Posted on :
8 Sep, 2021
8 Sep, 2021
Monitoring of micro-organisms at all stages of production to ensure the manufacturing of sterile parenteral products in compliance with laid down standards
Job Title: Microbiologist
Location: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Reference #: 08 September 2021
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Market Related
•Maintain a clean laboratory and cleanroom environment according to procedures.
•Preparation and sampling of all environmental samples and testing according to procedures.
•Administrative duties, such as correct and complete documentation, maintaining of logbooks, procedure updates, archiving and store maintenance (FIFO).
•Ensuring correct use, maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment e.g. air samplers, incubators.
•Assist in training of new laboratory assistants, environmental samplers, production personnel and microbiologists as required.
•Analysis of Pharmaceutical Water, Bulk and raw materials for bioburden.
•Reading, interpretation and documentation of all environmental sample result (swabs, contact plates, air counts, settle plates and finger dabs), water and product total viable counts and communicating any out-of-specification (OOS) results to relevant production and quality staff to facilitate OOS investigation, documentation and resolution.
•Administrative duties, such as filing of test results and special requests, assisting with procedure updates, archiving of old test reports, checking co-microbiologist documented calculations and procedure compliance, compiling reports or validation protocols when required.
•Performance of media fill, sterility testing, environment and water sampling and testing when necessary.
•Assess raw materials and final products for bacterial endotoxins when necessary.
•Perform specialised microbiological testing in the lab (i.e. Antibiotic and biological assays, disinfectant efficacy, growth promotion test).
•Assist in microbiological monitoring of media fills, environmental observations and identifications.
•Active participation of microbiological related projects which are aimed at reducing OOL results both in the laboratory and production areas.
•From time to time carry out additional tasks within the laboratory that are consistent with the qualification and / or training of the incumbent.
•Assist in the microbial testing required on biological indicators from Ethyle Oxide and steam sterilization process.
•Assist with theoretical and practical assessments of gowning competency qualifications of all FKMSA staff and active participation in the ongoing Aseptic Mentorship Program
B.Sc. Microbiology and / or Biotechnology or NTD/HNTD Microbiology / Medical Technology
A minimum of one year’s experience within microbiology is required
Key technical competencies include the ability to correctly use laboratory equipment; the ability to analyze pharmaceutical water, raw materials, bulk, in-process and final product; documentation skills; an understanding of aseptic manufacturing and an understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices with reference to Pharmacopeia guidelines and Data integrity principles, computer literate (Microsoft)
Application Deadline: 15/09/2021