Senior QC Microbiology Specialist

130 - Quality Services · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department 130 - Quality Services
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About Precision NanoSystems Inc. (PNI)

Precision NanoSystems Inc. (“PNI”) is a manufacturer of instruments, kits and reagents in the global nanomedicine market providing tools for drug development and cell-specific delivery to study, diagnose and treat disease. PNI’s NanoAssemblr family of instruments allow scientists to rapidly develop novel nanomedicine drug candidates for pre-clinical testing.  PNI’s NanoAssemblr Scale-up platform enables the translation of these drug candidates to clinical testing and eventually to commercial use. PNI’s NanoAssemblr™ Transfection Reagents use nanomedicine technology to deliver genetic materials in primary cells vitro and in vivo, enabling disease researchers to easily study gene function in high-value models of disease. PNI sells its products to leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and leading academic institutions in over 20 countries worldwide.  Please find more information at


Position Summary

Reporting to the QC Microbiology Manager, the Senior QC Microbiology Specialist will be responsible to help establish the Microbiology group as we work towards occupancy of our Biomanufacturing Center (BMC) that is currently under construction.  Initially, this role will have a primary focus on document drafting, such as the various SOPs, test methods, specifications and protocols that will define Microbiology group operations and testing to be performed at the BMC.  Strong technical writing skills are required.  From there, the Sr. Specialist will transition to an active and lead role within the Microbiology labs and cleanrooms at the BMC.  This will include a range of sampling, testing and study execution as we work to support planned activities and timelines.     


Areas of Responsibility

  • Draft SOPs, test methods, specifications and protocols applicable to the Microbiology group
  • Perform sampling and routine microbiology testing, including, but not limited to bioburden, sterility, bacterial endotoxins, microbial identification, growth promotion and particulate matter
  • Support method qualification and suitability activities as applicable for Microbiology lab testing
  • Conduct environmental, process, personnel, and utility monitoring programs to support GMP cleanroom operations and utilities
  • Contribute to various studies (e.g. disinfectant efficacy, settle plate and microbial recovery) to support facility and equipment cleaning and monitoring programs
  • Participate in the Aseptic Process Simulation program (e.g., media fills)
  • Prepare accurate summaries and reports, review and trend applicable monitoring data to then set appropriate alert and action limits
  • Mentor and train other QC Microbiology personnel on operations and testing as applicable
  • Follow and maintain lab cleanliness and safety standards
  • Conduct activities in compliance with all applicable SOPs and follow good documentation practices
  • Other tasks as required or assigned


Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum BSc in Microbiology or related field, with at least 5 years relevant work experience in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry
  • Strong understanding of GMP compliance and compendial testing requirements
  • Experience in a range of testing including bioburden and sterility, BET, microbial staining and identification, growth promotion and sub-visible particulate matter
  • Experience with rapid / automated approaches to microbiological testing a definite asset
  • Must be able to gown as required to conduct cleanroom sampling activities
  • An excellent communicator (verbal and written)
  • A proven ability to troubleshoot and solve complex technical issues
  • Experience and ability to work with Risk Group 2 materials
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated and independent work ethic


PNI provides a competitive compensation and benefits package with excellent opportunities for personal growth.


Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Posting valid until filled. No solicitors please.


Precision NanoSystems, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
    130 - Quality Services
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience