inventory management of consumable and raw materials and ensuring correct standards of cleanliness and maintenance of equipment in lab areas.
  • To set up and operate of small-scale chromatography based purification systems. Execution of standard chromatography experiments.
  • To perform other duties as assigned. 


Lonza is one of the world’s leading and most-trusted suppliers to the Pharma & Biotech and Specialty Ingredient markets. We harness science and technology to create products that make people’s lives healthier and that enhance the overall quality of life and well-being. Our products and services range from active pharmaceutical ingredients and stem-cell therapies to drinking water sanitizers, from industrial preservatives to microbial control solutions that combat dangerous viruses, bacteria and other pathogens, from the manufacture of vitamin B compounds and organic personal care ingredients to agricultural services and products. 

Lonza is the place to come, stay and grow! We invest in great people and encourage our employees to challenge themselves in our environment that fosters creativity and success. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, we operate production, R&D, and business sites around the world, including Europe, North America, and Asia. Our vision: We strive to be the leading supplier using science and technology to improve the quality of life. Our mission: We work with passion, using advanced technologies, to transform life science into new possibilities for our customers.



  • Fluent English
  • A range of simple laboratory skills
  • Applies experience and common sense working to team activities assigned with a good understanding or safety requirements within a laboratory environment.
  • Proficient with standard software
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to work within a functional team. Able to effectively communicate through verbal and written communication across the team
  • Has good attention to detail, self-motivated with a positive attitude and a desire to develop and learn technically.
  • Developing an understanding of how the assigned duties contribute to the work of the team


Apprenticeship standard:L6 Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship Standard

Training provider: University of Kent

Qualification: BSc (Hons) Applied Science Biology

Delivery model: Blended learning – combines remote online learning and 2 face to face block release residential workshops delivered at University of Kent


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business.


The apprentice must be able to demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace. The apprentice must be willing to commit an amount of personal time to study. Please ensure you check out travel options to be able to commute to the workplace.

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Are you an ambitious and dedicated undergraduate interested in the Biotechnology and Pharma Industry? Apply Now!

Lonza is a leading global Pharma and Biotechnology organisation employing more than 17,000 people worldwide. Each year we provide 12-month placement opportunities for driven and high-achieving undergraduates within our Slough site. Industrial Placements are lab-based and available in diverse areas of the company, central to Lonza operations. If you are eager to gain hands-on experience in one of the world’s leading suppliers to the Pharma and Biotech industry, we would love to hear from you.

What Lonza expects from you:

· You will have a strong interest in science and technology, with an eye for detail and a drive to work in a pharmaceutical environment

· Must be an undergraduate completing a course with an integrated year in industry

· Predicted 2.1 Degree or higher in a relevant Scientific or Engineering-based discipline

Please be aware due to the competitive nature of the placement program, technical skill and strong academic records are necessary. However, in order to thrive and succeed in our company, this is just the start. Strong communication skills, extracurricular responsibilities and interpersonal skills are also considered valuable competencies, so be sure to give details of your attributes through the duration of our application process.

Desirable attributes:

Lonza’s success depends on our employee’s application of our six core competencies. The competencies we will be looking for are:

· Business acumen

· Customer focus

· Driving results

· Leadership

· Collaboration

· Agility

What you can expect from Lonza:

· Enjoyable and detailed lab-based training, building on existing skills and the opportunity to learn new techniques

· Support with University project requirements

· Competitive salary and company benefits, such as discounted gym membership and social events

· The opportunity to make a valuable contribution within the organization that supports our overall goal of serving our customers and contributes to patient safety

· Development initiatives designed to build behavioural and technical competence

Application Process and Timelines:

The industrial placement programme is managed by Cogent Skills. You will apply to Cogent Skills and the successful candidates will be employed by Cogent Skills. You will be places and work at Lonza for the duration of your placement.

· Applications made through Cogent skills in December

· Interview invites made in January

· Assessment centre held in February

· Offers made in March

· Successful candidates begin the Industrial Placement Program in July

Applications for 2023 have now closed – applications will open for 2024 in December 2023

Location: Slough
Vacancy Type: 
Salary: £20400
Closing Date: 1st July 2023
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