UCC-Janssen Strategic Science & Technical Operations Work Placement and Education Awards

The College of Science Engineering and Food Science is delighted to introduce the UCC Janssen Strategic Science & Technical Operations Work Placement and Education Awards for third year students studying Biochemistry or Microbiology. This award will offer one student the opportunity of a paid summer placement in Janssen, Cork and another student a bursary of €3,000. These awards are offered in conjunction with Janssen (companies of Johnson and Johnson), Cork, Ireland.

Company Background

As part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, our Purpose is ‘We blend heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.’ We are guided by the values in Our Credo. With responsibility to patients, employees, communities, and stakeholders, Our Credo puts the needs of each of those first.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
For more than 130 years, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) have been part of our cultural fabric at Johnson & Johnson and woven into how we do business every day. Our commitment to respect the dignity and diversity of all is embedded in our Credo. We know that the success of our business depends on having the best talent in a workforce that reflects the diverse markets we serve around the world and an inclusive culture that values different perspectives and life experiences. That is why we in Ireland are working to create an inclusive environment where diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are valued and each one of our people feels that they belong and can reach their potential. No matter who they are. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson means “You Belong”.
Janssen Sciences Ireland:
Janssen Sciences Ireland UC established its operation in Ringaskiddy in 2005 on a 100-acre site with an investment of €500 million. For more than 25 years we have been a global leader in the field of biomedicines, pioneering monoclonal antibody technology, a cutting-edge approach to producing medicines that launched a new generation of products to treat immune related diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis. In 2017, we announced the investment of more than €300 million in the expansion of our manufacturing plant with the creation of more than 200 new jobs, and we are in the midst of continued expansion. Culturally, we are putting the needs of Our Credo stakeholders first through pursuing the highest standards of quality, compliance, and ethics, ensuring everyday actions contribute to Our Purpose. In 2016, we were the first biopharmaceutical manufacturing company in Ireland to receive the Business Working Responsibly Mark.   

Strategically, as a global centre of excellence for clinical trial drug substance, drug product release, and stability management, in 2020 our adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Lighthouse’, the first biopharmaceutical in Ireland to be included in the world’s 54 most advanced facilities. We are also building capabilities needed for the workforce of the future: digital, change leadership, and critical thinking & problem solving. From a People perspective, we invest in our people, and take great pride in providing a positive work environment which respects diversity, supports wellbeing, and embraces innovation. This is empowered through our Talent Council in which both managers and individual contributors drive employee development and university engagement, and employee resource groups (ERGs) focused on further balances of gender, nationality, capability and more, including the additional attracting of qualified diverse candidates for our open roles.

UCC-Janssen Strategic Science & Technical Operations Work Placement Award

This award will offer one student the opportunity of a paid summer placement in Janssen, Cork.

Student Role: Student Placement in the Biologics Clinical Planning & Operations (BCPO)Team

Location: Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland

Reports to: Senior MAKE Supply Integrator

The (BCPO) team form part of the Strategic Sciences and Technical Operations (SS&TO) organisation within Janssen R&D. It is a global team who manage the sourcing, scheduling, manufacturing execution and delivery of a clinical portfolio at the early development stage, utilising a network of internal sites and CMO’s. The Cork-based team manage the Drug Substance (DS) material that is manufactured in the Ringaskiddy and Leiden (in the Netherlands) clinical suites, and at various CMO’s located globally.

Description of the Role:

We have an exciting opportunity for a student to join our BCPO Team in Cork. The candidate will support ongoing SSTO activities/projects for the duration of the placement. Opportunities may be afforded to support Process improvement projects which are often directly linked to the group priorities. This may involve forming part of a project team and being responsible for tasks assigned to them by the project leader.

Focus and Scope:

  • Partner with BCPO/SS&TO and JSI Colleagues to ensure on-time end to end supply chain delivery.
  • Partner with the local and global planning organization in the planning of production schedules and capacity of the network.
  • Participate in cross functional meetings and projects as required.

Critical Experiences Required:

  • Microbiology or Biochemistry taken at an undergraduate level
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, strong collaboration skills and flexibility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to adapt to rapid changes in project priorities and requirements.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or work under own initiative as required.

Critical Competencies:

  • Collaboration and Teaming
  • Integrity and Credo Based Actions
  • Results and Performance Driven

What you will Gain:

  • The opportunity to work cross functionally with a broad range of disciplines and departments across the BCPO and SSTO networks.
  • Broad understanding of how the supply chain forms an integral part of the business.
  • Ability to work in a highly driven and motivated team environment of professionals with diverse skills and competencies spanning business and technical areas.
  • Gain insight and understanding into the manufacturing processes within JSI.

UCC-Janssen Strategic Science & Technical Operations Work Education Award

This award will offer one student a bursary of €3,000.

Eligibility for Both Awards

Applications are open to third year students in Biochemistry or Microbiology.

How to Apply

Forward completed application form for the attention of Johnson & Johnson Scholarships Committee to sefs-support@ucc.ie

Closing Date for Applications

No later than 21st January 2022.


All queries in relation to this policy and its provision can be made to Ms. Kate O'Brien.

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

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