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Maintenance Technician

Boston, MA

Our Mission: Healthy hearing available to all.

Akouos is building a leading gene therapy company focused on hearing disorders. We are a precision genetic medicine company focused on developing gene therapies with the potential to restore, improve, and preserve high-acuity physiologic hearing for individuals who live with disabling hearing loss worldwide.

Restoring, improving, and preserving high-acuity hearing is an area of high unmet need in medicine: 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, and there are no FDA-approved pharmacologic therapies to address its underlying causes.

Akouos was founded in 2016 by leaders in the fields of neurotology, genetics, inner ear drug delivery, and AAV gene therapy. Listening is in our DNA. We believe the only way to achieve our ambitious goals is to engage as one team, listen to each other, and trust in ourselves and our science.

Job Summary:

Akouos is seeking a Maintenance Technician to join our growing facilities team. Reporting to the Senior Facilities Manager, the Maintenance Technician will be responsible for performing corrective and preventative maintenance on facility and utility systems in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards. The Maintenance Technician will also oversee the cleaning and sanitization team at Akouos.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensures all work is performed in compliance with GMP, FDA, and company requirements and that documentation is complete and accurate
  • Performs regularly scheduled compliance checks on plant utility systems
  • Work with outside vendors and/or contractors for facility-related repairs
  • Completes preventative maintenance requirements, following the associated work orders and documents, to completion compliantly within CMMS system
  • Troubleshoot equipment and efficiently perform corrective maintenance to bring process or utility equipment back into a safe, running, and reliable state
  • Verify that the proper sanitization agent rotation is followed and that the proper sanitization agent is used for each cleaning assignment
  • Perform basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and/or other trades, as necessary
  • Work in cleanroom, pharmaceutical manufacturing environment including the use of gowning and PPE
  • Work effectively with cross-functional teams to develop therapies with the potential to restore, improve, and preserve hearing

Job Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years experience performing operations and maintenance of building utility systems, HVAC systems, in a GMP/pharmaceutical environment
  • Understanding of pharmaceutical GMPs and FDA regulations
  • Be able to witness and verify cleaning performed either by external contractors or internal teams
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of sanitizing agents to thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment to meet or exceed GMP standards
  • Familiar with Standard Operating Procedures and provide continuous improvement to refine SOPs
  • Attention to detail is required, must follow written work instructions, detailed documentation, and record-keeping
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Demonstrate attention to detail, problem-solving, and the ability to multi-task and prioritize

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in electrical, electronic, or mechanical engineering
  • Understanding of electrical and mechanical controls, and/or other systems
  • Proficient with Building Management Systems, and computerized maintenance management systems
  • Licensure(s) in any of the following: electrical HVAC, plumbing, etc

Work Environment

  • Must be able to lift to 50 lbs.
  • Work in an ISO 7 cleanroom environment

Akouos is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law.

Akouos considers the health and safety of it’s employees and community a priority.  All offers of employment are conditioned on participation in our mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy.  Anyone unable to be vaccinated either because of a sincerely held religious belief, medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation. 

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