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at LESAFFRE INTERNATIONAL
This position reports to the Laboratory Supervisor. May also receive direction from the Laboratory Manager and the Production Superintendent. Interfaces with processing supervisors and operators, maintenance workers and general service operators, to obtain samples, explain needed maintenance in lab or to request supplies located outside the lab. The Lab technician’s primary function is to conduct various tests and analyses as they relate to chemistry, microbiology, and physical processes. Other responsibilities include the maintenance and upkeep of lab equipment and the general work area including the following: cleaning and calibration of equipment, keeping records of maintenance performed, and ensuring equipment is working properly, keeping work area clean and orderly.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Other duties may be assigned depending upon operational needs
Conducts microbiological analysis of samples and preparation of pure culture yeast for use in fermentations.
Conducts test including nitrogen, phosphorus, pH, color, percentage of Buds, dry matters, sugar, brix, sludge, following written procedures, calculating results and recording in appropriate log books and/or computer files.
Conducts chemical and physical analysis of raw materials and yeast, both in-process and finished product.
Tests yeast for activity using Risograph and/or Fermentometer.
Follows written procedures to conduct tests on various types of dough using different yeast lots or types.
Maintains equipment and general work area including the following: cleaning and calibration of equipment, keeping records of maintenance performed, and ensuring equipment is working properly, keeping work area clean and orderly.
Responsible for proper use and maintenance of lab equipment and supplies including: analytical balance, centrifuge, mixer, drying oven, pH meter, color meter, stir plate, lab ware, Risograph, spectrophotometer, distillation unit, mineralization units, fume hood, chemicals, incubator, water bath, thermometers, titrators, YSI 2700D and Buchi B-339.
Prepares chemical solutions for processing area lab equipment.
Ensures that processing area is stocked with supply of needed solutions; prepares these solutions.
Performs tests accurately and consistently, following procedures and performing tests in same way each day to provide accurate results.
Completion of monthly intra laboratory crosscheck tests.
Conform to food safety and good laboratory practice rules.
Cross check of production department’s CIP solutions.
Maintenance and calibration of lab equipment in the production department
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Chemistry lab experience either through formal training or work experience. Some computer knowledge helpful, particularly use of Microsoft Excel. This position requires ability to prioritize and organize tasks during the day. May require repeat analysis if unsure or have unusual results. Decision to repeat tests may be made independently or directed by supervisor. Technician must be able to follow written procedures, be organized, precise, observant, efficient, and capable of working with minimal supervision. Must be able to perform several tasks simultaneously while maintaining accurate timing and procedures for each task. Must be detail oriented and safety minded.
Ability to learn and apply proper laboratory techniques to a variety of assays.
Ability to prioritize and organize tasks.
Ability to apply common math skills to various calculations as related to laboratory tasks.
Mechanical aptitude and trouble-shooting skills are helpful.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Current college-level course work with some exposure to chemistry and/or microbiology required. Associate Degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science or related field preferred. Two years chemistry related lab experience desired.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employees is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel, and reach. The employee is occasionally required to sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to normal laboratory conditions. Occasionally, in the gathering of samples, the employee is exposed to ambient weather conditions as well as plant conditions. In the laboratory, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, may be present.