Lead Scientist

Morrisville, North Carolina
Apr 09, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Lead Scientist role is critical to the Microbiology group and the incumbent will act as a primary Project Lead interfacing with customers, writing protocols and communicating with the Group Leader to ensure incoming projects are ready to execute.

As a member of the microbiology team, you will utilize your expertise to support method development, method suitability and testing in support of the pharmaceutical industry. Your efforts will focus on delivering high quality technical support to the development and execution of microbiological methods such as Microbial Enumeration, Sterility in a barrier isolator, Endotoxin, Antimicrobial Effectiveness, Container Closure Integrity and non-routine microbiological assays. You will serve as a mentor to junior analysts contributing to their microbiology training and development. You will apply your experience and expertise to author microbiology Standard Operating Procedures and analytical methods. As a scientist and leader in our organization you will be a key component of the engine that powers our operation, applying your microbiological expertise.

A high level of expertise with Microbial Enumeration, Endotoxin and Sterility testing in a barrier isolator is required. Experience working in a highly GMP-regulated environment is required. Additional experience with endotoxin, AET, TOC, CCI, authoring SOP's, laboratory investigations and training/mentoring is also preferred.

The Role (daily responsibilities)

  • Develop and execute laboratory work plans/schedules independently, using customer milestones and Division/site performance standards and metrics. Sample types include USP, JP, and EP release testing and stability testing.
  • Techniques include but not limited to: sterility, bioburden and microbial limits testing, or endotoxin testing.
  • Perform method validation or transfer activities.
  • Authors and may approve technical documents, such as protocols, test methods, text reports, certificates of analysis, and operating procedures
  • Trains, coaches or mentors others on technical, personal development or business issues
  • Responsible as Project Technical Lead with responsibility for project outcome and customer interaction

The Candidate (requirements)

  • Degree in microbiology or biology or closely related physical science.
  • Bachelor's degree with 9 - 10 years related experience, equivalent education, experience and training; Master's degree with 6 - 8 years related experience, equivalent education, experience and training; OR Doctorate Degree with 2 – 4 years related experience.
  • Industry experience as a microbiologist
  • AET, Kinetic/Gel Endotoxin, MET, Sterility testing experience
  • Strong project management skills

Position Benefits

Potential for career growth within an expanding team

Defined career path and annual performance review and feedback process

Medical, Dental, Vision and 401K are all offered from Day One of employment

19 days of paid time off annually + 7 paid holidays

About Catalent (STANDARD – DO NOT EDIT!)

Catalent offers rewarding opportunities to further your career!  Join the global drug development and delivery leader and help develop some of the nearly 200 products we launch each year or help supply over 7,000 products for patients around the world. Catalent is an exciting and growing international company where our professionals work directly with pharma, biopharma and consumer health companies of all sizes to advance new medicines from early development to clinical trials and to the market, for the benefit of patients globally.

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