Scientist 3 - Drug Product Microbiologist

Parexel FSP - USA
United States
Start date
15 Nov 2023
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Job Details

We are looking to fill a microbiologist position working as a full-time employee of Parexel FSP on long-term assignment onsite at one of our clients in Rahway, NJ.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; concentration in a scientific or applied discipline strongly preferred
  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience in pharmaceutical microbiology related position required (occasional overtime)

Required Skills and Experience
  • Solid microbiology foundation with experience in performing product testing
  • Proven technical writing skills (SOPs, protocols)

Desired Skills and Experience
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries preferred
  • Experience with environmental monitoring and water testing preferred


  • Analyze samples and compile meaningful data
  • Perform Investigations and prepare/respond to CAPA
  • Review, revise Test Procedures/Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ad Hoc work
  • Rotational on-call assignments

MICROBIOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES Include (but not limited to) :
  • Receive, verify & Log in samples
  • Return templates and shipping paperwork when and where appropriate
  • Compile and trend data
  • Prepare and ship materials offsite for ID/testing (when applicable)
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Stock culture management and quality control of same
  • Biological indicator management
  • Bioburden testing
  • Water sampling
  • Microbiological media management and quality control of same
  • Sterilization activities
  • Research experiments as deemed appropriate by Merck management
  • Method Validation/Qualification
  • Other microbiological activities
  • Rotational on-call assignments for responding to alarms

  • Execute “Before-Use” calibrations prior to performing testing
  • Review calibration data within the ELN
  • Prepare and submit equipment for calibrations (offsite or onsite)
  • Complete calibration/PM paperwork
  • PROCAL Entries

  • Prepare GMP documentation as requested by management
  • Perform laboratory sanitizations and ensure cleanliness of laboratory workspace
  • Perform equipment sanitizations (incubators / hoods / refrigerators)
  • Purchase supplies (GMP)
  • Prepare and send documents to Records Center

  • Initiate, facilitate, and perform Investigations and NOEs (Notice of Event-NOE) for Environmental samples [NOE for Microbiological Environment Event (MEN)]
  • Inform management of non-conforming events

  • Participate in audits (Regulatory, In-house, Corporate)
  • Participate in self-inspections and safety inspections
  • Retrieve data when requested by Microbiology management

  • Complete assigned training when required
  • Ensure training is complete prior to performing tasks

The role requires working more than 40 hours per week (an average of 16 hours per month). This requirement is factored into the compensation.

This role may be subject to government and/or customer requirements regarding vaccination against COVID-19 that are more stringent than Parexel policy. Accordingly, successful applicants may need to be either vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved religious or medical exemption. Employment is contingent on disclosure of your COVID-19 vaccination status and, if relevant, proof of vaccination.

About Parexel

Parexel FSP includes the CMC Operations group. We provide pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies with qualified and talented technical professionals to support the development and delivery of new therapies.

For results-driven and caring individuals who want to make a meaningful difference in the world, Parexel is trusted by life sciences companies to meet their long-term staffing needs for scientists and engineers and related professionals in discovery and development of novel therapies, keeping patients at the center of everything we do, and where an inclusive community helps you be your best, transforming any career into a life-changing achievement.

Come join us!


Parexel FSP provides biopharmaceutical companies with qualified and talented professionals to accelerate the development and delivery of new therapies. We can offer a single expert or an entire department.

Our world-class network of experts helps to scale clinical trials, accelerate timelines, and maximize efficiency throughout development. We work every day to improve the world’s health.


From clinical trial management to regulatory, consulting, and market access, every clinical development solution we provide is underpinned by something special – a deep conviction in what we do. We’re not just the people with brains, we’re the people With Heart®.

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