Microbiologist I

State of Utah

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Job Title: Laboratory – Microbiolgist I Job

Job Description:
The Division of Laboratory Services at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is seeking a qualified individual to fill a Microbiologist I position to support the Dairy, Meat, and Utah Medical Cannabis programs. The incumbant will work in an ISO 17025 accredited Dairy Testing Laboratory and help bring the meat and cannabis testing laboratories under the scope of the ISO accreditaion. The ideal applicant will have a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and knowledge of FDA PMO. However, individuals with bachelor’s degrees in biology or chemistry and some microbiological laboratory experience are encouraged to apply. We are looking for an individual with outstanding integrity, is detail-oriented, and has exceptional interpersonal communication skills. In the dairy testing laboratory, pasteurized and raw milk and Grade A Dairy Products are tested to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. Routine Analyses performed include testing for: total bacteria and coliforms, milk inhibitors and antibiotics, somatic cells, alkaline phosphatase, fat and protein levels in milk products, added water in milk, and dairy water testing. Meat and cannabis testing will primarily involve the use of PCR and plating techniques.

Pursuant to Utah Code §§ 4-41-107 and 26-61a-111, this job includes duties that arise from or directly relate to the Utah Medical Cannabis Act. Duties may require conduct which is in violation of the criminal laws of the United States with respect to the manufacture, sale, or distribution of cannabis. As a condition of employment, candidates who are selected to fill this position will be required to sign an Acceptance of Duties Under the Medical Cannabis Act Acknowledgment Form.

Principal Duties As a Microbiologist I, you will:

Work under the direction of senior laboratory staff.
Conduct microbiological tests and evaluate results.
Perform procedures to prepare the sample for analysis, including grinding, weighing, and diluting samples.
Maintain detailed records of laboratory procedures and analysis results.
Perform essential laboratory housekeeping functions, including temperature tracking, solution preparation, data entry, and cleaning.
Follow established laboratory practices, procedures, and safety guidelines Help maintain laboratory equipment Interpret, explain, and apply agency policies and procedures, business practices, federal or state laws, regulations, etc.
Generate reports and findings, and defend analytical work during hearings or litigation.
Review data, records, and files for detail and accuracy.
Ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc.
Develop or modify rules, policies, standards, and procedures Audit dairies in the State of Utah. Work with foodborne pathogens.
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate has:Experience conducting microbiological testing including plate counting, PCR, ID/AST testing, etc.
A bachelor’s degree in microbiology.
Proficiency in performing basic calculations for preparing precise solution concentrations and sample dilutions.
Advanced knowledge of common office software and data systems.
The ability to effectively manage their own time and the time of others.
The ability to follow established SOPs.
Strong communication skills. Strong teamwork skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
Other Necessary Requirements
The candidate must:Have a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, biochemistry or a related field.
Have advanced knowledge of chemistry and microbiology safety and terminolog.
Have a current driver’s license.
Have a safe driving record.
Be capable of driving a motor vehicle for extended periods of time. Be able to work while sitting or standing.
Be able to lift 50 lbs.
Why You Should Join Our Team:
This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the mission of the Division of Laboratory Services at Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, which is to ensure the wholesomeness and safety of Utah’s food supply and agricultural products through laboratory testing. This position is also an excellent opportunity to learn and contribute to the development of the rapidly growing cannabis industry and ensure the safety of medical cannabis products. As an employee of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, you will receive excellent health and retirement benefits as well as generous paid time off, which contributes to a favorable work-life balance. You will be working as part of a small team in a clean, modern laboratory environment with access to current advanced analytical instrumentation and data systems.

The Agency:
For more information about the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, click here.

Supplemental Information

Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.

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