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Pfizer Associate Microbiologist (2nd Shift) in Kalamazoo, Michigan


The successful candidate will provide microbiological subject-matter expertise within the department, and drive continuous improvement initiatives in support of viable and non-viable monitoring in classified environments as well as support associated laboratory operations. The successful candidate will be part of a specialized dynamic team that interacts with multiple levels and departments throughout the organization to drive change and ensure the high quality and continued supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals to the market.


  • The successful candidate will become a subject matter expert on the laboratory operations needed to support viable and non-viable environmental monitoring in a highly regulated and controlled GMP manufacturing environment.

  • The successful candidate will assist in the overall operation of the laboratory including: review and approval of environmental monitoring results, submission of microbial isolates for identification, continuous improvement of current processes and methods, assisting with daily/weekly scheduling of laboratory technicians and contractors, overseeing qualification of new laboratory equipment, ordering lab supplies, evaluation of testing and lab practices against regulatory standards to ensure continued compliance, assisting with deviation investigations and corrective action/preventative action creation and execution, and creation and revision of standard operating procedures.

  • The candidate will be responsible for individual contributions to achieve team deliverables. May perform work independently, or as an integral member of a team.

  • Interacts with other team members in the laboratory, within the Microbiology department, and with colleagues from other departments (Operations, Quality, Maintenance/Engineering, and Regulatory).


The ideal candidate should have:

  • A B.S. Degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Immunology or other related specialized biological science.

  • Experience (3+ years) in a similar role within the Pharmaceutical and/or Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry (or comparable GLP/GMP Laboratory setting).

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

  • A demonstrated ability to organize time independently, be able to perform several tasks concurrently (ability to multi-task), and be able to meet objectives in a flexible, team-oriented environment.

  • A passion for continuous improvement, excellent project management skills, and experience driving critical projects to completion within agreed upon timelines.


  • In-depth knowledge of viable and non-viable environmental monitoring during pharmaceutical manufacturing and an understanding of aseptic techniques is a plus.

  • Experience defending laboratory practices in regulatory audits is preferred.

  • Experience leading continuous improvement projects is a plus.


  • Ability to analyze complex data and evaluate microbiological results is required.

  • Basic computer skills, such as data entry with a high level of attention to detail, are also required.

  • Long periods of standing, walking, and/or sitting may be needed.

  • Occasional lifting (less than 35 lbs), and reaching may be required. Extended time working at a computer terminal is also required.


Primarily Second Shift: Approx. Noon - 10 PM, 4 days/week

Weekend and/or Holiday hours may be required in order to meet business and/or customer needs.

Occasional travel may be required (

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  • Last Date to Apply: January 27th 2019

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus


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