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Food Microbiologist

Godshall's Quality Meats, Inc.
Souderton, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Job Purpose

The Food Microbiologist is part of Godshall's laboratory team tasked with undertaking a variety of routine scientific duties under the company's Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). The right candidate must be detail-oriented, have strong analytical skills, and have the ability to work independently. The Food Microbiologist will report to the Food Science Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary job duties and responsibilities include:
  • Conduct experimentation using a designed approach to validate formulations and processes at the bench and pilot scale before entering production.
  • Engage in collaborative efforts with the Research and Development (R&D) department and other cross-functional teams, proposing and formulating innovative products, processes, and technologies to contribute to Godshall's continued growth.
  • Troubleshoot challenges encountered in projects, produce suggestions and discuss with the Food Science Director on solutions.
  • Assist with developing independent insights to improve the shelf-life tracking process.
  • Attending production runs as needed.
  • Involved in shelf-life analysis and other duties as assigned.
  • Process swab samples and report results.
  • Contribute to analyzing and determining swab patterns.

Interpersonal Skills
  • Reliable, comes to work every day and arrives to work on time.
  • Come prepared to contribute.
  • Works to the best of their ability
  • Accepts constructive feedback.
  • Team player
  • Demonstrate
    effective communication skills that encourage active participation, facilitate educational interactions, and foster the exchange of information, all while establishing elevated performance expectations for both personal and departmental deliverables.


Minimum qualifications required to perform the job successfully include:
  • B.S. in Microbiology, Food Science, Biology or a related field
  • Ability to operate and maintain equipment safely.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic working environment.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize activities to meet business-critical timelines.
  • Ability to carry out duties and instructions diligently and logically with moderate amounts of supervision.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity and experience with standard laboratory instruments and Microbiology testing methods

Working Conditions

Must be able to work in various work environments. (office/lab/production)

Exposure to plant environment that is wet, very humid and undergoes temperature changes, from hot to cold. Fast-paced environment working around heavy meat processing equipment.

Physical Requirements
  • Required to sit, stand or walk for long periods of time.
  • Frequent use of hands for simple and firm grasping
  • Frequent lifting, carrying 5 pounds to 50 pounds.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This position description is only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this position. The incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those stated in this description.

The company reserves the right to revise or change this job description as the need arises. This job description does not constitute any written or implied contract of employment.

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