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Technician Scientist Degree Apprentice - Lonza

Cogent Ssc
Chesterford Park, Little Chesterford, SAFFRON WALDEN, CB10 1XL
Competitive salary
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
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Lonza are looking to recruit a Technician Scientist Apprentice to provide technical support to vectorology functions within R&D. Lonza is one of the world's leading and most-trusted suppliers to the Pharma & Biotech and Speciality ingredient markets.

The position is a laboratory based position and will be to provide scientific and technical support to vectorology and cell culture within the research and development environment as part of a cell line construction group based at Cambridge. The team are responsible for generating novel vectors to expand the production capabilities of Lonza and determining the performance in a variety of mammalian cell culture contexts. The successful candidate will work closely with the team to carry out vector construction activities, learning how to use in silico tools, generation and preparation of DNA elements and modern sequencing techniques. In line with Lonza's procedures, a training plan will be put in place and implemented when the candidate on joining Lonza.The expectation is that the person will be able to be effective in supporting vector construction and cell culture activities within 4 months of arriving at Lonza. The successful candidate will join a fast-paced, results-orientated environment, with a high expectation that the candidate will deliver work right first time to high quality. Teamwork and collaboration is imperative with the R&D teams based at both Cambridge and Slough.

A high-quality of work will be expected, with an emphasis on accurate recording of data and procedures. In the R&D group, projects are managed within a matrix structure that requires flexibility and agility in working to tight timelines.

Responsibilities include:
  • Large scale production of vectors to support the vectorology team.
  • Generation of novel genetic fragments for cloning.
  • Maintenance of cell cultures and performing routine cell culture activities and media preparation.
  • Contributing to data analysis, writing study plans, presentations and reports.
  • Maintaining electronic laboratory datafiles.
  • Supporting the team with preparation for experiments.
  • Laboratory support activities for maintaining equipment and the running of the laboratory.


At Lonza, we deliver technologies to enable a healthier world. We are a preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech, nutrition and specialty ingredients markets. Our solutions improve life quality by preventing illness, enabling healthier lifestyles and supporting a safe environment.

We work to prevent illness and promote a healthier world by enabling 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. We also offer a broad range of microbial control solutions, which help to create and maintain a healthy environment.

The Lonza Slough site combines several functions from within the Lonza Pharma and Biotech sector. These include the cell line and process development for customers, and R&D efforts to generate next-generation manufacturing platforms. Across the site state-of-the art equipment and processes are used to deliver high quality products and to accelerate R&D workflows.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Basic understanding of laboratory practice/methods
  • Good communications skills
  • Team working
  • Good level of Maths

Personal qualities

  • Must be able to demonstrate a responsible and mature attitude to your study and work-based activities.
  • Responsible
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptable and flexible

Desired qualifications

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.

Future prospects

Future employment with the company

Direct Mentoring

Apprentices may be eligible for annual wage increments, subject to company budgets and satisfactory completion of goals
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