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Undergraduate QC Method Validation 12 Month Placement – Lonza

Main Description

Method Validation is one of the key groups within Quality Control, responsible for the validation of all analytical methods used within Lonza, Slough.

MV studies are evaluation of the analytical methods, performed within Lonza, to assess if the methods are fit for purpose. The method validation studies confirm that a method is suitable to be used to release products to the clinic for use in clinical trials. Level 2 validations support the use of the method for a product that has been granted a commercial licence by the Regulatory authorities.

Degree Course requirement

Currently studying a degree in;

  • Biology/Biological Science
  • Biochemistry/Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

or similar degree subject

Please note, this position is only open to Undergraduates looking for a placement year to form part of their studies. If you will have graduated in Summer 2023 you are not eligible for this role.

Salary Competitive
Location Slough
Holiday Entitlement 25 days plus 8 bank holidays
Working Hours Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm with a one hour lunch break
Duration 12 months
Closing date 4th January 2023
Assessment Centre date Early February 2023
Start Date 3rd July 2023
To apply
  1. Please click the apply button to the right
  2. Upload your CV & Cover letter in Word,
  3. Please do not submit pdf documents
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 CV and Cover Letter to decide who is brought through to the final Assessment Centre.
If you have any issues in applying, please contact us on [email protected]


As a 12 month placement student you will be contributing to scientific projects by generating and documenting data from experimental work. You will take part in MDV analytical studies performing a range of GMP assays such as: GPC-HPLC, Protein Concentration by A280 and icIEF. Understand and comply with company, regulatory and statutory requirements.

Data analysis, buffer preparation, equipment maintenance and laboratory maintenance will also be a part of your day to day responsibilities.

You are expected to attend weekly team meetings, monthly 1-2-1 sessions and contribute to departmental practices and process improvements.

A definite list of analytical methods and duties will be discussed and identified during the induction weeks with the team leader in accordance with the student’s requirements and business needs.

Competencies and behaviours required

Agility – Helps others to learn from experience, challenges the status quo, embraces change

Business acumen – Seeks to understand the corporate strategy and how his/her business area contributes to the company’s success

Collaboration – Works as an active member of his/her team, Generously shares information and knowledge with others on team.

Customer focus – Takes action to enhance customer satisfaction within the scope of his/her role

Driving results – Ensures quality standards are maintained while delivering results

Leadership – Takes responsibility for his/her safety and that of others. Contributes to a positive work environment. Acts as a reliable and dependable team member

Timeline and Key Milestones

Quarter 1

Induction week and skills development:

• Meeting the team leader, team members, relevant personnel

• Setting up accounts and email

• Basic training and Laboratory basic training (usage of pipettes, balances and safety)

• Training in analytical core methods

• Ensuring a >95% completion in mandatory training

Personal development

• Competency-based workshops (Business acumen and driving results)

Quarter 2

Skills development

• Analytical core methods training

• Analytical methods applications

• Data analysis and interpretation

Personal development

• Competency-based workshop (Customer focus and collaboration)

• Attend MDV group meetings and team meetings

Quarter 3

Skills development

• Analytical core methods training

• Analytical methods applications

• Data analysis and interpretation

Personal development

• Competency based workshop (Future focus-leadership and agility)

• Attend MDV group meetings and team meetings

Quarter 4

Skills development

• Analytical methods training

• Analytical methods applications

Personal development

• Presentation skills and final presentation MDV team meeting.

• Attend MDV group meetings and team meetings


Lonza is the preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech and nutrition markets. We work to enable a healthier world by supporting our customers to deliver new and innovative medicines that help treat a wide range of diseases. We achieve this by combining technological insight with world-class manufacturing, scientific expertise and process excellence. Our unparalleled breadth of offerings enables our customers to commercialize their discoveries and innovations in the healthcare industry.

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, today, Lonza operates across five continents. With approximately 16,000 employees (full-time equivalent), we comprise high-performing teams and individual talent who make a meaningful difference to our own business, as well as to the communities in which we operate. The company generated sales of CHF 5.4 billion with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 1.7 billion in Full-Year 2021. Find out more at

Follow @Lonza on LinkedIn

Follow @LonzaGroup on Twitter


Please ensure that you are willing and able to live within commutable distance of the company site before applying. This placement is located in Slough. Cogent Skills Placements Service are managing the recruitment for this placement at our client’s request, therefore we ask that applications are made through our website.

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Location: Slough
Vacancy Type: 
Salary: Competitive
Closing Date: 4th January 2023
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