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Job Title:  Production Microbiologist

Req ID:  17017
Job Category:  Quality
Country:  US
State:  OH
City:  Mentor
Zip:  44060

At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

The Production Microbiologist is a scientist responsible for the propagation, harvest, and suspension of spore crops generated at the Pinecone Biological Operations facility. Exercising scientific technique, the individual generates the critical component for the Biological Indicators (B.I.’s) manufactured on-site.

  1. Propagates spore populations using aseptic, scientific technique following the guidelines of AAMI, ISO, FDA and the USP.
  2. Determines disposition of spore crops according to microbiological tests including gram-staining, morphological characterization, death kinetics and population.
  3. Prepares a spore suspension for inoculation on carrier material.
  4. Reworks spore suspensions not within described specifications.
  5. Performs pre-qualification testing of the spore suspension, media, carrier material, and packaging materials to ensure material compatibility and performance viability.
  6. Completes forms and reports documenting spore production activities to complete the Device History Record (DHR).
  7. Calibrates, verifies, cleans and maintains equipment (including associated documentation) on a regimented basis.
  8. Multitasks and completes daily schedule of equipment calibration, spore production, prequal testing and nightly clean up.
  9. Completes process studies investigating biological dynamics and/or equipment capabilities and documents findings in reports.
  10. Assists peers in review of calculations for documentation accuracy.
  11. Trains new hires in Spore Production responsibilities.
  12. Completes tasks and projects assigned by management.
Required Experience
  1. Bachelors of Science in Biology (preferably with a concentration in microbiology).
  2. Minimum 2 years academic laboratory experience.
Working Conditions
Laboratory with exposure to chemicals


STERIS is a $2B+, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with approximately 12,000 associates worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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