This position reports to the Company Microbiologist. The Microbiology Technician is responsible
for running the routine testing of packaged products, raw materials, water samples and random
plant surface swab samples to determine microbial contamination and compliance with
appropriate standards. The Microbiology Technician must be competent in the creation of plates
using various media and the proper disposal of contaminated samples.
Understand proper workflow in the compounding and production areas of the plant.
Understand the coding system for packaging, labels, raw materials, intermediates and
finished goods in order to maintain accurate identification of production and production
Learn and understand the operation of the manufacturing software and be able to create
and modify production and quality documents as needed. You will use the manufacturing
system to record the results of microbiological tests and inspections.
Learn and understand the complete set of microbiological control tests used to document
a product’s conformance to standards. Become proficient in obtaining accurate test
Record conforming batch test results for inclusion on Certificates of Analysis.
Troubleshoot non-conforming batches or raw materials.
Inspect out-going product when required by customs or customer requirements
Investigate product quality complaints or concerns.
Accurately file and maintain laboratory records.
Obtain and process daily water samples from production and assay for microbial content using the
BDFACS micro counter and filtered membrane technique. Prepare and process sampling tools to re-use
for next day’s sampling efforts.
Maintain and record daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly use events in BDFACS micro count Maintence
log data sheet.
Extract water micro data from BDFACS and enter into EXCEL sheet for trending data.
Prepare reagents, as needed, for the BDFACS micro counter.
Process finished goods for bioburden content employing pour plate technique using six different recovery
media. Count plates utilizing Quebec Counter and record results in the lab notebook and enter results in
Prepare recovery media as use demand requires. Record type of media made and quantity in media prep
Knowledge and use of autoclave to decontaminate spent plates and pipets. Proper disposal of sterilized
items. Record data in autoclave book.
Knowledge and use of sterilization strips and biological indicator ampules and when to use them and
record their results in the autoclave book.
Assist in the Preservative Efficacy Test (PET) with dilutions, pipetting of samples into plates and pour
Ensure lab is clean, organized and wiped down on a daily basis.
Knowledge and use of electronic scales to make precise weight measurements for product examination
and media prep.
Knowledge and use of water bath.
Follow and apply Good Laboratory Practices and current Good Manufacturing Practices.
Assist in the lab inventory supply management and ordering of consumable supplies.
Maintain a safe and satisfactory work area as determined by OSHA and company guidelines and procedures.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions,
conclusions or approaches to problems.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate
quality or performance.
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It may not involve
solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a
specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Language Skills - Ability to read and interpret documents and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine
reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of
Mathematical Skills - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole
numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Understand the concept of percent. Have knowledge of statistical
Reasoning Ability - Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written,
oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Associate or Bachelor’s degree in microbiology.
Industrial microbiology lab experience a plus.
Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Non climate controlled warehouse environment with machine and production line noise.
Ability to stand, walk, sit, squat, bend, and climb for long periods of time.
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)