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Microbiology IP student

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Microbiology Industrial Placement 

Location: Blackpool 

Sector: Medical Devices (DePuy CMW business) 
Working at Johnson & Johnson can change everything. Including YOU.  

By joining a company that has been carving out the future of healthcare for more than 130 years, you will be offered a career as limitless as the lives it touches. It’s as simple as that. Start building a career with purpose at J&J and make the next generation the healthiest yet. 

We at the DePuy Synthes companies are inspired by the opportunity to help people return to living active and fulfilling lives. We deliver a broad array of orthopaedic and neurological solutions – inspired solutions that go beyond quality implants and include services, education, instruments and emerging technologies. Here at Blackpool we focus on Bone cement and bone cement accessories that are used to assist in orthopaedic surgery.

Position summary: 

Our microbiology teams make a big impact by looking at things in minute detail, making sure our products and processes live up to the high standards our customers expect. Every day they need to make sure thousands of our health care products are sterilised before they can be manufactured or used by professionals on the frontline. And when it comes to precision, accuracy and the sterilisation of our tools, processes and products - there can be no compromise. In microbiology, you will carry out and interpret microbiological experiments to support our ongoing operations, process improvements and Stand alone microbiological studies to help advance the future of healthcare. You could find yourself supporting the manufacture of bone cement for hip and knee replacements. Or you could improve the lives of our customers by sampling, testing and ensuring the quality of everything from raw materials to our final products. 

Be prepared to have real responsibility from the offset as you conduct frontline testing that directly impacts patients! Moreover, you will become a valued member of the lab team working in a fast-paced environment. 

Main duties and responsibilities: 

  • Ensure that microbiological testing is performed in a timely manner 
  • Day to day performance 
  • Bioburden testing  
  • Sterility testing 
  • Antibiotic potency testing 
  • Environmental monitoring 
  • Enumeration and identification of contaminants 
  • Management of consumables and materials used in testing 
  • Autoclaving of items for the laboratory and production 
  • Execution of the laboratory cleaning program 


  • GMP documentation and Quality Systems 
  • Completion of Microbiology records ensuring compliance to GMP, consistency and traceability 
  • Data entry, trending and trend report writing 
  • To follow the company’s local, HS&E and Quality procedures 
  • Validation 
  • Participate in the validation of test methods, equipment and processes owned by Microbiology 
  • Involvement in Process Simulations and other special processes 
  • External communications 
  • Liaise with sterilisation contactors and approved manufactures to ensure product data is retrieved and available in a timely manner. 
  • Ensure purchase orders are raised in a timely manner to limit stock outs 


Requirements of the role: 

  • 2 years of degree level study completed 
  • A minimum of 2:1 achieved in first year of study 
  • Microbiological or Biological Science degree preferable 
  • Minimum of A level or equivalent in Science or Mathematics discipline 

Key skills and competencies: 

  • Good numerical skills and computer literacy 
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience in a laboratory setting (Practical laboratory experience gained through a degree is acceptable) 
  • Working with Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office) 
  • Good numerical skills and computer literacy 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Conscientiously meet deadlines 
  • Ability to cope under pressure and to react to changing requirements 
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to achieve results 

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