Element Materials Technology

Lead Microbiologist - Reusable Cleaning and Disinfection

Job Locations US-OH-Fairfield


Element has an opportunity for a Lead Microbiologist focusing on cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of reusable medical devices as part of a new laboratory and new testing service offering. This position will lead a team of technicians in Cincinnati, OH to execute operationally on customer projects, and will support performing testing, method development, technical assessments and overall process improvement.


  • Position will require initiating and facilitating technology transfer from another Element facility in the first 3 months of the role. Travel will be required to ensure project completion and then will be minimal afterward with focus primarily on the Cincinnati lab
  • Lead a team of technicians to ensure timely project completion in accordance with customer requirements
  • Successfully mitigate transfer risks and drive full implementation including ISO certification and GLP compliance
  • Performs, evaluates and interprets a wide range of microbiological assays including basic analytical titrations in accordance with SOP and protocols
  • Performs, evaluates and interprets a wide range of cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization assays
  • Assists with the development of and performs, evaluates and interprets Research and Development (R&D) projects
  • Assists in implementing new methodologies
  • Aids in report (data) generation
  • Performs microorganism propagation, stock culture maintenance, daily culture transfers and organism preparations using aseptic technique
  • Responsible for generating and maintaining strict documentation of raw data to ensure a high level of scientific integrity in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • Cross functionally supports the biological testing production laboratory with cytotoxicity, bioburden, and endotoxin testing
  • Assist the laboratory manager in developing or training new or existing laboratory employees

Skills / Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in biological science or related field required
  • Three to five years of applicable experience in a microbiology or related lab is required
  • Prior expeirence with reusable medical devices perferred in the areas of cleanliness, disinfection, sterilization, etc.
  • Study Director expeirence preferred
  • Able to become current and stay current wiht EPA and FDA good Laboratory Practice Regulations (40 CFR Part 160 and 21 CFT Part 58)
  • Knowledge of the principles of classical microbiology, including bateriology, mycology, and microscopy
  • Knowledge of general analytical procuedres including chemical titrations
  • Knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment apparatus and terminology

To apply, please email dana.bailitz@element.com 


Company Overview

Element is one of the fastest growing testing, inspection and certification businesses in the world. Globally we have more than 6,500 brilliant minds operating from 200 sites across 30 countries. Together we share an ambitious purpose to ‘Make tomorrow safer than today’.


When failure in use is not an option, we help customers make certain that their products, materials, processes and services are safe, compliant and fit for purpose. From early R&D, through complex regulatory approvals and into production, our global laboratory network of scientists, engineers, and technologists support customers to achieve assurance over product quality, sustainable outcomes, and market access.


While we are proud of our global reach, working at Element feels like being part of a smaller company. We empower you to take charge of your career, and reward excellence and integrity with growth and development.


Industries across the world depend on our care, attention to detail and the absolute accuracy of our work. The role we have to play in creating a safer world is much bigger than our organization.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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