The Fermentation Laboratory Technician is responsible for sampling, testing, analysis and recording of results in a safe and efficient manner as prescribed in the daily operating plan or by request. Laboratory Technicians are responsible with the passaging and grow-up of cultures for fermentation at the plant.
Laboratory Technicians are expected to be methodical and very detail oriented in their work. They must be familiar with design of experiments and be able to analyze and interpret data, conduct calculations and present information in spreadsheets, charts, graphs or in reports. Laboratory Technicians are responsible for maintaining and operating standard laboratory equipment including centrifuges, titrators, pipetting machines, gas chromatographs, high-performance liquid chromatographs, ion chromatographs, Karl Fischer, pH meters, etc.
He/she is expected to organize and effectively manage the workflow through the laboratory and track consumables to ensure proper inventory management in the lab. Laboratory Technicians will be required to have a familiarity with the processes and layout of the plant in order to assist with sample collections.
At times, based on needs of the plant, the Laboratory Technician may act as a resource to production for minor process and or operational activities.
· Bachelor’s Degree in a science related field, preferably chemistry or biology focused.
· 2 years of experience in a laboratory setting.
· Experience in an industrial manufacturing environment with process experience, a plus.
· Solid computer skills. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite software and process software.
· Able to work in a team environment or independently. Must possess a high degree of self-motivation, be able to accept responsibility and complete assigned action items in a timely manner.
· Able to safely operate laboratory equipment (e.g. GC, IC, HPLC, etc.).
· Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
· Able to work rotating shifts and, occasional overtime, in order to support the needs of the plant.
· Strong multi-tasking skills and high attention to detail.
· Work environment includes working outside during varying temperature and weather conditions, working inside facility buildings including process areas, control rooms and the laboratory. At times, environment may have presence of dust, fumes and moderate noise.
· Able to lift, pull, pick-up and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
· Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for climbing stairs and ladders, sitting, walking on paved and unpaved surfaces, and standing for prolonged periods of time; operating a computer and keyboard; visual acuity to review written documentation; ability to hear and understand speech at normal room levels and on the telephone; manual dexterity to operate a telephone, computer, tools, etc.; lift horizontally and vertically, bending, stooping, and reaching.
· Work environment involves potential exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following safety precautions and use of proper PPE.
· Must be physically and mentally able to work at elevations above ground (while tied-off or otherwise secured from fall).