Scientist, Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Irvine, CA, United States
Jan 16, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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The Scientist - Pharmaceutical Microbiology, working independently, performs a variety of experiments to develop, optimize, validate, and execute test methods for evaluation of the efficacy and safety of microbiological attributes for ophthalmic, dermatological, and parenteral products, for small molecule drugs, biologics, medical devices, their raw materials and components. He/she conducts and reports outcomes of special projects to achieve relevant objectives for R&D programs and projects. He/she assists with the training and transfer of methods to other groups within AbbVie and to other outsourced facilities. He/she writes SOPs and conducts investigations to address deviations and OOS/OOT data through QMS. He/she attends product development teams and addresses microbiological attributes. He/she prepares microbiology sections using proper scientific justification in Regulatory submissions and assists in writing responses to microbiological queries post submission. He/she maintains a productive and collaborative laboratory environment consistent with Regulatory and company expectations.

Furthermore, the position requires the individual to work with and in areas requiring select agents and Toxins access (i.e. Biosafety level 2 and biosafety level 3 laboratories). Access to and use of select agents is regulated by federal policies. Therefore, the candidate must conduct all work activities in compliance with Allergan internal and applicable regulatory requirements. Allergan internal requirements include compliance with ethics, environmental health and safety, financial, human resources, and general business policies, requirements and objectives.


• Ph.D. in Microbiology or a related life science and two years of post-doctoral experience or two years of pharmaceutical and/or industrial microbiology experience is required.
• Demonstrates a deep understanding of microbiological theories, concepts and principles.
• Experience in wide range of microbiological techniques including handling of bacterial and fungal cultures, aseptic procedures, and microbiology-related experimentation are required.
• Design of experiments, risk-based approaches for product design, testing to edge-of-failure, trouble shooting, and science-driven justification of recommendations are integral to the job function.
• Experience with pharmaceutical microbiology attributes such as preservative effectiveness, sterility, microbiological examination, bioburden and endotoxin is highly desirable.
• Articulates ideas in a clear, concise and persuasive manner both orally and via written communication to generate presentations, reports, guidelines, protocols and memos as necessary.
• Previous experience with proteins, biochemistry and/or biopharmaceutical characterization is considered a plus.
• Knowledge on the microbiological aspects of sterilization and aseptic processing and their validation will be considered a plus.
• Self-motivated and shows willingness to take on new approaches/technologies and additional responsibilities.
• Must be able to work independently with minimum supervision.
• Must possess good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a dynamic team environment and must multi-task to meet project timelines.

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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