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Janssen Mechanical Engineering Scholarship

The School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering is delighted to announce the inaugural CIT-Janssen Scholarship.  Application for this scholarship is now open to any student who has applied through the CAO to study the Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering (CR108) at CIT.

This scholarship is offered in conjunction with Janssen, Cork, Ireland.


Who are Janssen?

Janssen Supply Chain Ireland (JSCI) is part of the Johnson and Johnson group of companies that consists of two manufacturing facilities located at Little Island and Ringaskiddy in Cork.

Janssen Pharmaceutical has been manufacturing bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients in Little Island, Cork since 1981. Products are sold throughout the world to other Janssen and third party companies where they are further processed into tablets, creams or injectable dosage forms. These finished products are used in the treatment of a range of psychiatric, gastrointestinal and fungal disorders as well as in the treatment of HIV. Fourteen commercial products are currently manufactured at this site. There is a strong and innovative continuous improvement culture on site enabling the facility to continually meet its requirements.

Janssen Biologics established its operation in Ringaskiddy, Cork in 2005 on a 100 acre site. The facility in Ringaskiddy produces biomedicines for the treatment of immune related diseases and also new and innovative cancer treatments. Three commercial products are currently manufactured on this site, along with a range of other products currently in development and undergoing clinical trials. The site also contains the Process Development group which plays a large part in product technical transfer activities.

As members of the Johnson and Johnson family of companies, Janssen have the support and backing of the world’s most broadly based manufacturer of healthcare products.  At the same time, we enjoy the flexibility and autonomy of a small-company with an entrepreneurial environment.

We thrive on challenge.  We demand the best and we take great pride in the fact that our products enhance the lives of patients all around the world. 

What is the nature of the Scholarship?

  • A funding contribution by Janssen towards your education for each year of your 4 years studying the Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering (CR108) at CIT. For the academic year 2017/2018 the scholarship will be €2,250.
  • Opportunity (although no obligation) for work placement with Janssen
  • No obligation (on either party) post-graduation

What do Mechanical Engineers do in the Pharmaceutical/Biopharmaceutical Industry?

Mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of roles in the Pharmaceutical/Biopharmaceutical industry.  These roles include:

  • Design and construction of processes and process equipment
  • Process control and automation
  • Facilities and utilities design and maintenance
  • Provision of technical support to manufacturing operations
  • Safety engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Energy consumption optimisation (the Janssen Biologics site has its own wind turbine)
  • Project management

What attributes are Janssen and CIT looking for in the scholarship student?

  • A personal determination to apply her/his knowledge and skills in the promotion of human health and well-being.
  • An appreciation of the role of a mechanical engineer in the design, construction and operation of a pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical plant.
  • The potential to be creative and innovative in the design and implementation of solutions to engineering challenges.
  • The interpersonal skills required to contribute to the optimal performance of multi-disciplinary teams and to ultimately lead such teams.
  • The personal qualities of integrity and attention to detail required to ensure the safe provision of life-enhancing and life-saving products to our customers.

On-line application form (Closing date: 21st March 2017)

Selected students invited for Interview (April/May)

Final awarding of scholarship will depend on interview performance and Leaving Cert results. (Scholarship awarded in September 2017)

The interview panel will consider such things as:

  • Academic interests
  • Enthusiasm for the field of Mechanical Engineering and Pharma/Biopharma
  • Involvement and achievements in extracurricular activities
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

Where do you get further information?

Scholarship co-ordinator:

Course co-ordinator

Head of Department


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