There has never been a more exciting time to join IHMA

Help us support the discovery of new antimicrobials that matter. Joining IHMA is joining the future of medication that can make differences in people’s lives and wellbeing.

IHMA is one of the world’s most dynamic central reference laboratories, specializing in the field of anti-infectives. We serve the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotech industries. IHMA depends on its talented professionals to provide exceptional customized products and services to clients engaged in the fight against infectious disease.

We are dedicated to providing an enriched and inspiring culture for all of our employees, who together help us best serve our clients’ needs. While our company has evolved in the 30 years since our founding, we remain driven by our commitment to science and technology and are focused on bringing out the best in people. We attract the most talented professionals in the field and empower them to do their best work to support our clients and the global community at large.

Current Openings

Analytics Product Development Assistant

The Analytics Product Development Assistant is responsible for assisting in the manufacturing of products critical to microbiology laboratory testing conducted at IHMA as well as products manufactured and shipped to client laboratories. These products are required to evaluate the in vitro effectiveness of antimicrobial agents under development and used by the biopharmaceutical industry for the prevention and treatment of serious bacterial infections.

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Specific Duties: 

  1. Maintain adequate supplies for panel production including media and reagent preparation necessary for production of MIC assays.
  2. Perform all functions to support minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) assays development and analysis of non-clinical and clinical samples, including labeling panels, filling tubes, and dispensing panels.
  3. Assist in weighing out compounds needed for panel production.
  4. Prepare other testing devices, such as agar dilution plates and Kirby-Bauer discs.
  5. Assist in maintaining and ordering supplies from internal inventory
  6. Other tasks and duties as assigned on an as-needed basis.

 

Background Requirements: 

  1. Associate or bachelor’s degree in Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or other relevant scientific discipline.
  2. Minimum of one year working experience in a scientific laboratory preferred and experience working with aseptic techniques
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  4. Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)
  5. Good critical thinking and troubleshooting skills
  6. Well organized and able to manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines
  7. Ability to handle the dynamic fast paced and multi-tasking environment of a rapidly growing clinical central reference laboratory
  8. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with other product development associates and microbiologists of different backgrounds and experience levels

Molecular Biologist I

The Molecular Biologist is responsible for performing and analyzing Molecular assays to support IHMA’s contract research projects. These responsibilities include writing protocols, procuring necessary supplies and equipment, conducting testing, training other employees as needed, recording and summarizing results, and routinely updating management on project status. The Molecular Biologist is also responsible for keeping abreast of technical developments in the field of molecular microbiology.

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Specific Duties: 

  1. Perform accurate and precise testing according to established procedures in Molecular Microbiology.
  2. Interpret data resulting from Molecular assays and determine validity of test results.
  3. Maintain accurate computerized records of valid test results according to established procedures.
  4. Perform necessary quality control procedures, properly evaluate control data, and implement and document corrective action as needed.
  5. Record all needed information and write up study results as required by contracts with clients.
  6. Write scientific reports (abstracts, posters) when needed.
  7. Operate, calibrate, maintain, and troubleshoot all instrumentation and equipment used in performance of job duties.
  8. Organize work according to laboratory priorities and complete assigned responsibilities with little supervision.
  9. Assist other laboratories and department employees as necessary.
  10. Observe all safety measures; keep work area clean and safe.
  11. Communicate with supervisor and/or co-workers in a timely manner when any problems arise.
  12. Train other employees as needed.
  13. Review pertinent microbiology literature, particularly that regarding molecular biology and its application regarding antimicrobial susceptibility and resistance.
  14. Make recommendations regarding new technologies that would enhance IHMA’s competitive position in the field of molecular diagnostics.
  15. Support the Molecular Microbiology Laboratory and IHMA Laboratories as a whole.
  16. Perform other duties as assigned or needed.

 

 

Background Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences with 4+ years of hands-on laboratory experience; or Master’s degree in Biological sciences
  2. Experience in molecular biology in a clinical microbiology or research laboratory
  3. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and familiarity with other Microsoft products.
  4. Familiarity with higher throughput equipment (e.g. multichannel pipettors) is preferred.
  5. Familiarity with short-read whole-genome sequencing is preferred.

