Career Opportunities

Available Positions:

 

Quality Control Manager

 

Benchmark Biolabs is seeking a motivated, knowledgeable Quality Control Manager for our biological manufacturing division, Antelope Valley Bios. This position will be responsible for the daily management of the AVB Quality Control team to oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of quality control systems and laboratory activities to ensure both internal and external regulatory compliance within a USDA environment.

The Quality Control Manager will:

  • Have direct oversight as well as provide hands on testing of in-process, bulk and final container samples of autogenous and licensed veterinary biologicals according to in-house Standard Test Methods (STMs) and Outlines of Production.
  • Oversee data trends for the evaluation of production and QC processes, as well as the execution of validation protocols, including preservative interference, inactivation kinetics, and assay transfer from R&D to QC.
  • Provide input to R&D on the development, validation and implementation of analytical methods that will be transferred to QC to support routine testing of biologics samples.
  • Represent the laboratory during audits conducted by regulatory agency representatives to provide information and handle questions and/or concerns
  • Perform, write, and sign-off on appropriate QC investigations of deviations
  • Assists in initiatives to improve processes, cost effectiveness, enhance efficiencies, safety and compliance of processes and procedures (e.g., through improved methods, new technology, etc.).
  • Be responsible for staff competency and /or training in all aspects of testing, SOPs (standard operating procedures), company policies and safety.

Our preferred candidate should:

  • Have in depth knowledge of all quality control functions and responsibilities, including audits, lot release, deviation investigations, and manufacturing requirements.
  • Have working knowledge of regulations and guidance for veterinary biologics.
  • Portray excellent scientific analysis, interpretation, and problem solving skills.
  • Have the ability to identify corrective and preventative actions
  • Have the ability to forecast the departmental budget
  • Have demonstrated ability to manage both projects and personnel

Required Education/Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Biology, Immunology, or related life science.
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in veterinary biologics directly interacting with R&D and Manufacturing to achieve licensing and commercialization of veterinary biologics. At least 2 years supervising/training employees in a Quality Control department are required.

 

Associate Scientist – Laboratory Services

 

Benchmark Biolabs is seeking a motivated, animal health Associate Scientist in our Laboratory Services group to contribute to the development, licensing, production, and testing of animal vaccines.  This position will be responsible for assay and process development, production, and testing of master seeds and experimental serials, and the transfer of assay methods to our manufacturing division.  Testing support for external clients is also required.  Laboratory studies will be conducted in accordance with internal and external requirements (SOP’s, compendial methods), and this individual will need to maintain accurate laboratory notebooks to ensure compliance with regulatory and quality systems.  The Associate will also develop reagents, controls, and assays needed to support laboratory studies, and will provide support to the Bioinformatics Manager when needed.  Maintaining accurate inventory of assay reagents and client samples is also necessary. Some periodic weekend and/or holiday work is also required.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with mammalian cell culture techniques and standard virology methods, such as virus titration or serum neutralization testing
  • Experience with development and/or qualification of in vitro assays (e.g. ELISA)
  • Proficiency in conducting sterility testing in accordance with 9CFR requirements
  • Strong communication and team skills, and be able to communicate effectively with co-workers at all levels of the organization.
  • The ability to interact with clients at a professional level.
  • Good documentation skills and detail oriented.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Tools such as Word, Excel, Outlook.

Required Education/Experience:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology, Immunology, Biology, or related life science and a minimum of 4 years post-graduate laboratory experience in the animal health industry is required.

 

Equipment Calibration – Metrology Technician 

 

Benchmark Biolabs is seeking a detail oriented and dependable Equipment Calibration Technician to ensure proper function of laboratory equipment and infrastructure.  This individual will perform a variety of installation, calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting, scheduling, repair and documentation duties for laboratory, process, and utility instrumentation.  This position will work closely with the Maintenance, Operations, Laboratory, and other functional groups, in biological research, development, and manufacturing environments.  Development and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures, deviation processes, and quality processes will be required.  The Equipment Calibration Technician is also expected to assist internal Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs departments in the audit response processes during facility audits by client and government agencies.

