Quality Assurance Manager
University of Chicago
The Cyclotron Facility at the University of Chicago is the only academic Cyclotron Facility in the state of Illinois and has been operational since 2017. The Facility manufactures radioactive pharmaceuticals for human (and animal) use. The Facility holds its own FDA approved Investigational New Drug (IND) application for one human use, clinical-trial radiopharmaceutical and is listed as the manufacturer on the INDs of three other INDs that are held by other Institutions and are also for clinical trials involving humans.
About the Department
While we produce IND drugs for humans, plans are being executed to produce clinical drugs for use here at the Hospital of the University of Chicago. Regulatory compliance for clinical drugs is similar, but more stringent, than the requirements for IND drugs. Therefore, experienced personnel are critical to operations and regulatory compliance.
Our staffing requirements are highly unusually. For this position, the applicant needs to have skills in 1) chemistry, pharmacy, or biochemistry/molecular chemistry, 2) microbiology/chemistry experience, 3) experience with regulatory affairs, procedural reviews, and audits, 4) experience in working in high levels of radiation and with large amounts of radioactivity is very desirable, but not required, and 5) and clear ability to work in a complex, sometimes high-stress, and multiple-worker environment for example a pharmaceutical production facility, a pharmacy, or a Cyclotron Facility would all be appropriate.
This position is for a manager level quality assurance professional who also has scientific skills. The candidate should have experience in drug manufacturing, radiopharmaceutical production, and/or chemistry/biochemistry/microbiological experience. The candidate will develop and maintain a robust Quality Assurance Program for our drug production but will also be expected to participate in direct Quality Control testing of our drugs. The candidate will also oversee all scheduling activities and purchasing of supplies, reagents, and chemicals in collaboration with the Director and Associate Director of the Facility. The candidate must be experienced in analytical testing and have demonstrated science experience in an appropriate field applicable to our drug productions. The candidate will be responsible for developing a robust training program in consultation with the Facility Director that covers all aspects of operations. The candidate will be trained in: radiation safety, to operate our particle accelerator used in our radiopharmaceutical production and in the drug production processes also. Excellent organizational and communications skills and meticulous following of Standard Operating Procedures are required.
- Manages the Cyclotron Facility with emphasis on Operations and Quality Assurance.
- Oversees and manages scheduling of production, interfacing with requesters, all purchasing, day-to-day operations.
- Oversees and manages quality assurance including daily quality control testing of finished drug, facility maintenance and compliance, training, documentation and inventory control.
- Participates in direct microbiological, biochemical, and analytical testing of final drug products.
- Must be willing and comfortable handling large amounts of radioactive materials and working in radiation environments.
- Manages scheduling of production for internally/externally used final drug products. Includes invoicing, maintaining production calendars, interfacing with receiving institutions, and appropriate billing of receiving parties.
- Inventory control, purchasing and other administrative tasks needed to run the facility.
- Participates in the quality control testing of produced radiopharmaceuticals on a daily basis as needed.
- Develops, implements, and oversees training programs for synthesis, QA/QC work, operations, and general procedures based on existing and to be written SOPs.
- Participates, implements, and monitors regulatory compliance throughout the entire Cyclotron Facility Structure. This includes regulatory filings like INDs and ANDAs with the FDA. Proven knowledge of regulatory practices as evidenced by prior work experience in any setting that is highly regulated and controlled.
- General management of staff with the Director/Associate Director
- Writes, proofs, and develops standard operating procedures (SOPs) as necessary.
- Performs internal monthly audits of various functional areas of the facility.
- Participates with general lab maintenance, including sanitation.
- Familiar with how the Cyclotron Accelerator works. Basic understanding of the accelerator and its subsystems in order to oversee maintenance and production schedules, running the machine on an intermittent basis.
- Provides expertise to researchers on compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
- Provides expertise to researchers and research support staff. Oversees activities related to data collection and analysis.
- Leads the establishment of new laboratories and provides assistance with purchasing new laboratory equipment; ensuring efficient operation of laboratory, including overseeing maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
- Serves as a resource for collecting data and performing analysis. Facilitates and promotes a research project by providing scientific or intellectual information.
- Develops laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manage, analyze and make recommendations on complex data sets for research.
- Trains and mentors laboratory personnel.
- Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.
- Master’s degree in chemistry, pharmacy, microbiology, molecular chemistry, medicinal chemistry or similar field exhibiting appropriate skill-set. Regulatory affairs certification programs will also be considered.
- Ph.D., PharmD, other higher academic certification. Vocational, apprenticeships or other experience in related fields (pharmacy, physics, chemistry etc.) will be considered in lieu of a higher terminal academic degree.
- 5-7 years experience in chemistry, nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, pharmacy (including retail) or related fields/areas. No one area need contain the 5-7 years, it can be spread over all related areas, including postdoctoral research.
- Proven knowledge of regulatory compliance covering general QC procedures, interfacing with end-user/customers, documentation, etc. Experience need not be limited to pharmaceutical or radiopharmaceutical production.
- Expertise in training others and/or being trained and certified.
- Demonstrable advanced experience in chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related areas.
- Background working with drug products for human use.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
- Background in analytical testing methodologies.
- Write and develop standard operating procedures. Must be able to follow procedures exactly.
- Background running complex machinery or working in a complex, busy environment.
- General chemistry/biochemistry knowledge and analytical testing methodology.
- Work alone and work collaboratively in a small group with demonstrated problem-solving capabilities under pressure situation.
- Excellent organization, cleanliness, and work habits.
- Proven record of working in highly radioactive or highly regulated environments.
- Documented training in complex equipment, environments, or accelerators.
- Understanding of just-in-time needs and requirements, not limited to radio-pharmaceuticals; work in a high-stress environment.
- Experience with complex systems.
- Working with personnel outside of the facility, i.e., plant/maintenance personnel, external vendors, shippers, etc.
- Radiation and radioactivity training is preferred but not required.
- Publications record is preferred but not required.
- Office / Lab setting.
- Work flexible, early morning hours.
- Work in a non-standard working environment with multiple duties that can change daily.
- Work with radioactivity, while maintaining University safety standards.
- Work with chemicals and equipment in a complex environment.
- Some heavy lifting.
- Resume/CV (required)
- Cover Letter ( preferred)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
Scheduled Weekly Hours
Drug Test Required
Health Screen Required
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