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Lead Microbiologist

Northland Laboratories
Horsham, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Are you looking to progress in your career with a fast-growing food safety company? Are you a hardworking, collaborative team member ready to hit the ground running and get the job done? Then we are looking for you! What we do: Matrix Sciences International Inc. provides a uniquely comprehensive scope of laboratory, advisory, research, data management, and agricultural services that support our customers' confidence in bringing safe, quality food to market. Why it matters: This work allows clients to identify potential contamination before it impacts their products and helps them feel confident that their products meet their quality standards and are safe for consumption in the market. Role summary: In this role, the Lead Microbiologist is responsible for the coordination of lab staff in daily workflow organization and sample troubleshooting in addition to routine and non-routine sample analysis with an emphasis on food microbiology methods. Additionally, monitors lab operations such that quality and behavioral procedures are being followed, supporting management in general operational oversight. What you'll do: * Plan and adjust daily laboratory workflow to meet the needs of sample volumes, client needs, and available staff. * Review and authorize test results, ensuring accuracy and traceability/documentation of activities performed. * Relay operational updates to management, communicating any customer impacts to Customer Service as appropriate. * Maintain technical proficiency and perform routine and non-routine microbiology analyses as required, including result interpretation. * Troubleshoot operation of equipment, assisting in maintenance as required. * Document and respond to QC failures, nonconformities & deviations and client out of specification results. * Participate in investigating non-conformances and development of corrective actions, working to implement required corrective actions at the bench level. * Perform and document training activities for department staff on all laboratory duties performed including safety procedures, general bench skills, method specific proficiencies and associated data system tasks. * Supports quality of lab operations by ensuring employees are following documented procedures and the team works to reduce non-conformances. * Participate in review and revision of applicable Standard Operating Procedures and Work Instructions. * Identify and assist with implementation of process improvements within the Microbiology Department. * Other duties may be assigned to assist with the operations of the lab. * The candidate for this role will be willing to work flexible hours and overtime. What you have: * Bachelor's degree, preferably in Microbiology, or Associates degree with equivalent work experience. * 2 years working in a commercial lab environment with various food samples and methodologies. * Ability to distinguish colors as required for Microbiology testing. * Demonstrated ability to work with a team. * Positive outlook with the ability to adapt to a changing environment. What we offer: * Medical * Dental * Vision * 401(k) * Life Insurance * Short-Term & Long-Term Disability * Accident & Critical Illness * Paid Time-Off * Tuition Reimbursement Location: * Horsham, PA EEO Statement Matrix Sciences International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Matrix Sciences is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity for all applicants and employees. We treat all employees and applicants in conformance with both the spirit and letter of federal, state, and local employment discrimination laws, regulations, and Executive Orders. The Company makes all employment decisions without regard to a person's race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, uniform services membership status or any other characteristic protected by law. Discrimination, retaliation or harassment based upon any of these factors is wholly inconsistent with how we do business and will not be tolerated.

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