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Microbiologist, R&d and Method Optimisation (Contract)

March 2 2021
Categories Health, Medical, Laboratory, Diagnostics, Medical Imaging, Microbiology, Pharma, Biotech, Sciences, R&D, Pharma, Biotech, Sciences, R&D, Research and development, Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain, Purchasing
Richmond Hill, ON

About Apotex Inc.

Apotex Inc. is a proudly Canadian, global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality, affordable medicines for patients around the world. Apotex employs almost 8,000 people worldwide in manufacturing, R&D, and commercial operations. Apotex Inc. exports to more than 100 countries and territories and operates in more than 45 countries, with a significant presence in Canada, the US, Mexico, and India. Through vertical integration, Apotex is comprised of multiple divisions and affiliates including Apotex Inc., focused on generics; Apobiologix, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on biosimilar development; Aveva, an affiliate of Apotex Inc. fully integrated global developer and manufacturer of complete transdermal solutions; Apotex Consumer Products, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on brand name products; and Global Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (GAPI), a division of Apotex Inc. focused on the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for Apotex and third parties. For more information visit:

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Supervisor R&D and Method Optimization, the Microbiologist QS5 will participate in projects for developing suitable test methods and continuous improvement in methods or method execution.

Under the guidance of the supervisor, the Microbiologist QS5 will support projects for Formulation Development, Research and Development and contract manufacturing partners within the worldwide Apotex microbiology network

Job Responsibilities

  • Displays an understanding of and proficiency in microbiological method development. Conducts method suitability testing.
  • Good understanding of microbiology and the compendial requirements pertaining to method suitability testing. Works collaboratively with microbiologists and the supervisor in troubleshooting obstacles.
  • Demonstrates a good working knowledge of LIMS.
  • Assists senior microbiologist in the execution of protocols.
  • Plans individual projects to ensure timely completion.
  • With a keen eye for detail, reviews work for accuracy and alignment with procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; clear and concise technical writer.
  • Assists with projects in support of the global harmonization of microbial practices, processes and procedures.
  • Assists with projects for Formulation Development/ Research and Development business partners.
  • Coordinates and monitors the availability of laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Works within cross-functional teams; communicates progress effectively to other team members.
  • Promotes a positive work environment, motivating peers.
  • Works in a safe manner collaborating as a team member to achieve all outcomes.
  • Demonstrate Behaviours that exhibit our organizational Values: Collaboration, Courage, Perseverance, and Passion.
  • Ensure personal adherence with all compliance programs including the Global Business Ethics and Compliance Program, Global Quality policies and procedures, Safety and Environment policies, and HR policies.

All other relevant duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Education
    • Sc. in Microbiology, or similar qualification in closely related field.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Good Computer skills; prior experience with LIMS would be an advantage.
    • Able to interpret results and perform work with minimal supervision.
    • Good knowledge of microbiological techniques.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Detail oriented with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of compendia, regulatory requirements and Good Laboratory Practices.
  • Proven organizational and time management skills, as demonstrated through previous work and/or educational experience.
  • Experience
    • 1 years’ experience in a microbiology laboratory preferred. Experience in pharmaceutical microbiology an asset.

Experience working with microbial cultures and microbiological method verification/qualification preferred

At Apotex, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported.

Apotex offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation. network