Senior Quality Control Laboratory Technician

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description


Our Animal Health facility located in Millsboro, DE is a Biotechnology Center of Excellence that manufactures, fills, packages and distributes vaccines for animals. Our site is responsible for mammalian, insect and avian cell culture production, live bird vaccine production, embryonated egg vaccine production, roller bottle vaccine production, bioreactor vaccine production and down-stream processing (water in oil emulsions, aseptic filling, lyophilization, etc.)

The Senior Quality Control Laboratory Technician is responsible for conducting advanced laboratory procedures independently under leadership of area lead and department manager for the testing of veterinary biologicals according to strict government and company-imposed guidelines while working with a variety of technical equipment while completing Quality Testing.

At all times technicians must follow Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and adhere to all safety and company policies, perform duties assigned by department management. A Senior Quality Control Laboratory Technician must possess thorough knowledge of the underlying principles used in testing procedures and understand the material being evaluated, i.e. virus, bacteria, cell line, etc.

Key Functions

+ Demonstrates, at all times, safe work habits and maintains a safe work environment

+ Understands and complies with all safety and company policies and procedures

+ Perform troubleshooting of test methods, with the ability to evaluate and implement new procedures

+ Maintain and evaluate the sequential analysis of the testing standards used in the area of the assignment

+ Responsible for the entry of test results in the QC tracking system and the cross-check of records

+ Clean work areas including floors, walls, tables, etc.

+ Equipment set-up and operations

+ Concurrent record keeping including charts, log books, and all pertinent documentation

+ Report all unusual, non-routing occurrences when performing tasks

+ Perform more advanced mathematical calculations, conversions and formulations

+ Technicians may be responsible for accumulation, labeling and management of hazardous, universal and/or infectious wastes

+ Participation in project teams and/or complete design of special projects

Environmental Working Conditions

+ Indoor/Outdoor work which includes varying temperatures, entering coolers and freezers

+ Majority of time is spent standing, walking, pushing, pulling and lifting

+ Required to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis

+ Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is required per Safety Policy | Examples of required PPE are: safety glasses, safety shoes, LN gear, face shield, apron, gloves


+ Required | Associate’s degree in science plus three years’ experience.

+ Preferred | Bachelor’s degree in science discipline

Experience | Skills | Knowledge


+ Experience with analytical instrumentation | Microscopic analysis and biological assays

+ Proven analytical aptitude and critical thinking skills

+ Strong written and verbal communication skills


+ In-depth working knowledge and application of GMPs/GLPs

+ Experience in use of root cause analysis tools

+ Experience using SAP


In accordance with Managers’ Policy – Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separationpackage, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Job Posting: JC256709308

Posted On: Mar 13, 2024

Updated On: Apr 27, 2024

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