Microbiologist I

Position Title: Microbiologist I Department: Microbiology
Reports To: Director, Microbiology Work Location: Decatur, Illinois

Position Summary:
Under limited supervision, the Microbiologist I is responsible for performing microbiological testing of products and raw materials, reading environmental monitoring plates from controlled areas, microbial identification work and other applicable duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Performs routine microbiological testing of products according to SOPs and Methods.
• Documents routine procedures following laboratory and company guidelines.
• Reviews and approves work performed by technician and peers.
• Performs microscopic particulate analysis of products and commodities.
• Conducts microbiological identifications..
• Performs Bacterial Endotoxin Testing for raw materials as well as in-process and finished products.
• Generates deviation and investigation reports under the direction of the Microbiology Supervisor.
• Provides Microbiology oversight for media fill inspections as per applicable SOPs.
• Organizes and arranges Growth Promotion Testing of Microbiological Media.
• Assists on the generation of outside source information retrieval and evaluation in support of special project work.
• Performs Sanitization Efficacy Testing.

Position Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university with Major in Microbiology or equivalent.
  • One to two years related experience and/or training.
Functional Knowledge:
  • Excellent conceptualizing, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in Word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
Company / Industry related knowledge:
  • Pharmaceutical industry knowledge strongly preferred.

Job-Specific Competencies:
• Effective written and oral communication skills
• Strong organizational, planning and communication skills.
• Demonstrates exceptional time management skills.
• Using logic and reasoning to identify solutions to problems.
• Ability to multi-task, set priorities and meet strict deadlines.
• Ability to lead, motivate, coach, and teach others

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