Quality Control Microbiology Specialist (Multiple Openings)

Durham, NC, US
Sep 18, 2019
Bio NC
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science, starting with our proprietary gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, a Novartis company, is dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product is a proprietary gene therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric patients with SMA. In addition to developing a treatment for SMA, AveXis also plans to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

The Quality Control Microbiology Specialist provides Environmental Monitoring/Microbiological support at the AveXis GMP Manufacturing facility. The QC Microbiology Specialist responsibilities include, but are not limited to, training, data review, routine testing, method qualification/validations, investigations, and technical writing. A potential candidate will possess a strong technical understanding of QC Microbiological/Cell Culture/Environmental Monitoring testing techniques. The QC Specialist should be able to work effectively within the group, within Quality, and cross functionally.


  • Perform Cell Culture Assays, Environmental Monitoring, and Microbiological testing.
  • Review and trend data and publish quarterly and annual trend reports.
  • Conduct thorough investigations to determine root cause of OOS investigations and other non-conforming results and implement appropriate corrective and preventative actions in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with other departments including Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, and Facilities to address compliance issues, implement corrective actions and improve programs.
  • Participate in assay troubleshooting, qualification, and validation.
  • Manage the use and maintenance of scientific equipment, instrumentation and computer systems.
  • Write and revise documents such as SOPs and technical reports.


  • Minimum B.A. or B.S. Microbiology or in scientific related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years in a GMP Quality Control Microbiology/ Environmental Monitoring laboratories, preferably in a biologics aseptic processing facility.
  • Strong knowledge of Environmental Monitoring and Microbiological Assays (e.g. Bioburden, Endotoxin, Gram Stain, Microbial ID, and Sterility).
  • Ability to gown for entry into Aseptic core and supporting areas, and lift approximately 25 lbs.
  • Experience with method and instrument qualification.
  • Experience performing laboratory investigations and environmental monitoring excursion investigations.
  • Experience with classroom and on the job training (i.e. Microbiological Assays, Aseptic Techniques, and Aseptic Gowning).
  • Good understanding and demonstration of aseptic techniques.
  • Experience leading small teams and projects.
  • Working knowledge of quality systems and regulatory requirements (21 CRF Part 11/210/211/1271, ISO 14644-1, USP, EP, JP).
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other applications.
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team environment.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description.
  • Ability to think critically, and demonstrate troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.