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Astellas Pharma Sr. QC Associate, Microbiology in Westborough, Massachusetts

Astellas is announcing a Senior Associate I, QC Microbiology opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


AIRM is seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as a Senior QC Microbiology Associate. This position provides Quality Control Microbiology support to all aspects of a GMP environmental monitoring program and microbiology product testing. Looking for strong experience with environmental monitoring and microbiology assays (endotoxin, bioburden, gram staining etc) and microbial identification in a QC environment. Ability/Flexibility to work weekends is required

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Performing environmental monitoring sampling in manufacturing cleanrooms and lead alert/action limit excursion investigations.

  • Organization and completion of assay documentation and entering data into QC database.

  • Monitor and trend EM data and update management on environmental trends. Implement corrective action plans when necessary.

  • Write, revise and review Standard Operating Procedures and Forms.

  • Lab maintenance and updates on equipment calibrations and equipment use logbooks according to cGMP standards.

  • Implement endotoxin, bioburden and other microbiology testing at AIRM with required validations.

  • Participates in execution of method validations and transfers within and outside of AIRM.

  • Interacting with contract laboratories to support sample testing, data analysis and investigations as required.

  • Perform and lead RCA, Risk assessments and other GMP investigations

  • Participates in facility start-up, commissioning, and validation activities.

  • Support regulatory PAI and GMP audits and inspections in a global environment.

  • Implement GMP systems in QC and ensure compliance with documented policies.

  • Ensures equipment operational readiness and assist with troubleshooting in case of equipment failure.

  • Perform other lab duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology or related field with 5+ years of Quality Control experience or a Master’s degree in Microbiology or related field with 2+ years of Quality Control experience.

  • Knowledge of cGMP, SOP’s and quality control process.

  • Experience in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry.

  • Ability/Flexibility to work weekends is required


  • Experience with USP, ICH guidelines and parenteral test methods

  • Experience with 21CFR Part 11 Compliance

  • Experience with Validation of Analytical Test Methods


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, national holidays, two Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Category GMP Technical Operations

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