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QC Analyst, Microbiology

LocationVancouver, British Columbia
Job ID R0000404 Date posted 02/02/2018

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

Job Description Summary

The Quality Control Analyst, Microbiology will conduct raw material, in-process, and finished product microbiological testing, and controlled manufacturing and laboratory area environmental monitoring in compliance with STEMCELL's quality management system. Other responsibilities include method development, laboratory maintenance, and assisting in resolution of non-conformities.

Job Description

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Microbiological analysis of raw materials, in-process, and finished products according to standard operating procedures. The testing includes sterility, endotoxin, bioburden, and mycoplasma.
  • Environmental monitoring of controlled manufacturing and laboratory areas including data trending.
  • Sampling and analysis of purified water system for bioburden and endotoxin including data trending.
  • Participate in non-routine testing as may be required (Bubble Test, conductivity, TOC).
  • Preparation, completion and review of QC testing data and records. 
  • Operation, cleaning and maintenance of microbiology laboratory, including equipment.
  • Purchasing and inventory management of laboratory supplies.
  • Liaise with external parties such as contract laboratories and vendors, as instructed.
  • Write and review protocols, reports and standard operating procedures
  • Participate in method development and validation, as required.
  • Demonstrate sound judgment when encountering atypical situations and out-of-specification results, participate in non-conformity investigations.
  • Participate in multi-department teams to resolve problems, increase efficiencies  and improve processes
  • Communicate with supervisors and co-workers to achieve departmental objectives and promote a safe and supportive working environment
  • May be designated as trainer for new analysts in applicable standard operating procedures.
  • Occasional week night or weekend work may be required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum BSc degree in Microbiology, or equivalent  
  • Minimum 3-5 years microbiology lab-based work experience (co-op work experience is applicable)
  • Experience in GMP environment  and Quality Control laboratory performing sterility, endotoxin and environmental monitoring (an asset)
  • Working knowledge of USP test methods in microbiology an asset
  • Demonstrated ability in writing protocols and reports (an asset)
  • Excellent aseptic technique.
  • Excellent attention-to-detail and record-keeping skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a team setting

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

To apply please select the apply button. You will then be directed to a login screen asking you to set up an account. You must set up an account in order to apply. 

Create an account by selecting the create account button.  You will then be asked for your email and to create a password. Your Password must be eight characters long, contain at least one special character, one capital letter, and a number.Once you have created your password you will be asked to upload your resume. Uploading your resume will provide the ability to auto-populate your application with information from your resume. If you prefer to manually complete all of the fields in the application you can do this by clicking next. You can upload your cover letter as an attachment in the attachments screen. Thank you for your interest in STEMCELL!

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