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Associate Microbiologist


Kalamazoo, MI
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The successful candidate will provide microbiological subject-matter expertise within the department, and drive continuous improvement initiatives to support high-throughput microbiological assay testing laboratories. The successful candidate will be part of a specialized dynamic team that interacts with multiple levels and departments throughout the organization to drive change and ensure the high quality and continued supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals to the market.


+ The successful candidate will become a subject matter expert on a variety of microbiological analyses of finished products and/or raw materials and may complete entry, review, and/or approval of data in a computerized database. The tests and assays are performed as a function of a high output microbiological testing laboratory.

+ The candidate will assist in the overall operation of the laboratory including: continuous improvement of current test assays and methods, assisting with development and validation of new test methods, overseeing qualification of new laboratory equipment, evaluation of testing and lab practices against regulatory standards to ensure continued compliance, leading deviation investigations and corrective action/preventative action creation and execution, and creation and revision of standard operating procedures.

+ The candidate will be responsible for individual contributions to achieve team deliverables. May perform work independently, or as an integral member of a team.

+ Interacts with other team members in the laboratory, within the Microbiology department, and with colleagues from other departments (Operations, Quality, and Regulatory).


The ideal candidate should have:

+ A B.S. Degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or other related specialized biological science. Graduate degree in one of the above disciplines is preferred.

+ Experience (3+ years) in a similar role within the Pharmaceutical and/or Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry (or comparable GLP/GMP Laboratory setting). In-depth knowledge of microbiological testing, immunological assays, and aseptic techniques is a plus.

+ A passion for continuous improvement, excellent project management skills, and experience driving critical projects to completion within agreed upon timelines.

+ Experience leading continuous improvement projects is preferred. Knowledge of lean manufacturing, six sigma methodologies, and statistics is a plus.

+ An understanding of microbiological release testing on in-coming materials and finished product dosage forms using approved test plans.

+ Experience defending their work in regulatory audits.

+ Good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills are required.

+ A demonstrated ability to organize time independently, be able to perform several tasks concurrently (ability to multi-task), and be able to meet objectives in a flexible, team-oriented environment. **PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS** Ability to analyze complex data and evaluate microbiological and bioanalytical laboratory methods for continuous improvement is required.Basic computer skills, such as data entry with a high level of attention to detail, are also required.Long periods of standing and/or sitting may be needed.Occasional lifting (less than 35 lbs), and reaching may be required. Extended time working at a computer terminal is also required.

**EEO & Employment Eligibility**

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

**Sunshine Act**

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

**Additional Offer Details:**

+ **Last Date to Apply for Job: 5/9/18**

+ Eligible for Relocation Package

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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