A QC Microbiologist test samples from different stages in vaccine production. Samples can come from the finished product or anything which goes into the final product.
Testing includes water filtration (samples from all the taps in the production site are tested to ensure they are clean), bioburdens and endotoxin testing. A senior QC Microbiologist tests the samples but also ensures that all data is inputted correctly and the results are verified.
Their main role is to ensure the backlog of results are verified and signed off for processing. Until all results are signed off, batches of vaccines cannot be released. Senior QC Microbiologists must also distribute and test biological indicators for the validation of autoclaves and safety cabinets during their annual re-qualifications.
The role encourages you to work closely with your colleagues within the team and there are different challenges to deal with.
A potential route in getting into the pharmaceutical industry as a QC Microbiologist is by studying Biology as a degree and specialising in Microbiology. After the qualification is gained, people who become QC Microbiologists, first enter the industry with a graduate job as a Microbiologist and work their way up from there.
QC Microbiologist’s deal with varieties of different departments, it is important to prioritise everyone’s needs.
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