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QC Microbiologist

35 / per week - Full-Time
Cowley ,

Oxford BioMedica is a pioneer of gene and cell therapy and our work is helping to deliver life changing treatments.

Gene and cell therapy is the treatment of disease by the delivery of therapeutic DNA into a patient’s cells, providing long term and potentially curative treatments for a wide range of diseases. With the potential to transform medicine, the sector holds significant promise with the first commercial products now launched and others rapidly approaching the market.

Due to our continued growth we are looking for a QC Microbiologist to join our QC team, working in an Aseptic environment.  The purpose of this role is to test and report on raw materials, intermediates, finished products, the manufacturing environment and stability samples to enable product release and meet regulatory requirements.

For this position, your key responsibilities will be:

  • Maintaining a stock control of QC test materials for use within the microbiology lab and production areas
  • Coordinating microbiology OOS/OOT results to help identify contributory factors and assign root cause
  • Participating in continuous improvement initiatives within the department which will enhance working practices
  • Reporting and assisting in investigations to resolve problems
  • Updating departmental documentation and making improvements/adjustments where necessary
  • Providing support to the Senior Microbiologist and QC Manager by training new staff
  • Sterility testing of raw materials, intermediates and final product samples using Sterility testing isolator in a grade C clean room environment
  • Shift work is required

The successful candidate for this QC Microbiologist position will have:

  • Degree or equivalent in a science subject
  • Relevant experience in microbiology product testing techniques
  • Familiarity with environmental monitoring of clean room facilities using methods such as settle plate, active air sampling and particulate monitoring
  • Knowledge of GMP requirements within a pharmaceutical environment
  • Sterility testing experience
  • Strong attention to detail and an ability to manage a variety of tasks under pressure

Contracted Hours

To accommodate specific batch manufacture processes, the following shift pattern will be required for up to 30 weeks during the year: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday – Friday 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Notice of which shift you will be required to work for each batch of manufacture will be provided in advance to allow you sufficient time to plan your availability. A shift allowance is available.

For all other weeks of work (i.e. those which do not include these particular batch manufacture processes) your hours of employment will revert to core office hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with one hour for lunch, which is unpaid.

Working Week

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Travel Applicable


Please note that applications will only be reviewed once a CV has been attached and the Questionnaire has been completed.

No agencies please

Benefits Summary

  • Competitive pension scheme     
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Private Health Care
  • Health Cashback Plan
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)              
  • Life Assurance
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Discount Portal
  • Discretionary Share Option Scheme
  • Discretionary Sharesave Scheme
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Public Transport Season Ticket Loans

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