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Undergraduate QC Microbiology 12 Month Placement – Lonza

Main Description

This role will provide the undergraduate with a well-rounded view of Lonza’s key areas in Quality Control, covering techniques in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Raw Materials.

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]


The undergraduate will gain experience in a range of areas, such as:

  • Performing microbiological testing in support of drug substance release and stability
  • Supporting in-process testing and environmental monitoring to ensure accurate forward processing decisions are made during drug substance manufacturing
  • Analysis of data to confirm that products meet the required quality and safety standards for clinical or commercial use
  • Actively communicating and collaborating with functional areas to develop a strong working relationship and understanding of roles and responsibilities.
  • Supporting investigations where monitoring data is not as expected.

Competencies and behaviours

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


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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