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QC Assistant Scientist I/II

Posted on: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Organization: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Location: Syracuse, NY
Description:

The Syracuse Biologics Manufacturing operation produces clinical, commercial and launch biologics drug substance at its 5000L scale manufacturing facility (mammalian cell process) in Syracuse, New York.  

The QC Assistant Scientist conducts routine general chemical and/or biological testing of materials and products for in-process, release and stability purposes, in compliance with all applicable procedures and regulations.  A variety of duties are performed by an Assistant Scientist relating to the efficient and effective functioning of the Quality Control laboratory.

Duties/Responsibilities:  

A successful candidate for the position of Assistant Scientist I/II within the QC organization will carry out duties in compliance with all local, state, federal regulations and guidelines including FDA, EPA and OSHA, as well as all company and site policies and procedures. The duties a SQC Assistant Scientist will include conducting routine and non-routine testing of materials and products using a variety of equipment and test methods upon demonstrating the ability to perform and understand required methods. Each analyst is responsible for capturing data accurately and in a timely manner, followed by promptly entering testing results within the appropriate data collection system (e.g., LIMS, etc). It is the responsibility of a member of the Quality Control organization that an individual must have the ability to maintain detailed records in compliance with applicable cGMP, safety and environmental requirements. The authoring, reviewing and modification of documents such as SOPs, protocols, investigations and other lab documents may be required. An Assistant Scientist must maintain routine equipment and instrumentation along with performing calibrations as required, to ensure instrumentation is within a compliant state. As part of working in a laboratory setting, individuals will need to maintain inventory to ensure testing is not disrupted, as well as perform routine housekeeping to ensure the lab area is continuously maintained in a safe, orderly and compliant state.

Work Environment: 

This position is a lab-based position which requires appropriate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE).

This role will require:

  • Contact with biohazardous materials such as live cell cultures and other hazardous chemicals including methotrexate, acids, and caustics.
  • Powdered materials and high temperature liquids and solids may also need to be handled.
  • Frequent repeated motions such as pipetting, lifting, bending, twisting, squatting, crouching, kneeling, climbing on step-stools, and reaching is required.
  • This role also requires frequent unassisted lifting (not to exceed 50 lbs).
  • Repetitive use of arms/hands/wrists and grasping is also required.
  • Depending on the work demands, office-based work requires sitting.
  • This position is based indoors and will primarily require working with others, but also independently and alone at times.
  • This position is a team-based position that may require shift work, weekends, and holidays.
Requirements:

Specific Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, etc: 

It is preferred that a candidate for the position have analytical experience with ELISA, PCR, cell-based bioassay, gel electrophoresis, and/or B7.

A candidate for the position should have:

Assistant Scientist I:

  • Ability to perform limited data analysis and data review.
  • An understanding of basic scientific concepts and an interest/enthusiasm for further learning.
  • Basic understanding of daily lab functions, maintenance, safety, cGMP and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Ability to perform consistent delivery of accurate and complete experimental records.
  • Ability to carry out assigned laboratory work and other basic functional duties.
  • Ability to work under direct supervision.

Assistant Scientist II:

  • Ability to perform routine data analysis.
  • Have proficiency to evaluate and interpret data.
  • Carry out assigned laboratory work and other functional duties.
  • Basic understanding of daily lab functions, maintenance, safety, cGMP and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Be able to consistently deliver accurate and complete experimental records.
  • An understanding of basic scientific concepts and an interest/enthusiasm for further learning.
  • Ability to work under supervision.
  • Capability to deliver results in line with project and team objectives.

Education/Experience/ Licenses/Certifications: 

Assistant Scientist I:

  • Minimum BS degree in scientific area with no experience (0-3 years) and be able to demonstrate theoretical understanding of scientific area of study.
  • Demonstrate problem solving ability, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize objectives from multiple projects, adhere to scheduled timelines while maintaining flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Contribute to a team based, collaborative, and positive environment, clarity of purpose and high commitment to business goals.

Assistant Scientist II:

  • Minimum BS degree in scientific area with limited experience (at least 2 years) and be able to demonstrate theoretical understanding of scientific area of study.
  • Demonstrate problem solving ability, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize objectives from multiple projects, adhere to scheduled timelines while maintaining flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Contribute to a team based, collaborative, and positive environment, clarity of purpose and high commitment to business goals.

Physical Demands:

  • Vision (Acuity, color-correction allowed)
  • Reaching (Shoulder)
  • Repetitive (Use of Arm, Hands, Wrists)
  • Unassisted lifting of items, not to exceed 50 lbs
  • Bending/Stooping

This position requires up to 5% of travel.

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