Our preferred candidate will have:

  • Experience applying the knowledge, principles, and practices relevant to laboratory equipment, laboratory practices, and associated instrumentation calibration and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of current Good Laboratory Practice, and familiarity with Standard Operating Procedures, guidance documents, or manuals.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and work through complex problems.
  • Excellent organization and prioritization skills.
  • Extreme attention to detail. Accuracy in documentation.
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills. Approachable and customer service oriented.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook email or other web based applications. Calibration Manager or other calibration/maintenance software familiarity preferred.
  • A sense of urgency, dependability, and integrity. In special circumstances incumbent may be needed beyond the scope of the standard workweek to perform additional services to ensure successful business operations.

Required Education/Experience:

Associate Degree in Science or Metrology, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent educational training along with a minimum of 2 years’ relevant industry experience. Will substitute relevant experience in lieu of a degree.

 

Laboratory Technician – Manufacturing Services

 

Benchmark Biolabs is seeking an entry-level Laboratory Technician for our biological manufacturing division, Antelope Valley Bios. The Laboratory Technician will assist with day to day activities of the manufacturing operations, including preventative maintenance of the facility, while aiding in the execution of research projects.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Cleaning and replacement of glassware, solutions preparation, autoclaving and general lab organization
  • Maintenance and cleaning of equipment, laboratories, and other rooms
  • Conducting work in accordance with appropriate company policies and regulatory agencies
  • Conducting work in accordance with company safety requirements
  • Monitoring of laboratory equipment
  • Recording data promptly and accurately
  • Providing feedback to supervisor as to operational issues
  • Maintaining accurate inventories of raw material, in-process material, and finished goods
  • Routinely surveying facility, equipment, and systems, to ensure all areas are in excellent working conditions (organized, clean, safe)
  • Supporting other duties assigned by senior laboratory personnel

Required Skills: 

  • Aseptic technique, Bacteriology, Virology, and Tissue Culture experience
  • Familiar with media preparation and pouring plates
  • Some experience working in a biosafety cabinet
  • Knowledge of proper PPE for handling microbial agents.
  • Good math skills for calculating concentrations of solutions
  • Knowledge of proper data capture, such as with Notebooks, or Process Worksheets
  • Knowledge of equipment use such as autoclaves, microscopes, incubators, automatic pipettes, shakers, water baths, etc.
  • Must be able to read, understand, and execute detailed written instructions
  • Must be able to learn and follow site, equipment, and personnel trafficking policies
  • Must be able to interact with and express requirements in a positive and professional way to colleagues at all levels within the organization

Required Education/Industry Experience:

  • Associate Degree in a scientific field of study, such as Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, OR
  • 2 years’ experience in a USDA licensed vaccine manufacturing facility, in lieu of degree

 

Adjuvant Manufacturing Technician

 

Benchmark Biolabs is seeking an entry-level Adjuvant Technician for our biological manufacturing division, Antelope Valley Bios. Under general supervision, this position assists with the execution of research and manufacturing projects and activities of the adjuvant manufacturing operations.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Cleaning and replacement of glassware, solutions preparation, autoclaving and general lab organization
  • Maintenance and cleaning of equipment, laboratories, and other rooms
  • Conducting work in accordance with appropriate company policies and regulatory agencies
  • Conducting work in accordance with company safety requirements
  • Monitoring of laboratory equipment
  • Recording data promptly and accurately
  • Providing feedback to supervisor as to operational issues
  • Maintaining accurate inventories of raw material, in-process material, and finished goods
  • Routinely surveying facility, equipment, and systems, to ensure all areas are in excellent working conditions (organized, clean, safe)
  • Supporting other duties assigned by senior laboratory personnel

Required Skills: 

