The function of this job is to perform advanced analytical and microbiological testing of food products, ingredients, and environmentals. The position consistently exercises independent judgment and discretion in performing the application and evaluation of approved microbiological techniques and methodologies used in analytical testing, and the interpretation of test results. This role has training and supervisory responsibilities as needed.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES • Accurately perform and read test results and notify Laboratory Management of deviations • Prepare and analyze samples for indicator organisms, pathogens, and chemistries • Apply aseptic/microbiological techniques in daily workload • Apply independent judgement in the interpretation of qualitative test results • Conduct additional testing as needed based upon independent review of test results • Accurately perform final determination of special micros and complete final results disposition • Communicate results including pathogenic confirmations and maintain a positive relationship with clients • Report inventory and expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirements • Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, trash disposal, and equipment quality control • Assist in quality control duties to by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls, etc. • Assist with training and research assignments including troubleshooting • Independently pursue an assigned series of processes, procedures, or techniques in accordance with FSNS policies/procedures and customer requirements • Assisting in developing and revising Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) • Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends • Perform all activities in a neat, safe, hygienic, and efficient manner • Share information in an open and timely manner • Assist with managing priorities and schedule • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area • Responsible for the completion of required training • Travel is required and at the discretion of management
Perform other duties as assigned
As needed from time to time, assist in performing Login Technician, Media Technician, and/or Micro Technician.
If assigned, conduct responsibilities of Branch Safety Coordinator outlined in the corporate safety manual and report to the Corporate Safety Officer for assigned duties
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. FSNS complies with its reasonable accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law.
Regularly required to stand, sit, walk, use hands and arms, talk and hear
Lift up to 25 pounds
Color vision and depth perception
Bachelor’s degree in Life Science or related field, microbiology preferred
Two or more years of experience in a commercial food-testing or analytical laboratory
Or equivalent combination of education and experience
Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures
Familiar with GLP, OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, ISO, and USP methods and procedures
Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory
Food Safety Net Services offers exciting opportunities for individuals interested in the food science industry. We welcome individuals who are looking for a dynamic organization that prides itself in its unequivocal excellence in service to its customers and employees.
We are committed to creating long-term value for our people, supporting their success and satisfaction as our inte...rnal customers and team members
We value diversity in our laboratories and are unquestionably devoted to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Food Safety Net Services offers an attractive compensation and benefit package.