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Microbiology Technician

Food and FMCG

High Wycombe £20k – £25k
permanent Job Ref: 5426

Description

A leading food manufacturer have an opportunity for a microbiology technician to join their team. Your role will be to carry out microbiological testing studies in support of NPD and troubleshooting. You will have a Degree in biology or related subject, and a minimum of 1-year experience in a UKAS accredited food/water microbiology laboratory. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

• To perform challenge testing of products including: 
o Culture preparation 
o Sample preparation 
o Inoculation 
o Microbiological analysis 
o Plate counting 
o Data review 
• To perform product profiling - pH and water activity analysis for microbiological risk assessment. 
• To partake in appropriate, timely and effective response to any microbial food safety issues. 
• To perform all duties in accordance with ISO 17025 principles. 
• To perform all necessary housekeeping functions and other general duties as required. 
• To work within the company H&S requirements. 


KNOWLEDGE / QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE 

The ideal candidate will have sufficient experience in a UKAS accredited Food/Water Microbiology laboratory, operating at least to a Technician level and will have a working knowledge of all functions including: 

• LIMS and sample log in 
• Sample preparation and dilution 
• Media plating 
• Plate reading and reporting 
• Product profiling - pH and water activity analysis 
• Confirmation tests and pathogen detection tests 
• Media preparation 
• Culture maintenance and preparation 
• Challenge testing including culture/sample preparation and inoculation techniques 

However, consideration will be given to candidates with less experience, as full on job training will be provided. 


COMPETENCIES, SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS 

• Good attention to detail and record keeping 
• Proven good organisational abilities and self motivated 
• Good scientific discipline and logical approach to working 
• Ability to work to agreed protocols and standards 
• Ability to work accurately under pressure 
• Good inter-personnel skills and good team work 
• Ability to multi task 
• Good practical skills 
• Drive and enthusiasm to carry out tasks within this function