Clinical Trial Assistant Student Placement 2022

by Johnson & Johnson

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Job Details

28th November 2022
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Medical/Health, Pharmaceutical, Science/Research
South East
High Wycombe

Clinical Trial Assistant Student Placement 2022

This is a one-year industrial placement, for a Clinical Trial Assistant in Clinical Operations, with opportunities for candidates in both UK and Global Clinical Operations teams at Janssen. Experience is not required for this role, however a good understanding of life sciences and a desire to be directly involved in the development of new medicines is essential.

Who is Janssen? Janssen is a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson. We are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology (haematology and solid cancers), immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular (pulmonary hypertension and ophthalmology).

Our mission is to transform individual lives and fundamentally change the way diseases are managed, interpreted, and prevented. We believe that challenging something is the best way to change it. So every day, in more than 150 countries, we bring cutting-edge science and the most creative minds in the industry together to think differently about diseases. We aim not only to innovate but also to empower people with the tools they need to make informed decisions and achieve the best possible results for their health. Please visit for more information.

Position summary:

You will join our Pharmaceutical business in the role of a Clinical Trial Assistant and will be given a high level of exposure to many aspects of the Clinical Trials division. This is an office-based role and is an exciting and unique opportunity to be at the forefront of drug development in one of Europe’s fastest growing top ten pharmaceutical businesses.

We have positions available across two teams:

  • UK Clinical Operations
  • Global Portfolio Delivery Operations

UK Clinical Operations

Working within a study team, you will provide clinical trial operational support for clinical trials being conducted in the UK, across many different disease areas. These tasks are associated with trial start-up, execution and close out, mainly in phases Ib-IIIb of clinical trial development. Activities are assigned by the Clinical Operations Clinical Research Managers, Local Trial Managers and Clinical Research Associates (Site Managers). Throughout the course of the placement, we seek to provide extensive experience in multiple disease areas and across different aspects of conducting a clinical trial.

Global Portfolio Delivery Operations

The focus of this position is to support operational aspects of the global international team designing, planning, managing, analysing and reporting the results of clinical trials. Scope of work will include tasks associated with trial start-up, execution or close out, in all clinical phases of drug/vaccine development. The range of tasks will include activities assigned by the Global Program Leader, Global Trial Leader, Clinical Trial Manager, and/or Global Clinical Trial Administrators. It may vary to some degree depending on the therapeutic area and trial-specific requirements. There will be the opportunity to conduct your own project.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Duties include:

  • Contribute to study management team meetings (face-to-face or virtual).
  • Set up and / or manage trial-specific electronic systems (e.g. Clinical Trial Management System, data reporting tools etc) with expectations that study / data status information is available at all times
  • Ensure current versions of the required trial documents, trial-related materials and supplies are distributed within required timeframes.
  • Assist wider team with any activities which support trial management across the various phases of a trial (eg patient sample management)
  • Collect, file and archive study documents.
  • Work cross-functionally with internal teams and external vendors
  • Collaborate with the student cohort on fundraising and charity events.
  • Support the onboarding activities of placement student successors.
  • Become familiar with the regulatory and ethical frameworks, including the principles of International Committee of Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP).


Requirements of the roles:

  • Successful completion of the first two years of a degree course by Summer 2022
  • A degree in Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences).
  • Good Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) skills

Key skills and competencies:

  • Passionate and enthusiastic for working in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Motivated to develop and learn.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral forms.
  • Analytical, with good problem-solving skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable team player, who actively contributes to the team.
  • Actively seeks feedback, appreciates and uses to learn.
  • Bounces back quickly from mistakes; learns and moves on quickly.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Seeks opportunities to learn and grow professionally.
  • Takes initiative, can prioritise and manage own workload autonomously.
  • Proficient digital literacy, good interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate and balance multiple priorities.

Please note that we plan to close for first round of applications on 28th November, but could close earlier if we receive too many applications

About Johnson & Johnson

Across our three business segments pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer health products-we’re redefining what it means to be a big company in the world today.

Future generations depend on us for these efforts, and YOU have the potential to help shape that future right now. When you launch your career with Johnson & Johnson, we'll make sure you realise that potential.

How to apply

To apply for this programme and to find out more, please click on the apply button below. You will be required to submit a cover letter as part of your application.

Please note that applications may close before the application deadline, so apply early to avoid disappointment.