  • Familiar with aseptic technique
  • Familiar with media preparation and pouring plates
  • Some experience working in a biosafety cabinet
  • Knowledge of proper PPE for laboratory work
  • Good math skills for calculating concentrations of solutions
  • Knowledge of proper data capture, such as with Notebooks, or Process Worksheets
  • Knowledge of equipment use such as autoclaves, microscopes, incubators, automatic pipettes, shakers, water baths, etc.
  • Must be able to read, understand, and execute detailed written instructions
  • Must be able to learn and follow site, equipment, and personnel trafficking policies
  • Must be able to interact with and express requirements in a positive and professional way to colleagues at all levels within the organization

 Required Education/Industry Experience:

  • Associate Degree in a scientific field of study, such as Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, OR
  • 2 years’ experience in a USDA licensed vaccine manufacturing facility, in lieu of degree

 

Manufacturing Technician – AVB

 

Benchmark Biolabs is seeking an entry-level Technician for our biological manufacturing division, Antelope Valley Bios. Under general supervision, this position assists with the execution of research and manufacturing projects, preventative maintenance of the facility, and general day to day activities of the biological manufacturing operations.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Cleaning and replacement of glassware, solutions preparation, autoclaving and general lab organization
  • Maintenance and cleaning of equipment, laboratories, and other rooms
  • Conducting work in accordance with appropriate company policies and regulatory agencies
  • Conducting work in accordance with company safety requirements
  • Monitoring of laboratory equipment
  • Recording data promptly and accurately
  • Providing feedback to supervisor as to operational issues
  • Maintaining accurate inventories of raw material, in-process material, and finished goods
  • Routinely surveying facility, equipment, and systems, to ensure all areas are in excellent working conditions (organized, clean, safe)
  • Supporting other duties assigned by senior laboratory personnel

Required Skills: 

  • Familiar with aseptic technique, bacteriology, virology, and tissue cultures
  • Familiar with media preparation and pouring plates
  • Some experience working in a biosafety cabinet
  • Knowledge of proper PPE for handling microbial agents
  • Good math skills for calculating concentrations of solutions
  • Knowledge of proper data capture, such as with Notebooks, or Process Worksheets
  • Knowledge of equipment use such as autoclaves, microscopes, incubators, automatic pipettes, shakers, water baths, etc.
  • Must be able to read, understand, and execute detailed written instructions
  • Must be able to learn and follow site, equipment, and personnel trafficking policies
  • Must be able to interact with and express requirements in a positive and professional way to colleagues at all levels within the organization

Required Education/Industry Experience:

  • Bachelors or Associate Degree in a scientific field of study, such as Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, OR
  • 2 years’ experience in a USDA licensed vaccine manufacturing facility, in lieu of degree

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Benchmark Biolabs offers an excellent benefit package and an outstanding work environment. To be considered, e-mail cover letter and résumé, along with salary requirements, to: careers@benchmarkbiolabs.com or mail to Benchmark Biolabs/Attn: Human Resources/421 West Industrial Lake Drive/Lincoln, NE/68528

 

About the Company:

AgriLabs

AgriLabs® is a leader in biological innovation for animal health in the United States. Through proprietary DNA platform and adjuvant technologies, AgriLabs is delivering the next generation of vaccine solutions for farm animals. These technologies – combined with other innovative products and the leading distribution network in the United States – uniquely position AgriLabs to improve animal health, nutrition and productivity.

Benchmark Biolabs

Benchmark Biolabs is a leader in animal biologics contract research in the United States and around the globe. A member of the AgriLabs® family of companies, Benchmark has an extraordinary track record of research and regulatory firsts. Through expert, confidential and responsive services, Benchmark helps speed the biological innovation process from concept to commercialization.

VaxLiant

VaxLiant®, a member of the AgriLabs® family of companies, develops and markets innovative adjuvant technologies that optimize vaccine performance. Through a portfolio that includes ready-to-use ENABL® adjuvants and fully customizable BioMize adjuvants, VaxLiant enhances traditional and DNA platform vaccines that improve animal health and productivity.

Antelope Valley Bios

Antelope Valley Bios, a member of the AgriLabs® family of companies, provides contract manufacturing services for animal vaccines. Through a new, state-of-the-art USDA-licensed facility, Antelope Valley Bios produces biological products that meet the highest levels of quality and efficiency for a wide range of start-ups and established global companies.