The Microbiologist III is a frontline leader and valued advisor in the QC LAB. They earn the respect of their teammates by working shoulder-to-shoulder, setting an example of professional laboratory excellence. The main task of the position is to perform routine microbiological testing following compendial plated methods. The Microbiologist III will make an impact by training and mentoring the QC LAB associates, performing method and equipment validations, and authoring documents and reports.
Additional responsibilities include ensuring the media inventory is maintained and that equipment is functioning and compliant through equipment qualifications in accordance with USP, ISO, ASTM, and industry standards. They may also provide technical advice to site management interpreting investigations throughout the facility.
The Microbiologist III also supports the QC LAB Manager with administrative tasks such as data review, data archival, and providing feedback on the performance of others. They will perform Lab audits. They review and update documents associated with general lab operations and chemistry. The Microbiologist III assists higher level microbiologists in designing processes and technical writing. The Microbiologist III may have direct customer interactions to explain technical and sensitive information regarding product quality.Essential Accountabilities:
- Microbiological Testing
- Microbiological enumeration by spread plate and filtration
- USP enrichments
Using selective agars to detect specified organisms
Perform basic organism identifications such as Gram staining, using API test strips, and traditional test methods such as catalase and coagulase tests.
Clean and maintain incubators, refrigerators, and autoclaves.
Interpret reports from RNA identifications
- Administrative support of the Lab
- Ordering and maintaining levels of laboratory supplies and consumables.
- Authoring validation protocols and reports based on results of validation testing
Authoring and reviewing specifications, procedures, work instructions and forms.
Microbiological Team Leader
Lead, aid, and assist in Microbiological OOS investigations
Direct Microbiologist I & II to construct development plans
Talk directly with management, product development & customers to explain testing problems or differences.
Review Data for accuracy and compliance with Good Documentation Practices
Provide performance feedback to microbiologists and QC Lab Manager
Physical Testing - inspection of raw materials
Participate with other Rockline plants in a laboratory working group to align microbiological testing between sites
Ability to handle a fast pace, high-stress environment while still maintaining acceptable testing resultsRequirements:
- Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Microbiology or Cell/Molecular Biology; Masters (MS) or greater preferred
5+ years of experience in a QC or Clinical Lab
Knowledge of cGMP, familiarity with Quality Tools such as SPC and Root Cause Analysis, USP, HACCP, and Technical writing skills.
External training in current Microbiology topics will be required to become a Microbiologist III. Training could be in the form of traditional classroom training, webinars, or scientific conferences as provided by such organizations as AOAC, PMF, ASM, CfPA, etc.Benefits:
Paid holidays upon hire
Emergency time off upon hire
Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage eligible first of the month after 30 days of employment
Short and Long term Disability Insurance
401k Plan with company match
Education Reimbursement program
Additional special programs through Medical plan
Flexible Spending and Health Savings Account
Recognized as Sheboygan County's 2014 & 2018Manufacturer of the Year and 2019's Safety Leader of the Year.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)