For more info & to apply: Asst/Assoc QC Biochemist
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Shift: 8 hour Day shift
The incumbent is responsible for performing complex laboratory analysis of plasma and plasma products in a GMP laboratory. Performs biological testing of moderate to advanced complexity within a Quality Operations Laboratory in a safe, accurate, and efficient manner following established written procedures while maintaining complete and accurate records of the work and results. This testing is required for the release of raw materials, in-process materials, and final containers.
Responsibilities include sample accessioning, sample preparation, reagent preparation, testing, result calculation, as well as quality control of assays and equipment. The incumbent will also support assay validation, method transfer, reagent and control qualification, and laboratory maintenance activities as assigned. Must be comfortable working with infectious material daily. Person must be able to work in a biological safety cabinet and comfortable working with a microscope for several hours at a time. Candidates for the position must be proficient with using micropipettes and serological pipettes while making dilutions and serial dilutions. The person that fills this position must possess a keen attention to detail in that they will be performing complex tissue culture assays and maintaining cell lines. Tissue culture is preferred. Must be able to perform tasks by following SOP’s and oral instructions. Must have precise, legible, and organized documentation skills. Candidates must also be willing to perform ones share of cleaning duties and housekeeping.
Requirements by level:
The Assistant Biologist is expected to recognize "abnormal" results and to perform some preliminary evaluation of her/his performance of the test procedure. The Assistant Biologist consults with Associate Biologists and/or the Laboratory Supervisor on significant problems. The solutions to such problems are always within the confines of the test procedures. All of the test results of an Assistant Biologist are reviewed by either the Lab Supervisor or a designated Associate Biologist for "reasonableness" and conformance to the required limit(s). No unexpected test result generated by an Assistant Biologist is accepted without an independent confirmation (normally by an Associate Biologist) and review of the results by the Lab Supervisor. While this is an entry-level position, the Assistant Biologist is expected to progress to a performance level requiring less direct supervision (either by the Laboratory Supervisor or the assigned Associate Biologist trainer). The Assistant Biologist has a variety of weekly / monthly assignments (e.g.: preparation of solutions, housekeeping, etc.) that they are expected to accomplish without specific direction to do so. An Assistant Biologist participates in Quality Control studies (blind testing series, validation protocols, precision and accuracy studies) of tests for which they are trained.
An Associate degree in a life science field, medical technology, or related curriculum and a minimum of six months of applicable laboratory experience or a BS/BA degree in a life science field, medical technology, or related curriculum is required
The Associate Biochemist is expected to have benefited from the two or more years of directly applicable experience as an Assistant Biochemist. The Associate Biochemist position requires somewhat greater than time/work management skills than the Assistant Biochemist position because the incumbent us expected to complete work assignments accurately and efficiently in a generally autonomous fashion. The Associate Biochemist requires more than basic verbal and written communication skills because the incumbent will be required to communicate test results, assay problems, and equipment problems to others outside of the lab (and outside of the company). The Associate Biochemist will also be involved in the development and revision of laboratory procedures. The Associate Biochemist is expected to maintain a professional relationship with peers, to be a effective member of the lab "team" working toward common goals, and to work well in a situation in which most equipment necessary to complete one's daily assignment is also used by others. The Associate Biochemist requires more than basic human relations skills because they may be required to coordinate the laboratory's activities in the absence of the supervisor and/or team leader.
The Associate Biologist position is normally a progression from the Assistant Biologist position in the Quality Assurance Biology Labs. Therefore, the Associate Biologist position also requires knowledge equivalent to a minimum of two years of college level biology courses (one year of general biology course(s) with associated laboratory work, and one year of microbiology course(s) with associated laboratory work). While the content of the course work specified above is generally applicable to the Assistant Biology position, the associated laboratory experience is more specifically applicable to the position's work assignments.
Work is performed in an office and a laboratory/manufacturing environment. Exposure to biological fluids with potential exposure to infectious organisms. Exposure to occasional extreme cold below 32* in production areas. Exposure to electrical office and laboratory equipment. Personal protective equipment required such as protective eyewear, garments and gloves. Work is performed sitting or standing for 2-4 hours per day. Frequent hand movement of both hands with the ability to make fast, simple, movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. Ability to make precise coordinated movements, of the fingers to grasp and manipulate objects. Light to moderate lifting and carrying objects with a maximum lift of 35lbs. Occasionally walks, bends and twists neck and waist, may reach above or below shoulder height. Frequent foot movements. Color perception/discrimination and near vision correctable in one eye to 20/30 and to 20/100 in the other eye. Able to communicate complex information and ideas so others will understand; with the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken and written words and sentences. Performs tasks by following a set of written or oral instructions/procedures.