QC Microbiologist

Req ID:  211831

Keele, GB, ST5 5SP

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Job Summary


We are currently looking to recruit a Quality Control Microbiologist within the QC Department at our site in Keele, Staffordshire. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting and participating in the GMP environmental testing regimes within the Manufacturing facility and in related microbiological and cell culture activities within the QC group.

Profile and Requirements


Main duties will include:


•    Perform water testing and to support full environmental monitoring of the GMP facility.
•    Generate data using the methods developed and record it in a way that allows the ongoing status of clean rooms and equipment to be assessed and reviewed
•    Perform gowning qualification of operators
•    Perform testing and release of raw materials and equipment for GMP operations
•    Support fermenter, autoclave and media fill validations.
•    To apply standard microbiological methods to characterise cell banks and perform microbial identification
•    Ensure that all work is carried out safely and in compliance with the requirements of HSE and cGMPs
•    Report any environmental excursions or other deficiencies promptly in accordance with standard procedures
•    To ensure GMP compliance is maintained, as defined in the Company Quality system, for all assigned programmes of work both contracted and routine operations.
•    To identify and report quality or compliance deficiencies and suggest remedies


You will ideally be educated to degree level or equivalent in a scientific related subject, ideally Microbiology. Previous GMP experience, knowledge and experience of clean rooms, environmental monitoring and water sampling/testing techniques is desirable, although not essential.


In addition, you will be able to demonstrate strong written, verbal communication skills and practical skills.


This role is office based in Keele, Staffordshire.


About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.


For more information, please visit www.criver.com.