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Thermo Fisher Scientific Production Laboratory Specialist II (QC Organisms) in Lenexa, Kansas

When you're part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you'll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you'll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Job Description

Job Title: Production Laboratory Specialist II

Reports To: QCO Manager

Group/Division: Specialty Diagnostics Group /Microbiology Division

Career Band: 2

Job Track: Associate

Position Location: Lenexa, KS

Day/Shift (if applicable): Day Shift

FLSA Status (Exempt/Non-Exempt): Non-Exempt


The Production Specialist is responsible for manufacturing all Quality Control Organism product lines (Culti-Loop, Quanti-Cult, and Bacti-Disks) and propagation and maintenance of all associated microbial organisms.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the appropriate production paperwork is generated based on SAP generated DHRs at a minimum of one week prior to the production date; ensures that the paperwork is accurate prior to releasing it to the dispensing area; and, ensures that the scheduled organisms are started and inoculated on the appropriate days.

  • Receive and process all new stocks in a timely manner, generate the required paperwork, and place the stocks into the ultra low freezer.

  • Monitor the culture media requirements for the production lab and media prep lab and orders media as needed.

  • Participate in a weekend rotation for starting and inoculating organisms for production as well as attends daily production meetings.

  • Maintain and clean all work areas and biosafety hoods, monitor incubator and room temperatures daily and strictly adhere to all standard operating procedures.

  • Ensure equipment, including pipettors, heat stir plates, biosafety cabinets, spectrophotometers, etc. are calibrated before use.

  • Operation of PCR for organism identifications.

  • Support and participate in PPI teams.

  • Create and maintain a safe work environment and work with the Safety Committee to investigate and correct potential problems, perform monthly safety GEMBA.

  • Follow all Standard Operating Procedures, Device History Records, etc to ensure products are manufactured in accordance with current GMP. Report discrepancies in procedures to supervisor.

  • Maintain good personal hygiene. Wear designated uniform maintained in good condition.

  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment as required. Refer to SOP or job Safety Analysis.

  • Perform all work activities in a safe manner. Maintain a safe and clutter free work area. Clean up all spills immediately.

  • Maintain a disciplined environment and enforce departmental and company policies.

  • Report property damage and /or safety hazards to the Supervisor, Human Resources, Safety Specialist or Senior Management immediately.

  • Comply with all company personnel policies.

  • Update inspection plans in SAP as required.

  • In addition, other duties may be assigned as the need arises.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Must possess the following:

  • Undergraduate degree in Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Biotechnology, or other related filed and 2-4 years of work experience in a microbiology laboratory.

  • Must possess experience in Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • This person must be focused, organized and must be able to pay attention to detail.

  • Able to wear protective clothing and equipment as described by the standard operating procedure.

  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time and possess manual dexterity necessary for inoculating and streaking plates, harvesting cultures, and for pipetting.

  • Must be able to perform and demonstrate a high level of aseptic technique.

  • Possess the ability to work well with others, self motivated, and able to collaborate with others in scheduling production/projects.

Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:

  • Must have a high school degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

  • Must be able to communicate, comprehend and follow instructions, both written and verbally, using the English language.

  • Ability to see and distinguish colors.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission-enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.