Lab Technician
Lab Support - Virginia

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Lab Support is currently searching for contract production technicians for a busy food manufacturer in Winchester, VA. This is a great opportunity for new grads looking for an entry level opportunity! This is a 3 month contract and candidates must be available for shift work.

Responsibilities:
  • Pulling, logging, and running finish product and processing samples for all test required on each product.
  • Pull sample of incoming raw material and packaging to determine acceptability of loads from our suppliers
  • Audit CIP chemical concentrations and ensures compliance to company specifications.
  • Must be able to prepare media and other lab controls. These would include but are not limited to pour plates, buffer water, etc
  • Operate autoclave to sterilize plates and equipment as needed while ensuring sterility test are accurate.
  • Assist in lab equipment PMs such as cleaning the Micro Luminescence Systems weekly with caustic; drain and clean the autoclave bi-weekly; changing fluid standards and filters on the cryoscopy.
  • Innoclulating batch tanks with enzyme and vitamins and recording usages on the various logs.
  • Responsible for the daily cleanup and review of racking systems in the incubators and cooler to set up for shelf life testing.
  • Participate in environmental testing in and around plant that includes swabbing, air plating, water sampling, etc.
  • Verifies that plant equipment meets sanitation requirements prior to start up.
  • BS/BA in related science
  • Prior experience in food manufacturing preferred.
  • Knowledge of food microbiology, chemistry, dairy standards and CIP sanitation preferred.
  • Intermediate Computer Skill (i.e. Word, Excel, etc)
  • Ability to work well with people.
  • Communication skills are a must.
  • Multi-tasked Individual
  • Ability to work independently.

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