Kelly Services Microbiologist, Vista, CA in Vista, California

Microbiologist, Vista, CA

Position Summary: Performs microbiological testing on raw materials, in-process and finished product as well as environmental samples in a cGMP / GLP laboratory. Reports results in a timely and professional manner to micro Supervisor / Manager for review. Assists in OOS investigations and excursions reports.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs routine microbiological testing on raw materials, in-process and finished products using compendial methods such as USP, AOAC, FDA-BAM and in-house validated methods on the rapid automated Biolumix system.

  • Performs retesting of out-of-specification (OOS) results, assists with OOS investigations and OOS reports as directed by micro Supervisor.

  • Performs water sampling at various ports and perform bioburden, TOC and conductivity testing.

  • Performs Environmental Monitoring testing (for air and surface) per established protocol.

  • Reviews water and EM test results and assists in investigation of excursions and preparation of relevant reports as directed by micro Supervisor.

  • Effectively communicates testing progress or project status to Micro Supervisor.

  • Documents and reports results in the appropriate notebooks, logbooks, files and databases.

  • Performs formal review of peer notebooks and test results

  • Prepares media used for the microbiological analysis of samples.

  • Performs timely cleaning and disinfection and handling of biohazard and general wastes.

  • Maintains supplies and media inventory for the micro lab in collaboration with the Lab Coordinators by creating needed Purchase Requisitions Forms and formally qualifying received media and reagents.

  • Operates, maintains and ensures calibration of equipment including thermometers, analytical balances, pipettes and other related equipment used in the micro lab; notifies micro supervisor of potential issues.

  • Assists with new equipment qualification/ validation projects as directed by Micro Supervisor / Manager.

  • Assists in developing or revising microbiological test methods.

  • Trains and mentors Associate Microbiologists and Micro Technicians

  • Reviews and revises Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as directed by Micro Supervisor

  • Assists in implementing cGMP / GLP programs and procedures within the micro laboratory.

  • Provides backup support to micro supervisor on day to day activities or tasks, as required.

  • Performs special projects as assigned by QC manager

  • Complies with cGMP, cGLP, FDA and other applicable industry regulations as well as company policies

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree (BA / BS) in Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry or related field.

  • Minimum three (3) years experience working in a microbiological lab, preferably in a regulated GMP industry.

  • Proficiency in aseptic technique, serial dilutions, quantitative enumeration of microorganisms, and preparation of test media.

  • Experience with microbiological testing such as Bioburden and environmental monitoring

  • Good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access and Excel.

  • Effective oral and written business communication skills

  • Ability to initiate and maintain QC data, documents, reports and corrective action summaries.

  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with peers and management.

  • Ability to multi-task, work effectively and complete projects in a fast paced environment.

  • Ability to move 40 gallon drums for sampling water at various ports and to lift up to the maximum safety-recommended 50 pound container. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Work Environment: Computer workstation and climate-controlled office environment. May occasionally enter production areas where personal protective equipment might be required to prevent or lessens exposure to airborne-borne powdered nutritional supplement substances.

For immediate consideration, apply today! Questions? Call Adam at 858.207.6311

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