DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA Microbiologist I in Springfield, Missouri

Microbiologist I Location:2835 N Oak Grove AveSpringfield, Missouri, 65803United StatesCompany: CompanyReq Num: req7124 Job Description Tests food products and environmental samples for the presence of foodborne Pathogens and indicator organisms. Duties and Responsibilities: * Continued completion of Microbiologist II and III tasks while demonstrating proficiency. Microbiologist III: * Performs and becomes proficient in microbiological analysis of food and environmentalmatrices for the detection of primarily indicator organisms and Pathogen plate counts. * Sample labeling and associated document preparation * Sample hydration and preparation * Sample dilution * Performing routine testing including plate counts, molecular test kits, and biochemicalanalysis of organisms. Use and understanding of selective and differential microbiological media * Reading and interpretation of test results * Recording of results in an ISO 17025 compliant manner * Understands the use and purpose of Laboratory Control Samples and is proficient in the preparation and setting of such organisms. * Perform satisfactory on split samples for microbiology. * Uses proper aseptic technique by sterilizing testing materials and demonstrating frequent and proper hand washing/gloving. * Maintains a clean and organized lab. * Ensures laboratory supplies are stocked at each workstation to promote efficient processing of samples. Notifies the Microbiology Supervisor of supply shortages as needed. * Supports the Quality System * Completes QA/QC job functions as assigned * Understands how deviations from procedures effect testing validity and accreditation * Acknowledges quality non-conformances, corrective actions, and preventative actions to ensure occurrences are not repetitive * Ensures testing labeling and documentation are complete * Plans and schedules work day to ensure all testing is complete in required time frame. * Participates in cross-training with other departments such as Media Preparation and Log-in/Sample Preparation. * Recommends changes to current methodologies and procedures to ensure efficiency. * Becomes proficient with LIMS as applicable to the above procedures and tasks. * Works with supervisors to develop yearly objectives and goals. * Attends continuing education seminars and presents relevant information to supervisor and co-workers. * Attend internal technical seminars on equipment and maintenance Microbiologist II: * Demonstrates proficiency in the interpretation of testing results to include: * Enumeration and identification of bacterial types. * Understanding the importance of selective and differential media, colony color, and colony morphology. * Understands the theory behind molecular techniques and factors that may affect results. Interprets molecular results to include analysis of thresholds, identifying typical and atypical curves, and understanding the proper confirmation procedures. Troubleshoot technical issues. * Evaluates microbial and chemical controls to ensure validity of testing results. * Trains on SOP s for rapid testing platforms ELISA, PCR, etc.. * Monitors and Calibrates equipment to ensure proper performance. Ability to identify whenequipment and/or test kits are not functioning properly and notify the Microbiology Supervisor * Demonstrated proficiency of tasks outlined in the Microbiologist II and III positions is required. * For internal promotion, must have received satisfactory performance reviews without corrective action. EEO/AA/Female/Minority/Disabled/Veteran EEO/AA/Female/Minority/Disabled/VeteranEmployer's Job# 7124Please visit job URL for more information about this opening and to view EOE statement..