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Microbiology Lab Technician

Food Safety Net Services
Aurora, Illinois, US
Closing date
Jan 31, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Energy, Biology
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Microbiology Laboratory Associate conducts microbiology testing on raw materials, in process materials and finished products.

  • Aseptically performs microbiology sampling, plating, and testing of samples daily.
  • Conducts microbiological qualitative or quantitative analyses by meticulously following all SOP's and laboratory methods.
  • Daily, check and record temperature of all refrigerators, freezers, and water baths in the Microbiology department.
  • Daily, verify and record calibration of the top load balance used to weigh samples.
  • Maintain proper record keeping for media preparation, the autoclaves, pH.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in all microbiological tests that are assigned to a Laboratory Associate. This includes submitting accurate and timely results based on the analysis.
  • Stay up-to-date on new regulations and current events regarding food science.
  • Identifies and communicates results that require further discussion with Department Manager/Supervisor.
  • Assists in maintaining quality system records to comply with all accrediting agencies.
  • Perform regular maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments by inspecting, calibrating, cleaning, or sterilizing.
  • Learns new techniques and technologies as appropriate.
  • Participates in special projects as assigned by the Department Manager/Supervisor.
  • Provides technical support or assistance within the Microbiology Department and works effectively with other departments.
  • Maintains a clean and sterilized laboratory environment.
  • Other duties as required.

  • In a timely manner performs microbiology testing while maintaining a high-level quality of service.
  • Performs preliminary sample preparation.
  • Perform, monitor, and report analytical testing in areas of the Microbiology Department.
  • Accurately reports results based on the analysis.
  • Actively participates in Quality Control testing on proficiency and any other check samples deemed appropriate by the Microbiology Department Manager.

  • BS degree, preferably in Biology/Microbiology or related sciences; current employees without the required degree have been grandfathered based on their years of experience already in the position.
  • Good conceptual basis in biology with proven ability to perform basic microbiology techniques.
  • 2 years laboratory experience.
  • Critical thinking - using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. * Excellent organizational skills - ability to use your time, energy, resources, etc. in an effective manner.
  • Strong relevant qualitative and quantitative skills.
  • Time management - one's own time and the time of others.
  • Training - teaching and guiding others how to complete a process from beginning to end.
  • Good communication skills - speaking, reading, writing and listening.
  • Basic computer skills with some LIMs experience.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Ability to distinguish colors.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods.

  • Accuracy
  • Orientation to detail
  • Initiative
  • Team Player
  • Dependability
  • Productivity

Job descriptions are not intended to be, and should not be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all the duties and responsibilities performed by job incumbents.

Key Words: Microbiology, Food Safety, Food Science, Micro-Technician, Lab-Tech, Laboratory Technician, Biology, Animal Science, Nutrition, Bacteria, Pathogen

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.00 per hour

  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

  • 8 hour shift

  • Laboratory: 1 year (Required)

Work Location: One location
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