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Microbiologist I

Company: Akorn, Inc.
Location: Decatur
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description


Under limited supervision, the Microbiologist I is responsible for performing microbiological testing of products and raw materials, reading environmental monitoring plates from controlled areas, microbial identification work and other applicable duties.


Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Perform routine microbiological testing of products according to SOPs and Methods.
  • Documents routine procedures following laboratory and company guidelines.
  • Reviews and approves work performed by technician and peers.
  • Plans and performs investigations of failing products results and environmental monitoring results.
  • Performs microscopic analysis of products and commodities.
  • Performs microbiological identifications.
  • Coordinates and tracks testing required for completion of Microbial Product Development Report (MPDR). Issue Status reports and writes Product Development Report.
  • Approves product specification for release in management absence.
  • Assist generating deviation and investigation reports under the supervision of Microbiology Supervisor.
  • Perform the microbiological support for media fill inspection as per SOPs.
  • Assist on the generation of outside source information retrieval and evaluation in support of special project work.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to meet attendance standards.

All full-time employees are required to work a 40-hr week.

At times it may be necessary to work additional hours in order to get the required tasks accomplished to meet deadlines.


Bachelor's degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university with Major in Microbiology and one to two years related experience and/or training; or MS degree and no previous Pharmaceutical experience.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to perform repetitive laboratory functions requiring extensive use of hand and wrists.

Mental Requirements include:

  • Ability to hear accurately the spoken word with moderate office noise or plant noise
  • Ability to apply deductive reasoning and understand complicated issues
  • Ability to receive instructions and follow work rules and company policies
  • Ability to follow safety and security practices
  • Ability to meet deadlines and effectively deal with office stress
  • Ability to accurately communicate ideas, facts and technical information
  • Maintain confidentiality of certain information

Keywords: Akorn, Inc., Decatur , Microbiologist I, Other , Decatur, Illinois

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