Microbiologist

Location
San Antonio, TX
Salary
Competitive salary
Posted
Sep 20, 2016
Closes
Oct 18, 2016
Result Type
Jobs
Position Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

JOB SUMMARY                                                                                                                               Salary Range:  $34,000 - $39,000/year

The function of this job is to perform professional analytical and microbiological testing of food products, ingredients, and environmentals.  The position entails responsibility for application and evaluation of approved microbiological techniques and methodologies used in analytical testing of food products/environmentals.  The position works closely with the Laboratory Supervisor in the daily functions associated with the laboratory.  The scope of laboratory tests performed will be directed by the proficiency level the technician has successfully demonstrated and authorized to perform.   Serves as technical resource to other lab technicians and works in setting of Pathology Lab samples and other functions as needed.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Apply aseptic/microbiological techniques in daily workload and prepare and analyze samples for indicator organisms, pathogens, and chemistries according to acceptable methods
  • Independently pursue an assigned series of processes, procedures, or techniques in accordance with Food Safety Net Services Methods Manual, Quality Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Safety Manual, and approved laboratory procedures
  • Accurately perform and read test results and notify Laboratory Management of deviations
  • Prepare media and reagents as needed for daily microbiological testing
  • Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends
  • Report inventory and expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirements
  • Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, trash disposal, and equipment quality control
  • Assist in quality control duties to by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls etc., and other laboratory quality control procedures including quality control documentation
  • Assist with training and research assignments
  • Maintain safe, efficient, and compliant lab operations, to include equipment maintenance and purchasing supplies
  • Assist with the coordination of sample collection, transport, and receiving, and maintaining customer satisfaction while achieving desired business results
  • Assist with managing priorities and schedule
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
  • Responsible for the completion of required training
  • Travel is required and at the discretion of management

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BS degree in Life Science or related field
  • Masters degree in Life Science or related field preferred
  • Two or more years of experience in a commercial food-testing or analytical laboratory preferred
  • Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures
  • Familiarity with GLP, OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, ISO, and USP methods and procedures
  • Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience

 

Food Safety Net Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Women, Minorities, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

 

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