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Laboratory Technician (Frozen Panel)

Location: San Jose, CA, United States
Position Type: Unfixed Term
Job Function: Bioscience R&D

A family-owned company, bioMérieux has grown to become a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. For almost 60 years and across the world, we have imagined and developed innovative diagnostics solutions to improve public health. Today, our teams are spread across 44 countries and serve 160 countries with the support of a large distribution network. This includes our SLC site, formerly known as BioFire Diagnostics.

Description

The Company

The world is facing a medical crisis, bacteria are increasingly evolving resistance to even our strongest antibiotics. The problem is already very real and immediate; for example, bloodstream infection leading to sepsis is now responsible for more than half of all deaths in hospitals and is the most expensive condition treated in hospitals. Sepsis mortality rate increases >6% every hour without effective antibiotic treatment. Yet, despite the life and death urgency, and healthcare cost impacts, current methodologies require 3 days to determine the correct antibiotic.

Specific Diagnostics, a bioMerieux company, has developed a breakthrough solution to rapidly determine the effective antibiotic treatment for bloodstream and other acute infections. Used for bloodstream infection Specific’s solution provides results 2 days sooner (1 day vs 3 days).

We offer an opportunity to join us at an inflection point in our commercial growth, with our first commercial product being released new venture capital funding and recognition from major customers and government agencies fueling an expansion of our staff.

 

The Job

  1. Preparation of media, solutions, and buffers necessary for production of MIC assays
  2. Assist in maintaining supplies from internal inventory
  3. Perform and document all manufacturing steps and verification as described in company procedures/policies for the following, but not limited to:
    1. Verify that all media is appropriately labeled and stored based on all regulatory and Master Formulary specifications
    2. Proper Equipment (MDZ autospense , etc) operation and Clean-In-Place (CIP) operation
    3. Calibrations of instruments, scales and meters as needed
    4. Supporting documentation
  4. Maintain a clean and orderly work environment by following the standards set forth in department 5S guidelines - before, during and after production runs. This includes but not limited to:
    1. Cleaning and organizing lab workspace,
    2. Cleaning instrumentation/equipment,
    3. Sweeping and/or mopping floor as needed,
    4. Organizing and maintaining workstations according to 5s principles,
    5. Any unspecified actions required to maintain 5s compliance.
  5. Inspect and ensure all equipment is calibrated and in working order before performing any manufacturing task. Inform Team Lead of any items found in need of repair immediately to prevent production delays.  Perform start up and shut down procedures for the Lab equipment as described in company procedures/policies.
  6. Participate in the new product development and assist with new product transition to production from R&D and Industrialization as required.
  7. Maintain adequate inventories of general lab supplies and inform department’s designated purchasing resource when additional items are required. Maintain FEFO and FIFO for all long-term stocks, broths and panel components.
  8. Reasonable, reliable attendance and punctuality is an essential job function required for this position.
  9. Performs other duties as requested by Team Lead or management.

 

 

KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry is required
  2. A minimum of one (1) year wet chemistry and/or bench work experience preferred.
  3. Ability to work effectively and efficiently toward goal completion in a complex, diverse environment with multiple and changing demands. Excellent problem solving, time management and laboratory skills.
  4. Ability to work independently and in groups.
  5. Knowledge of sterile techniques and general laboratory procedures.
  6. Working knowledge of GLP/GMP and ISO guidelines.
  7. Strong PC Skills (MS Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook; SAP desired)

 

 

IMPACT / MANAGEMENT SCOPE
Delegation of daily work assignments, break and lunch schedule, resolving minor production challenges

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work involves performing computer applications and standing for extended periods of time.

May be exposed to and require the handling of antibiotics and hazardous materials.

May be exposed to odors incurred during media production.

Lab work is performed wearing a hairnet, safety glasses and a lab coat.  Excellent personal hygiene required. 

May be required to operate a forklift.

May be required to work extended and/or overtime hours.

Reasonable, reliable attendance and punctuality is an essential job function required for this position.

Must be able to lift up to fifty (50) pounds


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BioMérieux Inc. and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Please be advised that the receipt of satisfactory responses to reference requests and the provision of satisfactory proof of an applicant’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States are required of all new hires. Any misrepresentation, falsification, or material omission may result in the failure to receive an offer, the retraction of an offer, or if already hired, dismissal. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation in BioMérieux’s or its affiliates’ application process by contacting us via telephone at (385) 770-1132, by email at [email protected], or by dialing 711 for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

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