Microbiology Technician

Employer Information


E: human.resources@norbrook.co.uk

T: + 44 (0)28 3026 4435


In Norbrook we pride ourselves in being one of the top companies in Northern Ireland and one of the top veterinary pharmaceutical companies globally. We develop & manufacture veterinary medicines, supplying products to 120 countries globally. With a strong portfolio of existing products and significant investment in R&D to launch new products annually, we have opportunities for individuals to join us and develop their career in a global company.

Our business strategy is supported by our Values – Customer Value, One Team, Results Driven, Excellence, Innovation, and Quality – and we support our employees to live the behaviours that creates our culture.  Our on-going success is based on the expertise, knowledge and innovation of our employees. If you are interested in joining our team here at Norbrook and supporting our vision, then apply for this role.

Job Overview
Based within the QC Microbiology Department the successful candidates will work as part of our existing team reporting to the Head of Microbiology/Microbiology Manager. The successful candidate will be involved in routine microbiological testing of raw material, in process and finished product samples. 

Main Activities/Tasks

Duties of the successful candidate will include but not be limited to performing the following:

  • Preparation and testing of  broths and agars
  • Sterility Testing which involves working in a clean room.
  • Endotoxin Testing
  • Microbiological Plate assays
  • Microbial Quality testing
  • Assisting with Bacterial Identification
  • Preparation of equipment for autoclaving
  • Collection and logging of samples.
  • Record accurately results from tests performed
  • The successful candidates will be given on the job training as well as being trained in the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice. 

Essential Criteria:

  • Be educated to at least GCSE (or equivalent) in science related subjects AND have 2 years relevant experience OR educated to A Level/GNVQ standard (or equivalent) in Biology or other science related subjects.
  • Will have at least a Grade C or equivalent in GCSE English and Mathematics.
  • Possess good communication skills, written and oral as demonstrated on their application form and at interview. Writing must be clear and legible.
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills, be flexible, motivated and willing to work shift patterns when necessary.
  • Interpret instructions and perform mathematical calculations relating to microbiological testing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a busy team as well as working on own initiative.
  • Be able to safely and correctly dress in clean room garments which requires free movement and good balance. 

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience working in an industrial Microbiology Laboratory
  • Experience in performing at least one of the microbiological test procedures listed above.
  • Previous knowledge of GMP gained from working in a GMP regulated environment.

Norbrook Laboratories Limited employs a workforce with members of all sections of the community and is committed to appointing people purely on the basis of merit. In accordance with our equal opportunities policy we would particularly like to welcome applicants from the Protestant Community.


  • Permanent
  • Newry
  • Closing date: Wednesday 30 Nov 2022
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