Microbiologist - West Chester, OH | Biospace
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AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

West Chester, OH
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Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

Location: West Chester,
United States
Job reference: R-012679

Posted date: Aug. 17, 2017

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Microbiologist in West Chester, OH, you’ll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The shift is Wednesday through Saturday day shift (10 hour days).

As a Microbiologist, you will perform laboratory testing to support release of product, environment, systems and materials in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures. (for example: sterility, endotoxin, bioburden, particulate profiling, microbial identifications, growth promotion, and/or biological indicators). Ensure proper documentation practices during all job activities.

Lead process improvement activities and teams to meet strategic goals. Use Computerized Maintenance Management System to manage logistics. Develop lean processes and procedures.

Interact with regulatory agency personnel during audits and inspections. Perform regular audits of SOPs and/or work instructions.

Review and approve documentation needed for qualification of equipment and processes. Write, review, and revise SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and/or work instructions for cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing of commercial product. Write, review, and revise SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for maintenance of equipment, systems, and/or facilities. Author, review, and revise documentation needed for cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing of commercial product. Attend inter-departmental meetings to discuss matters involving the coordination of multiple departments.

Facilitate inter-departmental meetings to discuss matters involving the coordination of multiple departments. Interact with other departments to implement corrective/preventative actions. Participate in cross-functional teams to meet strategic goals. Assist with coordinating activities of support groups.

Assist with visual management and other tools to enhance audit readiness and trend analysis. Assess and implement improvements in productivity, waste generation, quality and cost.

Lead committees or groups of employees tasked with accomplishing some objective(s). Coordinate qualification activities. Lead change control activities. Perform routine sampling activities. Performing high purity water testing. Recommend compliance resolutions to management.

Provide "off shift" support (for example: night shift support if you normally work day shift). Provide scheduled 24/7 "on-call" support to others.


Essential Requirements
  • 4-year degree in Biology, Microbiology or related discipline
  • 3 years of experience in a regulated or cGMP environment
  • Ability to work Wednesday through Saturday day shift (10 hour days) and to be on call as needed
Desirable Requirements
  • 2 years of experience supporting microbiological testing in a sterile pharmaceutical operations environment.
Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.