Microbiology Technician I, 3rd shift

Organization
Akorn, Inc.
Job Location
Somerset, NJ
Job Description

SUMMARY: 
The Microbiology Technician I will perform all environmental monitoring tests required to monitor the controlled areas and support manufacturing operations under the supervision and guidance of Microbiology Laboratory management. 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 
Include the following. Other duties maybe assigned 
- Must be able to demonstrate and apply good aseptic technique and cleanroom behavior. 
- Must be able to demonstrate and apply good gowning technique during certification, re-certification, and routine monitoring. 
- Must be able to understand the operation and application of all monitoring devices that are automated or manually operated in the department. 
- Must be able to demonstrate the ability to monitor all environmental parameters, such as viable and non-viable sampling, personnel sampling, and utilities following laboratory and company guidelines. 
- Perform required sampling utilizing contact plates, settling plates, RCS strips, and particle counters. 
- Perform environmental monitoring testing and utility sampling and testing on scheduled days. 
- Perform required data analysis, compiles data and prepares results for review. 
- Perform Gram staining and differentiation of isolates. 
- Prepare microbiological media for use in laboratory. 
- Operate autoclave for routine sterilization of laboratory supplies and media 
- Perform growth promotion and negative control testing on media. 
- Perform sampling of raw materials. 
- Wash glassware and supplies used in laboratory. 
- Documents routine procedures following laboratory and company guidelines (SOP's). 
- Assist with studies and/or protocols under supervision of the Microbiology Lab Supervisor or Microbiologists. 
- Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies



Requirements: 

QUALIFICATIONS: 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one year of cleanroom related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experiences. Experience in pharmaceutical industry preferred. 
JOB PREREQUISITES: 
- Ability to meet attendance standards. All full-time employees are required to work a 40 hour week. At times it may be necessary to work additional hours in order to get the required tasks accomplished to meet deadlines. 
- Must be able to pass aseptic gowning qualification. 
- Strong written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with co-workers as well as management 
- Ability to work in a team environment and interact with various management levels and groups. 
- Proficient with computers and using computer systems (hardware and software) to process information. 
- Knowledge of basic cGMP and good documentation practices. 
Akorn, Inc. is a niche pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals as well as animal and consumer health products. We specialize in difficult-to-manufacture sterile and non-sterile dosage forms including: ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. Akorn markets its products to retail pharmacies, ophthalmologists, optometrists, physicians, veterinarians, hospitals, clinics, wholesalers, distributors, group purchasing organizations, and government agencies. 
Akorn, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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