Microbiology Technician - Food - ISO17025 - Perm - Bucks - £17-21k
A leading food manufacturer requires an experienced food microbiologist to join their team as a Microbiology Research Technician where you will carry out a range of microbial testing and R&D activities on their food products. You will have previous experience of food microbiology experience working within a UKAS accredited lab to ISO17025.
*To carry out challenge testing projects in support of NPD and troubleshooting
*To conduct microbial challenge testing to agreed protocols
*To engage in research and development activities to keep company challenge testing protocols and service up to date
*To provide necessary reference samples to support quality assurance testing of external microbiology laboratories
*To support the business with microbial food safety and quality issues as appropriate.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
*Effective delivery of challenge testing service to company and external customers
oUndertake challenge testing projects against agreed protocols, delivering on time and to the expected quality standards
oMaintain the testing facility provision within Microbiology
oMaintain internal quality systems, aligned to ISO 17025 principles
*Provide reference samples to support quality assurance testing of external microbiology laboratories
*To partake in appropriate, timely and effective response to any microbial food safety issues
*Ensure team activities comply with H&S requirements
*Perform all necessary housekeeping functions and other general duties as required.
*Food microbiology experience working to ISO 17025 operating to a minimum of technician level
*Working knowledge of all functions of a recognised competent microbiology laboratory
oLIMS and sample log in
oFull suite of microbiology testing
oPlate reading and reporting
oPathogen laboratory functions
*Good practical skills for all Microbiology laboratory techniques
*Good attention to detail and record keeping
*Drive and enthusiasm to carry out tasks within this function
*Culture collection development and maintenance
*Knowledge of principles of risk assessment.
*Understanding of scientific protocols and experimental design
Salary £17-21k dependent on experience + benefits