American Red Cross Sr Technologist II - Cellular Therapy Laboratory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The American Red Cross is looking for an experienced, full-time Manufacturing Tech to join our Cellular Therapy team in Philadelphia, PA.
This would be primarily a day shift position working Monday - Friday. Schedule flexibility is required due to the nature of our business. Will work 1st, 2nd, or 3rd shift hours and occasional weekends.
Processes and cryopreserves Cellular Therapy products in a cleanroom (GMP manufacturing). Performs testing on all Manufactured blood products (iPBMC). Testing may include, but not limited to the following: CBC (automated cell counts) and viability.
BS degree in a science-related field with 1-year GMP lab experience.
Must have cell/tissue culture experience.
Other experience of special value to the Red Cross Cellular Therapy Laboratory.
At least 6 months of experience working in the Cellular Therapy Laboratory as a Senior Technologist I and overall acceptable job performance.
Should have comprehensive knowledge of basic blood component processing and general blood bank techniques, as well as, stem cell processing techniques and principles; knowledge of basic hematology, i.e cell counting methods (both automated and manual).
Must be able to recognize problems and determine solutions.
Must have excellent communication skills to solicit information, teach and communicate problems and ideas.
Must have excellent math skills.
Must be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel.
Must have an excellent aseptic technique and be able to work in a GMP environment (Class 10,000 / ISO 7 cleanroom).
Must have experience with good documentation practices (GDP) and ALCOA.
Must be able to interact with commercial manufacturing clients
Must be able to work independently.
Must be able to coordinate the activities of several departments for the success of the project.
Assure that all laboratory activities performed to follow the American Red Cross BSDs, state and federal regulations - including CFRs and local standard operating procedures.
Become proficient with all procedures/methods and testing used in the Cellular Therapy Laboratory: Understand and follow the scheduling of Cellular Therapy products.
Arrange and follow-up on the receipt or delivery of apheresis units from the Red Cross, as needed.
Perform the procedures/methods and testing currently performed in Contract / Commercial Manufacturing products: Blood product Manufacturing in cleanrooms under GMP conditions, CBC (automated), cell based assays, environmental monitoring, as well as other procedures that may be defined and performed as needed.
Distribute blood samples for testing to applicable laboratories at the American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region (ARC-PJ), or ship to outside reference labs for additional applicable testing.
Maintain accurate inventory of contract / commercial manufacturing supplies.
Perform equipment quality control, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Document and log accurately and concurrently laboratory activities and donor testing.
Assists in training all personnel in the Cellular Therapy Lab: Develops and updates training plans. Trains staff to perform procedures as outlined in laboratory SOPs. Plans and presents operational in-services. Retrains staff as needed to perform new or modified SOPs. Documents all training activities.
Generate procedures and reports using MS Word, Excel, and Access.
Assists in the development of new assays or procedures, as required to meet departmental needs: Attends meetings and continuing education programs to keep abreast of relevant innovations in the field of Cellular Therapy. Assists in developing or modifying SOPs for which such innovations are applicable. Develop process control plans including new equipment qualification and process change control plans.
Data entry of all product information and testing into a computer database.
Retrieval of product information from the computer database.
Each laboratory staff is expected to participate in the quality control effort by Running controls; Repeating runs when controls fail; Recording daily temperatures, monitoring equipment (i.e. refrigerators, centrifuges, water baths, etc.); Performs preventive maintenance of equipment, and maintain a neat and clean environment; Organize workflow and prioritize so that work is done efficiently
Observe safety rules with regards to chemical hygiene and handling of Liquid Nitrogen and biohazardous samples
Follow aseptic technique when processing products
Follow all GMP/GLP requirements for processing products, testing, and training.
Perform additional jobs that may be needed for the efficient functioning of the laboratory and Identify and maintain laboratory reagents and records.
As part of the world's largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross places top priority on the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, blood donors, and those who receive our aid and services. Our commitment to public health is unwavering-both during the COVID-19 pandemic and year-round.
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