Careers

Microbiologist

Department:Quality Control Lab
Reports To:Quality Control Manager
FSLA:Non-Exempt
Date:2/20/2014

Summary

Research, develop and document lab methods
Daily testing of raw materials, in- process samples, and finished products
Report lab results
Corrective and preventive analysis
Write, edit and/or review standard operating procedures (SOPs), Standard Test Methods (STMs) and equipment qualifications.
Train personnel on microbial methods/techniques as needed

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
Execute all lab methods per Good Laboratory Practices to test raw materials, in-process samples,and finished goods.
Aseptically sample products for microbial testing; determine levels of microorganisms and ensure all products are free of harmful pathogens
Perform other microbial tests, including challenge testing to determine preservative efficacy,environmental monitoring, and probiotic testing
Study the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microorganisms
Identify microorganisms by microscopic examination of physiological, morphological, and cultural characteristics
Report test results and processes to ensure conformance to laboratory and document/record control procedures
Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions,conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Control operations of equipment or systems daily; assist in the calibration and verification of new and existing laboratory equipment
Monitor/Assess performance of self to make improvements or take corrective action

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Demonstrate aseptic techniques in sampling and conducting all microbial assays
Familiar with official methods for microbial testing, including AOAC, USP, BAM, and others
Familiar with pathogen verification/identification methods

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in Microbiology, Food Science, or related fields with a minimum of 7 years lab work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience testing dietary supplements, foods and personal care products.
Rapid microbiology testing experience a plus.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time and may be required to talk and listen to employees and/customers.
Employee is occasionally required to stand for long periods of time; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
Employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

Employee may work in an office setting. The individual must be able to tolerate the scent of essential oils worn or diffused.

Employee may work in Warehouse environment, needing to wear sweatshirt or specific OSHA safety gear.

Competencies

To perform the job successfully, this individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Attitude – Demonstrate a positive “can do” attitude; show motivation; must be goal oriented and a self-starter; be “solution-minded” rather than “problem-minded”
Work Ethics – Must be dedicated, responsible, hard-working, and a team player
Oral Communication – Speak clearly with customers and employees in all situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate positive response to others
Written Communication – Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; able to read and interpret written information
Professionalism – Approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration, regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments
Safety and Security – Observe safety and security procedures; determine appropriate action beyond guidelines; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment and materials properly
Attendance, Punctuality, Dependability – Be consistently at work and on time; ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings and appointments on time, follow instructions, respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; commit to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals
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