Quality , Science, Pharmaceutical & Food

Microbiologist – Carlow

  • Full Time
  • Remote
  • Carlow
  • 41965750

PE Global is currently recruiting for an Associate Quality Specialist – Microbiology on behalf of our client based in Carlow:

11 month initial contract


Job Purpose:

To provide technical support to the QC Microbiology Lab & operations to ensure the continued

manufacture and supply of quality pharmaceutical products in meeting the priorities of: Compliance, Supply, Strategy and Profit Plan. This role holds more senior responsibilities within the Microbiology Laboratory including (but not limited to) documentation development, report writing, execution of method and equipment validation, drug product result authorization, providing microbiological support for site, performance of bench experiments as required.  


The ideal candidate will be capable of self-management and decision making and will

demonstrate a high level of leadership, initiative, collaboration, and coaching to facilitate the team

in becoming a high-performance organization. Central to this objective will be the active

engagement and communication with all internal (e.g. QC Analytical, Tech Ops, IPT, QA) and

external (e.g. Microbiology COE). A high level of innovation, enthusiasm and drive will be required

to deliver technical excellence in required for this role.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Development and execution of Microbiology test methods, Method Validation and Method

Qualification, mainly bioburden, endotoxin and Sterility test methods.

  • Troubleshooting of issues which arise during the execution of validation studies and routine tests.
  • Development of training modules.
  • Microbiology Support to Site Investigations
  • Driving Continuous Improvement initiatives, including lean lab initiatives, method optimization/redevelopment.
  • Authoring and managing change controls, procedures, test methods and deviations.
  • Result authorization for microbiological samples to support batch release.
  • LIMS System updates
  • Assessing compendial and quality manual updates pertaining to the Microbiology Lab & environmental control.
  • Supporting lab stock management and financial control as required.
  • Supporting the environmental control program by trend analysis and implementation of appropriate corrective and preventative measures.
  • Understands and applies regulatory / compliance and compendial requirements to their role together with remaining current on upcoming regulatory and compliance changes.
  • Interprets customer needs, assesses requirements and identifies solutions to non-standard requests.
  • Makes decisions within guidelines and policies which impact microbiology projects.
  • Ensure highest safety standards.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.


Skills and Knowledge

Typical Minimum Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher preferred; ideally in Microbiology or a closely related discipline.

Typical Minimum Experience for this Grade/Level

  • Demonstrated change management skills (CEM) with continuous improvement.
  • Strong knowledge in execution, validation and development of microbiology related test methods i.e. Bioburden, Endotoxin and Sterility testing.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the Microbiology Pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating environment.

Core Competences:


  • Knowledge and experience in interpreting current applicable regulatory requirements and providing independent support to the site.
  • Strong knowledge in the area of method development including experiment design to ensure robust validation data.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and fully realize improvement initiatives with minimal guidance.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive the completion of tasks.
  • Demonstrated delivery of SME knowledge above site.
  • Demonstrated successes in a team environment, such as project teams, Six Sigma team etc.
  • Advanced PC skills such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to clarify, communicate and solve complex problems.
  • Highly motivated and interested in bringing current microbiology research and technology platforms toward a biopharmaceutical operations application


Interested candidates should submit an updated CV.

Please click the link below to apply, call Audrey on 0214297900 or alternatively send an up to date CV audrey.mccarthy@peglobal.net


***Please note our client cannot assist with any visa sponsorship and candidates must have the correct visa to live and work in Ireland***


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