Quality Control Specialist (Microbiology-Night Shift)

Libertyville, IL, US
Oct 22, 2020
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? Since 2013, Novartis Gene Therapies (formerly AveXis) has had one focus: bringing change to those devastated by genetic diseases.

The Novartis Gene Therapies culture embraces this mission. As a compassionate and dedicated team, we are enthusiastic about the science behind our work and finding answers to difficult questions. We are dedicated to communities affected by rare diseases, and these patients and families are the motivation for everything we do.

We have built a team with exceptional depth of experience, unified by a common vision; to develop gene therapies with the potential to positively impact the lives of the patients and families devastated by rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Though we are proud of what we have achieved to date, we remain relentlessly focused on making that vision a reality.

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.

Novartis Gene Therapies 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.