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Quality Control Microbiologist I

University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

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MU Research Reactor

A life-saving operation in the middle of America — University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) — needs you to help guide its future. MURR is expanding its critical cancer-fighting and medical isotope production.
MURR’s reactor is the highest-power university research reactor in the United States, operating at 10 megawatts, 6.5 days a week and 52 weeks a year. The MURR facility enables research across many disciplines – From investigating ancient cultures and how plants respond to their environment, to analyzing industrial materials and developing radiopharmaceuticals that have lifesaving clinical applications. The MURR facility is a reliable resource for researchers, scientists, engineers and students across the country.

Be a part of the future of fighting cancer and saving lives.

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Job Description

The Quality Control Microbiology Group at the MU Research Reactor is seeking candidates for our open Quality Control Microbiologist I position.

The responsibilities for this position include the following:

• Training on and adherence to written procedures for cGMP (current good manufacturing practices – part of the FDA’s guidelines for production and quality control in the pharmaceutical industry) documentation, data review, equipment use and maintenance, cleanroom gowning and etiquette, cleanroom cleaning and disinfection, aseptic technique and aseptic gowning, radiation and laboratory safety, reports and investigations, and analytical testing
• Environmental monitoring (measurement of viable and non-viable particles using dedicated equipment such as air samplers and particle counters, microbiological test media incubation, enumeration and characterization/identification of microbial isolates, documentation and review of test results to ensure compliance with established alert/action levels and limits for the associated ISO classification of the test area, data entry and statistical analysis of trends, investigation of adverse events/trends for root cause analysis and corrective and preventive action, summary report generation, submission of documentation for review and archival
• Sterility, endotoxin, and bioburden testing of radiopharmaceutical APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients)/products and components
• Cleaning and disinfection of cleanrooms and related equipment on a routine basis using dedicated disinfectants and techniques per a written procedure
• Inventory management (tracking expiration/calibration due dates, restocking materials/equipment, proper disposal of expired materials, etc.)
• Performance of qualification procedures for equipment and test materials, including microbiological media
• Routine review of and response to excursions for digital temperature and humidity datalogger data
• Writing reports, investigations, instructions, and standard operating procedures
• Training of colleagues on procedures performed by the QC microbiology group
• Method development and validation testing as needed

New members of the Quality Control Microbiology group receive comprehensive training to develop the unique set of skills and knowledge that apply to the work we do so this position is ideal for candidates with a growth mindset who are highly observant and have an aptitude for critical thinking and learning new skills and information.

The Quality Control Microbiology group has an established progression plan that can provide group members with a reliable means of achieving advancements and raises as they acquire higher levels of training and skills in the position.

Successful candidates will be fluent and effective communicators with exceptional organizational and time management skills. They must demonstrate the following durable skills: leadership, character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, mindfulness, growth mindset, and fortitude. Additionally, confidentiality, integrity, and a commitment to university values in their actions.

Must be available for reliable and consistent onsite work during business hours and occasional evenings and weekends.


Monday - Friday, 8:00-5:00pm, some occasional evening and weekend work to be discussed in an interview.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

At least 6 months with direct experience with current Good Manufacturing Practices and radioactive material handling or 2 years related experience in microbiology lab.

Anticipated Hiring Range

Hiring Salary: $19.75 per hour

Grade: GGS-006

University Title: Senior Research/Lab Technician

Internal applicants can determine their University title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Community Information

Columbia offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests. Founded on education and known as an ideal college town, its location also makes it an attractive spot for businesses and travelers. Located on Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 63, Columbia is right in the middle of the state and the nation. Just a couple hours’ drive from St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is Boone County’s largest population center offering big-city culture, activities, and resources with a low cost of living. Columbia is home to a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen cultural festivals each year. If you want to grow your career, continue your education, raise a family, and retire, Columbia is a good place to be!

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.




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Mizzou empowers employees to make a lasting financial plan with retirement plan options, some of which are accessible to all faculty and staff, no matter their eligibility for other benefits.

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