Project Manager I - Clinical

The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring all projects are initiated, planned, executed, monitored/controlled, and closed out according to agreed-upon timelines, budgets and scopes. The Project Manager will collaborate with cross-functional teams including other departments to meet the project requirements and be accountable for the delivery of a high-quality product or service to our clients. The Project Manager will maintain a close working relationship with clients, investigators, and other individuals or groups associated with projects under their direction.

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Specific Duties: 

  1. Develops all project specific documents addressing all components necessary to implement, conduct, and complete each project.
  2. Responsible for the communication and coordination of study specific tasks to be completed by other departments/teams.
  3. Monitors project status regarding budget, timeline, quality, and scope. Creates change orders and plans to keep projects within set parameters.
  4. Reports on the progress of projects and identifies any areas at risk of not meeting project expectations.
  5. Writes microbiology specific manuals for site/local laboratory instruction.
  6. Coordinates with Associate and Assistant Project Managers in developing appropriate resource needs.
  7. When necessary, communicate with Investigators/clients/sites regarding issues or problems that may occur during the project.
  8. Review data prior to data transfers.
  9. Host regular meetings with clients.
  10. Minimal travel.
  11. Other duties and tasks that may be assigned on an as-needed basis

 

Background Requirements: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
  2. Requires at least 4 years’ experience in a related field.
  3. A science or nursing background is desired.
  4. Demonstrate good management skills.
  5. Above average computer skills are required. Knowledge of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Project is preferred.
  6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  7. Must be very organized and able to work independently.
  8. Ability to deal with investigators, government officials, and regulatory authorities in countries where English is not the primary language.
  9. Demonstrate ability in setting and meeting project goals.
  10. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  11. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Accounts Receivable Specialist

The Accounts Receivable Specialist is responsible for daily accounts receivable activities, Price List support, and cash receipts management.

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Specific Duties:

  1. Manage day-to-day accounts receivable functions including but not limited to invoicing, collections, cash receipts, and file management.
  2. Manage project on-boarding and closing processes.
  3. Maintain a high level of professional interaction with clients and colleagues on an ongoing basis.
  4. Maintain and improve internal accounting processes.
  5. Draft standard procedures and instruction sheets.
  6. Prepare accounting reports.
  7. Update, monitor, and reconcile accruals.
  8. Provide Price List support.
  9. Perform other tasks as assigned or needed.

 

Background Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree accounting or business is preferred
  2. 3+ years’ experience in managing day-to-day accounts receivable process and accounting data
  3. 3+ years’ experience in reading and understanding contracts for the purpose of verifying invoice information and generating invoices, preferred
  4. Experience invoicing project-based work or laboratory project-based work, preferred
  5. 1-2 years’ experience training people
  6. Budgeting and forecasting experience, preferred
  7. Experience in providing excellent customer service, verbal and written communication skills, reliability, and organizational skills
  8. Experience in adhering to the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior, maintaining confidentiality, and communicating sensitive information on a need-to-know basis
  9. Experience with accounting software and database systems
  10. Proficient in MS Office programs (Word and Excel)
  11. High sense of urgency in meeting deadlines
  12. Meticulous attention to detail

Technologist - Monthey, Switzerland

The Surveillance/Clinical Services Laboratory Technologist will perform various aspects of antimicrobial laboratory-based testing in the Surveillance Services laboratory. The Technologist will perform such studies in line with the needs of the projects and the Laboratory Manager/Laboratory Director in a timely and efficient fashion and will report directly to the Laboratory Manager.

