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Cambrex High Point Microbiology Analyst in Agawam, Massachusetts

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You Matter to Cambrex.

Cambrex is a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. With more than 40 years of experience and a growing team of over 2,400 professionals servicing global clients, Cambrex is a trusted partner in branded and generic markets for API and dosage form development and manufacturing.

Your Work Matters.

At Cambrex, we strive to build a culture where all colleagues have the opportunity to:

  • engage in work that matters to our customers and the patients they serve

  • learn new skills and enjoy new experiences in an engaging and safe environment

  • strengthen connections with coworkers and the community

    We’re committed to attracting and nurturing a passionate team of valued professionals in our fast-paced and growing company. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Life, LTD, retirement savings and more!

    Your Future Matters.

    Known for our customer-focused scientific and manufacturing excellence, as well as our strong commitment to quality and safety, we offer a range of career and growth opportunities across our global network of locations. Together with our customers, we aim to improve the quality of life for patients around the world. Start a career where You Matter by applying today!

Job Overview

Microbiology Analysts of all experience levels are encouraged to apply. The Agawam site is the microbiology center of excellence for the Cambrex organization. The Microbiology Analyst I will support the Microbiology team. Duties include general microbiological aseptic techniques and general lab work, including pour plating, membrane filtration, dilutions, and basic staining. Additionally, this role will be responsible for general lab maintenance and dish washing. Effective client interaction is expected.


• Communicates and interacts appropriately and effectively with clients • Perform testing per written instruction on a variety of internal and client sample types • Identifies technical or system problems and bring them to the appropriate personnel for resolution • Perform routine clean up and required maintenance of the lab • Prepare and maintain a supply of disinfectant solutions • Ensure the lab is fully supplied with routine materials needed for testing • Perform routine monitoring of laboratory • Maintain supply of stock cultures • Perform general microscopy • Perform a variety of microbiological testing as assigned (i.e. pour-plating, membrane filtration, dilutions, basic staining, growth promotion testing, plate enumeration, morphological assessment) • Meets standards for basic aseptic techniques • Accurately perform laboratory writeups and data entry activities • Properly document all activities and check all paperwork to ensure accuracy prior to submission for review • Perform basic preventive maintenance activities on equipment • Perform a variety of microbiological laboratory support activities as assigned • Continue to learn microbiology techniques, procedures, and equipment use • Assist with the preparation of microbiological media and maintenance of bacterial cultures. • Follow and adhere to all applicable written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and technical guidance documents • Assist laboratory personnel as needed • Actively and effectively participate in lab meetings • Maintains an orderly and safe working environment • Adheres to cGMP rules and regulations • Must be able to work the necessary hours to meet objectives • Other duties as assigned by management


Knowledge • Good lab techniques • Good understanding of GMP requirements • Good understanding of company SOPS and requirements

Skills and Abilities • Ability to perform routine technical level applications • Ability to perform basic troubleshooting with computer systems • Ability to meet proper gowning requirements for aseptic conditions • Ability to maintain positive attendance record • Good mathematical skills • Good attention to detail • Ability to perform assigned tasks in a timely and efficient manner • Ability to follow procedures and record data per documentation requirements • Good verbal & written communication skills • Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and follow standard operating procedures • Goal oriented, with basic time management and organizational skills • Working knowledge of MS Office Products • Positive attitude and the ability to work in a team environment • Normal color vision (with correction) sufficient to perform routine laboratory procedures • Effective team player

Education, Experience & Licensing Requirements

  • Related BA/BS degree with 0 – 2+ years laboratory experience or equivalent

    Cambrex is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


    Supervision Received: Direct Works under direct supervision.

    Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals within defined procedures and practices. Seeks management direction for problems of diverse scope.

    Travel: Not applicable

    Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and to reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee may be occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee may be required to regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision.

    Environment and Protective Equipment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The employee may be required to gain access to lab, manufacturing or clinical areas for inspections or work discussions. The employee is required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment to perform the job duties. Such personal protective equipment may include but is not limited to: safety eyewear, various types of respirators/breathing apparatus, lab coats, gloves, etc.