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Quality Control Scientist 1

Location Frederick, Maryland, United States Job ID R-119515 Date posted 16/09/2021

Quality Control Microbiology Scientist- Frederick, MD- Operations

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe.

Our Frederick facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. We make a direct contribution to treating people with cancer, respiratory and autoimmune conditions across the globe. From catered site festivities to competitive events, community outreach activities, environmental and wellness showcases and team-building events, we take time to recognize our achievements. The Frederick Manufacturing Center is dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration. We host yearly Inclusion and Diversity conferences and have an employee resource group devoted to promoting diversity and inclusion and enhancing employees' professional development through interactive and engaging events and initiatives. We are also an award-winning employer and has been recognized as a ‘Top 50’ Business in Frederick, and Frederick County’s ‘Best Place to Work’ distinction in 2015 and 2019.

As a Quality Control Microbiology Scientist you will conduct or participate in multiple simultaneous projects that are complex and technically demanding within the area/field of QC and play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

What you’ll do

  • Initiates, implements, plans, directs, and executes investigations to resolve deviations, understand analytical trends, and/or improve process performance. 
  • Responsible for balancing day-to-day technical support for QC labs and longer term projects or investigations.
  • Assumes leadership responsibility for analytical tech transfer programs, operating as receiving and/or sending unit.
  • Facilitates global analytical tech transfer programs, accommodating country-specific requirements to ensure successful transfer.
  • Responsible for maintaining technical expertise on several areas and instrumentation for microbiological testing as assigned
  • Possesses working knowledge on process unit operations within a section of the manufacturing process (either upstream, downstream, or fill/pack) as assigned.
  • Makes detailed observations, analyzes data, and interprets results.
  • Responsible for writing/reviewing sections of regulatory documents.
  • Maintains up to date familiarity with applicable regulations and regulatory guidance associated with analytical method design/transfer/validation requirements.

Essential for the role:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Science. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least six (6) years of Microbiology experience in Scientific / Biotech / Pharmaceutical field with a BS or four (4) years of Microbiology experience with a MS.
  • Experience with investigational writing and method validation required. 
  • Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing principles and documentation.
  • Strong collaboration and project management skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be an excellent fit, please share this posting with them.

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About Operations

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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Great culture, great work assignments, supportive management. Rotation opportunity within the company. They value inclusion and diversity.