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Essential Job Activities & Functions in line with IHMA Europe Sàrl SOPs:

  • Participate in planning and execution of surveillance laboratory-based projects.
  • Planning in line with Laboratory Manager
  • Sample receipt, storage, and processing
  • Organism identification (MALDI, other)
  • Preparation of susceptibility testing plates and QC
  • Running susceptibility testing, QC and data recording
  • Verification of data and scanning of data through OptiScan
  • Verification of data QA reports (from IHMA, Inc.), identification of erroneous data and planning and execution of repeat susceptibility where required
  • Participate in laboratory maintenance, laboratory inventories

Laboratory Assistant

The Laboratory Assistant is responsible for assisting the IHMA laboratories by support of daily laboratory work in the general and molecular laboratories, and analytics product development. Certain activities may be based on level of education and experience.

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Specific Duties:
1. Accession and scan in new shipments
2. Verify requisition forms
3. Process and/or set up cultures and isolates
4. Retrieve and replace isolate vials from the freezer
5. Subculture isolates
6. Inoculate and freeze repository vials; maintain freezer log
7. Inoculate susceptibility panels using the AIM inoculator
8. Assist in general laboratory prep e.g. print labels and paperwork, label plates and tubes, restock supplies, autoclave supplies, dispose of biohazard waste, etc.
9. Assist in panel production as needed
10. Perform duties accurately according to established IHMA protocols; document all deviations from standard protocols
11. Organize work according to laboratory priorities and complete assigned responsibilities with little supervision
12. Assist in other laboratory duties as assigned

Background requirements:
1. Bachelor of Science degree preferred
2. Must be able to work accurately with little supervision

Microbiologist I

This position will include testing for all phase II, III, and IV clinical microbiology studies, evaluation of new compounds, and global surveillance studies. IHMA and its affiliates specialize in infectious disease microbiology and offer the most comprehensive services available to companies developing and marketing antimicrobial agents. These responsibilities include testing for all phase II, III, IV clinical microbiology studies, evaluation of new compounds and global surveillance studies. This is a full-time position with minimal weekend coverage. IHMA offers health insurance and paid time off for vacation and holidays. This is an opportunity to grow and work in a diverse environment where creativity and initiative are fostered.

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Specific Duties:
1. Identify organisms (aerobes and anaerobes) to genus and species by colony morphology and biochemical testing
2. Perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing methods such as broth microdilution panels, E-test, disk diffusion, and agar dilution. Perform accurate and precise testing according to established procedures in microbiology
3. Report results legibly or by computer conforming to procedures
4. Perform necessary quality control procedures, properly evaluate control data, and implement and document corrective action as needed
5. Write up study results as required by contracts with clients
6. Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access is a great plus
7. Operate, calibrate, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation and equipment used in performance of job duties
8. Organize work according to laboratory priorities and completing assigned responsibilities with little supervision
9. Assist other department employees as necessary

Background Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree
2. Experience in a clinical microbiology laboratory or MT(ASCP) preferred

Microbiologist II

IHMA is looking for an experienced clinical microbiologist for our medium-sized research laboratory in Schaumburg, IL. IHMA and its affiliates specialize in infectious disease microbiology and offer the most comprehensive services available to companies developing and marketing antimicrobial agents. These responsibilities include testing for all phase II, III, IV clinical microbiology studies, evaluation of new compounds and global surveillance studies. This is a full-time position with minimal weekend coverage. IHMA offers health insurance and paid time off for vacation and holidays. This is an opportunity to grow and work in a diverse environment where creativity and initiative are fostered.

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Specific Duties:
1. Identify organisms (aerobes and anaerobes) to genus and species by colony morphology and biochemical testing
2. Perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing methods such as broth microdilution panels, E-test, disk diffusion, and agar dilution. Perform accurate and precise testing according to established procedures in microbiology
3. Report results legibly or by computer, conforming to procedures
4. Perform necessary quality control procedures, properly evaluate control data, and implement and document corrective action as needed
5. Write up study results as required by contracts with clients
6. Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access is a great plus
7. Operate, calibrate, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation and equipment used in performance of job duties
8. Organize work according to laboratory priorities and completing assigned responsibilities with little supervision
9. Assist other department employees as necessary

Background Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
2. Experience in a clinical microbiology laboratory, MT(ASCP) or equivalent a plus