Valent BioSciences is a global organization that embraces a team-focused, fast-paced, challenging and professional work environment offering its employees room to grow. As a leading supplier of environmentally friendly, highly effective products and services for agriculture, public health, and forestry, we are always looking for people who share our passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for people worldwide. The Valent Biosciences manufacturing site located on an expansive 73-acre site in Osage, IA is a state of the art 130,000 square foot plant and is the largest purpose-built biorational facility in the world. It serves as the manufacturing and quality control center for Valent Biosciences broad portfolio of fermentation products.
JOB SUMMARY and KEY OBJECTIVES
This position is responsible for testing of in-process and final product for Valent BioSciences, LLC. The individual will be responsible for scheduling the insects for testing purposes as well as maintaining and ensuring the availability of materials needed for testing. The individual must adhere to testing schedules to accomplish a high volume of critical work without compromising the integrity of the results while meeting the scheduling needs of manufacturing. Good documentation practices and well as the ability to follow and comprehend a written procedure is a requirement.
Bioassay testing of raw materials, in-process, and finished goods.
Advanced troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation and administer simple repairs as needed.
Completion of test records and data entry.
Cleaning, calibration and maintenance of lab equipment and instrumentation.
Daily, weekly and monthly cleaning as required.
Perform calculation and evaluation of insect bioassay results based on probit analysis utilizing Microsoft Excel and a specified statistical analysis program.
Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) testing in accordance to regulations.
Responsibilities (ISO 17025)
Comply with the QMS in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
Responsible for supporting the Quality Manual and associated QMS documents.
Notify supervisor if facility and environmental conditions are not suitable for lab activities.
Identify and report deviations/nonconforming work and participate in corrective/preventive actions as needed.
Follow standard test methods and other work instructions and document quality activities as required. This includes handling of samples and performing analyses.
Maintains and standardize equipment.
Participate in continuous improvement activities in the laboratory.
Additional Responsibilities and Tasks
Preparation of standards and stock solutions.
Maintenance of test methods and test procedures for the bioassay laboratories.
Data Entry within Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
Conduct and / or assist with laboratory investigations and deviations.
Rearing and maintenance of the insect colonies to a high-quality standard as needed.
Preparation of insect diets as needed.
Must have flexibility to work some off-shift and weekend hours.
Performs other tasks as specified by the manager/director.
B.A or B.S. in Entomology, Microbiology, Virology, Biology, Chemistry or related field. Minimum of 5 years experience in a pharmaceutical laboratory will be considered in lieu of degree.
Experience with Good Aseptic Technique.
Experience with Good Lab Practices (GLP).
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) experience or knowledge is beneficial.
Experience with insect rearing and maintenance of insect colonies desired but not required.
Experience with bioassay methods desired but not required.
Understanding of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and other spreadsheet/database software.
Good inter-departmental communication (written / verbal) required.
Ability to comprehend and understand written scientific procedures.
Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data.
Ability to write scientific procedures.
We welcome the opportunity to review your qualifications.
Valent BioSciences LLC is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.