Senior QC Analyst

Technical Operations San Diego, CA


About Pacira
Pacira BioSciences, Inc. is a leading provider of non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions dedicated to improving outcomes for health care practitioners and their patients. 

Each of our 3 marketed products, both in pharmaceutical and medical device, represent cutting edge technologies for pain management. 

We have 700+ employees and have averaged double digit growth year over year for the past 5 years, with $500M in revenue. We are small enough for you to make your mark, and big enough for you to learn and grow!

We have facilities in New Jersey, California and Florida. Our San Diego, CA campus is a world class manufacturing and R&D facility. We are rapidly growing and have opportunities across all of our sites and functional areas.

Why work with us?
Rarely do you have an opportunity to do work that really matters. What drives us is our mission. What makes us successful are our people. At Pacira, you are part of an inclusive culture that fosters collaboration, growth, and innovative thinking – a place where you can make an impact and help change the standard of care in non-opioid pain management. Be part of our movement, let’s pursue excellence together.


The purpose of this position is to carry out assigned laboratory duties which may include sampling, testing, and evaluating analytical data on samples such as raw materials, in-process and final products. In addition, may also develop, validate and/or optimize analytical methods.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Carry out product testing and stability studies, as needed.  
  • Perform troubleshooting and preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment.  
  • Write documents for regulatory submissions such as standard test methods, validation reports, and SOPs.  
  • Provide technical assistance and training to other laboratory personnel.  
  • Understand and comply with all company policies, safety procedures, and SOPs, including cGMPs and cGLPs.  
  • Prepare analytical data for internal and external meetings and presentations.  
  • Conduct laboratory tests in compliance with established Standard Test Methods, compendial methods and vendor/partner methods.  
  • Maintain organized records of tests performed and results obtained following company policies  
  • Assist in performing laboratory investigations. Write investigation report as required.  
  • Maintain a level of technical knowledge and understanding in the assigned areas of responsibility that are consistent with the current scientific requirements of the company.  
  • Lead in the transfer of methods to/from the Quality Control department.  
  • Represent functional area in Project Teams, as required.  
  • Mentors others, leads and coaches by example through examples of how to do the right thing and do it more efficiently.  
  • Test and release of finished product for US Commercial and Clinical use.  
  • Test and release of finished product for EU Commercial and Clinical use prior to final QP Certification of batches for EU distribution.  
  • Test and release of Raw Materials for US and EU Commercial and Clinical use.  

Supervisory Responsibilities:  

This person may have supervisory/leadership responsibilities.   


The incumbent works closely with all functional areas in Research and Development, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Document Control and Regulatory Affairs.  


Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant hands-on laboratory experience.  
  • BS degree in Chemistry from an accredited college or university or a combination of equivalent education and applicable job experience.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work a 10-hour shift (includes overtime eligibility)  
  • Demonstrated strength in analytical chemistry knowledge with special expertise in one or more analytical techniques (HPLC or GC) or special knowledge in one area (Liposomes or Raw Materials).  
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, graphing.  
  • Proficient in use of and well versed in the maintenance of most of the major laboratory instruments such as HPLC, GC, and mass spectrometry.  
  • Advanced knowledge in some areas of cGMPs such as Change Control and Document Management.  
  • Excellent observation skills and problem solving abilities.  
  • Ability to work in a methodical, organized, and creative fashion.  
  • Ability to read, follow and under limited supervision, develop research protocols.  
  • Ability to write in a concise and logical fashion in order to record all pertinent details of experimental procedures and data. In addition, ability to write reports for internal circulation on scientific results generated.  
  • Ability to effectively utilize scientific information resources within the assigned areas of responsibility.  
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently, and as an integral contributor toward the achievement of project and company goals.  
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, with a high degree of self motivation.  
  • Excellent observation skills and good problem solving ability.  
  • Able to assert own ideas and persuade others through effectively consolidating, evaluating, and presenting relevant technical information.  
  • Skilled at promoting team cooperation and a commitment to team success.  
  • Adept at seeing change as an opportunity to improve business performance and campaigning for it when necessary.   

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, move between spaces, reach with hands and arms and stoop.  Close vision and the need to focus on computer screen, use of hands, fingers and wrist to type on keyboard and manipulate mouse.  Will need to lift and move boxes of paper and binders weighing up to 20 pounds.

Work Environment:

Typical office setting with a laboratory, offices and cubicles.  Employee is required to work in the lab area.  Noise level is moderate with consistent printer, telephone ringing and conversation



  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account & Health Savings Account with Company match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Disability Coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Critical Illness and Accident Insurance
  • Legal and Identity Theft Protection
  • Pet Insurance
  • Fertility and Maternity Assistance
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Flexible Time Off (FTO) and 11 paid holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave

The base pay range for this role in California is $30.77
 per hour to $42.31 per hour. This role is classified as non-exempt and eligible for over-time.

The range is what we reasonably expect to pay for this role. The range considers a wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to: geographic markets, business or organizational needs, skill sets, experience, training, licensure, and certifications.  

EEO Statement: Pacira is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), veteran status, disability or genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. At Pacira we are committed to intentionally cultivating a culture of inclusion where all feel welcomed and valued for their background, perspectives, and experiences. We hold one another accountable to promote trust and transparency in support of our communities and collective purpose.
Agency Disclaimer: Pacira Biosciences, Inc. (Hereafter, Pacira) does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies in response to the Pacira Careers page or a Pacira social media post. Pacira will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee relating to unsolicited resumes. Pacira explicitly reserves the right to hire said candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Pacira.