Microbiologist; Quality Control

Position Summary:

The Microbiologist is responsible for and has experience in performing microbial analysis for the QC Microbiology laboratory which is responsible for the analysis and disposition of commercial materials (raw materials, finished product release, stability, validation, investigation), and environmental samples, as assigned, and documenting results in accordance with SOPs.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Follow all laboratory SOPs, including but not limited to laboratory safety, chemical handling and storage, gowning, equipment use, cGMP, GDP, data integrity, DEA requirements, etc.
  • Media preparation, sterilization, storage, growth promotion and sterility tests.
  • Use scientific equipment to prepare, incubate, read, and identify microorganism growth.
  • Identification and isolation of infectious disease-causing organisms which may be present including Bacteria, Yeast & Mold, and other pathogens.
  • Prepare, isolate, transfer and maintain cultures of bacteria and other microorganisms in prescribed or developed media, controlling moisture, aeration, temperature, and nutrition.
  • Maintain a clean and organized laboratory working environment.
  • Dispose of used/expired/excess chemicals, solutions, solvents, etc. in dedicated waste receptacles.
  • Report well-written, accurate and timely results.
  • Review data, calculations, notebooks, and reports.
  • Assist in laboratory investigations, as assigned.
  • Assist in Cleaning, Method and Process validation testing and protocol/report review, as assigned.
  • Suggest improvements to existing testing methods when possible.
  • Mentor and give guidance to entry-level personnel on techniques performed in the lab and assist with laboratory related questions as needed.
  • Assist with routine Metrology functions, including instrument cleaning/ preventive maintenance/ calibration/ verification activities.
  • Monitor and assist with maintaining proper inventory levels of all laboratory supplies.
  • Assist with sample receiving, chemical inventory, document filing, housekeeping, etc.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by Management.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science related field.
  • Between 1 and 9 years of work experience in a laboratory setting.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of laboratory microbial analysis and cGMPs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, graphs/charts and databases.
  • Proficient in aseptic technique, rapid identification of bacterial strains, the use of optical and electron microscopes, and other equipment used in the microbiology laboratory.
  • Able to multitask and meet tight deadlines.

Physical Demands:

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods of time.
  • Frequently reaching with arms/hands up to 2 feet.
  • Good hand eye coordination.
  • Occasionally required to walk and kneel.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to use close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Required to reach with arms and use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools and computer controls.
  • Required to stoop, kneel, crouch, stand, bend, sit, talk, hear, climb stairs.

Work Environment:

  • Work environment in laboratory and production operations facilities include close proximity to heavy machinery and pharmaceutical powders.
  • Potential to move between production operations sites/areas to complete job functions.
  • Employee work hours/schedule and/or shift are subject to change based on business needs and Management discretion.
  • Required to be present in the laboratory to perform daily testing and collaborate with department director, manager, and peers.
  • Responsible for compliance with all rules and regulations pertaining to safety policies with the proper attitude toward safety and health, helping to ensure that all department operations are performed with the utmost regard for the safety and health for all personnel.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Personal Protective Equipment or Attire Required for Position:

  • Gowning as required by GMPs and/or SOPs.

Pay Range:

  • $50,000 - $70,000 per year