Careers in the Plant Sciences

QC Botanist

Vitality Woks, Inc. - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Position Title: QC Botanist
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, August 30, 2019
Institution: Vitality Woks, Inc.
Department/Division: Quality Control
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
General Information: • This is a more advanced position requiring significant expertise/specialization in chosen field.
• Responsible for assessing product specifications and quality attributes including identity, purity and strength of botanical raw materials of received and manufactured herbal products in accordance with regulatory requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong plant taxonomy foundation.
• Strong microscopy/macroscopy experience with plant identification.
• Sensory experience as related to plants.
• Knowledge of common herbal adulterants
• Experience with HPTLC and creating SOP’s for HPTLC botanical ID. Other analytical testing expertise a plus.
• Ability to work quickly and accurately in a production environment.
• Good verbal and written communication skills.
• Computer literate in MS Office.
Qualifications/Requirements: Requirements:

Education
• Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Botany, Biology or Chemistry
Experience
• Minimum three years experience with botanical ID/taxonomy in outdoor or laboratory setting
• Minimum three years in GMP industrial environment desired
• Minimum three years manufacturing experience in Dietary Supplement Industry desired
Physical
• Able to sit for long periods of time
• Position will require some walking, standing and sitting
• Some lifting of at least 50 pounds on occasion may be required
Responsibilities: • Responsible for herbal raw material identification in a high throughput production environment per 21 CFR 111.
• Accountable for testing, evaluating, and dispositioning raw herbs, dry and liquid raw herbal components, and other raw, intermediate and finished goods
• Updating specifications and other appropriate databases.
• Develop and maintain detailed specification sheets for all raw materials, such as herbal raw materials, according to 21 CFR 111, best industry practices, and what the company requires (which may change over time).
• Establish and validate test methods via internal testing and/or 3rd party approved analytical labs.
• Develop a reference material library that includes common adulterants and contaminants.
• Expand the herbarium collection of botanicals where appropriate with reference standards.
• Continuous improvement to build and expand the use of microscopy as a tool for herbal material evaluation and approval.
• Build and maintain a library of pertinent published reference material including monographs, books, studies, and compendia.
• Assist bringing in new testing equipment related to botanical evaluation and developing corresponding SOP’s.
• Ensuring analytical methods are updated and documented
• Staying current with industry developments on botanicals and apply to this position
• Assist with investigating non-conforming products and disposition.
• Assist with investigations and pertinent customer complaints and submit findings to QC/QA manager.
• Staying abreast of regulatory changes related to the industry.
• Increase reference resources to assist in raw material identification and other parts of the position.
• Assisting as needed in all other aspects of the QC department.
• Other duties as assigned by the QA/QC manager.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Send resume to hritchie@vitalityworks.com
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Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Hallie Ritchie, hritchie@vitalityworks.com