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Controlled Materials Specialist I

companyUniversity of Missouri - Columbia
locationColumbia, MO 65211, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/8/2024
Full Time

Controlled Materials Specialist I

Job ID: 51706
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Location: Columbia

Hiring Department
Research Reactor

A life-saving operation in the middle of America — the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) — needs you to help guide its future. MURR is expanding its critical cancer-fighting and medical isotope production.

MURR's reactor is the highest-power university research reactor in the United States, operating at 10 megawatts, 6.5 days a week and 52 weeks a year. The MURR facility enables research across many disciplines – From investigating ancient cultures and how plants respond to their environment, to analyzing industrial materials and developing radiopharmaceuticals that have lifesaving clinical applications. The MURR facility is a reliable resource for researchers, scientists, engineers and students across the country.

Be a part of the future of fighting cancer and saving lives.

Be a part of MURR

Job Description
The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) is seeking a Controlled Materials Specialist I. This position will play an important role within MURR by supporting radioisotope production and application.

Key Duties Performed by This Position Will Include

The core functions and responsibilities of the Controlled Materials Quality Control Technician for the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) Quality Control Group and radiopharmaceutical manufacturing operation is to perform quality control testing for pharmaceutical products and processing components, and raw materials. The Controlled Materials Quality Control Technician will perform receiving inspection, verification of purchased product, quarantine and release of cGMP controlled materials, and quality control testing activities in an FDA and NRC regulated environment. The position's responsibilities include:

  • Verification inspection and quality control testing and confirmation of pharmaceutical product ingredients, components, and packaging systems in accordance with FDA and/or USP guidelines.
  • Coordination of analytical testing in association with routine production components and radiochemical release utilizing qualified equipment.
  • Communicate and coordinate with production groups to establish release timelines for raw materials and process components, adjusting for high priority items as needed.
  • Evaluate calibrations and control standards and their records for instrumentation used for Quality Control testing to determine qualification status. Perform or schedule instrument calibrations in accordance with standard operating procedures and requirements.
  • Assist with other Quality Unit activities, when assigned, related to MURR Quality Control department activities for products, processes, and customer support in compliance with FDA and GMP requirements. May include handling of radioactive material, for which radiation and laboratory safety training will be provided.
  • Maintain detailed quality system documents and records in compliance with FDA documentation guidelines.

Successful candidates will be persuasive communicators with exceptional organizational and time management skills. They must demonstrate the following durable skills: leadership, character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, mindfulness, growth mindset, and fortitude. Additionally, customer service, confidentiality, integrity, and a commitment to inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity in their activities.

Must be available for reliable and consistent onsite work.

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
Experience working in a nuclear facility

Anticipated Hiring Range
Hiring Range: $21.63 per hour
Grade: GGS- 008
University Title: Research Specialist II
Internal applicants can determine their University title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Community Information
Columbia offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests. Founded on education and known as an ideal college town, its location also makes it an attractive spot for businesses and travelers. Located on Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 63, Columbia is right in the middle of the state and the nation. Just a couple hours' drive from St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is Boone County's largest population center offering big-city culture, activities, and resources with a low cost of living. Columbia is home to a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen cultural festivals each year. If you want to grow your career, continue your education, raise a family, and retire, Columbia is a good place to be!

Benefit Eligibility
This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment
We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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Required skills

  • Media Production Knowledge
  • Radioisotopes
  • QC (Quality Control)
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