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Lead Microbiology Researcher

Employer
Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions
Location
Little Tucson, Arizona, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 28, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Biology
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions (VWTS) is a worldwide leader in water recovery, treatment, and reuse. We design, supply, and service a range of water systems and monitoring equipment in industries ranging from pharmaceutical to food and beverage applications, and from microelectronics ultrapure water to municipal water and industrial wastewater treatment. We are one of the world's leading manufacturers of total organic carbon (TOC) analyzers and corresponding certified reference materials. Our ground-breaking endotoxin analyzer is the latest addition to our expanding analytical instruments portfolio. We strive to provide not only superior technology and design, but also outstanding quality, service, and application support. Please click here to learn more about our Analytical Instruments business.

This position collaborates with a cross functional team to develop new analytical instrumentation and microbiological methods. In this role, you will lead a team of microbiologists developing analytical methods and technologies, testing instrumentation, and evaluating concepts as part of new product development and customer application projects. This position provides technical expertise for aseptic processing and microbiological testing, executes studies to support customer applications and new product development, works to establish best practices and processes for lab operations, helps develop new capabilities and testing capacity, and continuously improves upon compliance to meet the needs of customers in highly regulated industries.

This exciting role within Analytical Instruments' microbiology Center of Excellence guides a team of scientists working to ensure success of novel rapid microbiological monitoring (RMM) methods. You will be able apply your experiences in regulated microbiology laboratories to assist customers in exploring new applications while also supporting the product development teams in testing new technologies. You will be able to build new processes and capabilities as the group and product adoption expands.

Key Characteristics

* Ability to inspire and lead a team developing novel methods for microbial detection
* Creative and consultative approach to helping solve customer challenges
* Skill in facilitating communication between the microbiology team and key stakeholders internal and external to the business
* Vision of how to continuously improve the laboratory capabilities and capacity while developing a team to meet growth expectations
* Excellent interpersonal skills with emphasis on empathy, engagement, teamwork, and positive attitude

Duties & Responsibilities

* Supervisor, lead, mentor, and support performance and development for microbiology researchers
* Support and execute method development studies employing rapid microbiological monitoring analyzers applied to water samples, raw materials, in process samples, and other challenging matrices
* Continually assess development systems and procedures in the laboratory to assure they comply with business directives and current industry practices
* Liaise between customers, microbiology researchers, and analyzer subject matter experts to provide recommendations for equipment use
* Research, evaluate, and contribute ideas for new technologies, reagents and methods supporting the RMM mission

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

* Skilled with aseptic practices for bacterial or cell culture processes
* Ability to provide technical leadership to solve complex problems as well as execute studies on your own
* Ability to be organized and self-directed
* Detail oriented with a focus on delivering quality results
* Ability to fluently and clearly write lab notebooks, test plans, and reports

Education & Experience
Required :

* BS in microbiology
* Five or more years of microbiological laboratory work experience with increasing responsibility

Preferred :

* MS or PhD in microbiology
* Prior supervisory experience
* Knowledge of pharmaceutical, personal care, and/or clinical microbiology
* Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
* Proven track record of success in microbiological quality control or development laboratories

Working Conditions

* Laboratory work environment with 4-5 days per week expected in person

At Veolia, we realize diverse teams make smarter decisions, deliver better results, and build stronger communities. We're an organization that champions diversity and inclusion at every rung of the ladder and are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. Because our people are our greatest assets, we also offer competitive compensation and benefits that include:

* Health & Life Insurance
* Paid Vacation & Sick Time
* Paid Holidays
* Parental Leave
* 401(k) Plan

****Applicants are required to be eligible to lawfully work in the U.S. immediately; employer will not sponsor applicants for U.S. work authorization (e.g. H-1B visa) for this opportunity****
VWTS does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiting firms. All vendors must have a current and fully executed MSA on file before submitting candidates. Any unsolicited resumes and candidate profiles will be deemed the property of VWTS, and no fee will be due.
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