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Entry-level Lab Assistant (Food Science) Various Shifts
Lab Support - Winchester, VA

 

 

We’re seeking qualified candidates for an Entry-level Lab Assistant contract position in the Winchester, VA area. This is a great opportunity to gain industry exposure in the scientific industry!

Position Summary: Basic knowledge of lab set up in order to pull and properly handle samples for chemical, microbiological, retains and shelf life analysis of all dairy and non-dairy products. This position is required to be knowledgeable in basic lab quality control skills and be able to identify quality issues on the lines and report to proper personnel. This is an entry-level position into the lab to train individuals on testing protocols and importance of accurate data collection as it pertains to quality.

HOURS: There are 2 shifts available, both are a rotating swing shift (meaning you will only work 3-4 days per week, on 12 hour shifts).

1st shift: 6am-6pm
2nd shift: 6pm-6am

*Preference will be given to candidates who are flexible to either shift

PAY RANGE: $13-14/hour depending on experience

Activities:
- Primary responsibility is to pull all required samples in the established time periods allowing laboratory to be able to identify product issues as they are running on the line. Verifies that product meets the required specifications on the line, such as codes, packaging, absence of leakers, etc. and that operator, coordinators and laboratory resources as well as senior techs are aware of any deviations when they are noted. Understands the importance of this notification process and how it affects profitability of the plant when out-of-spec product is ran.
- Required to know how to run and interpret the results on the following tests: vacuum checks; temperature; appearance; weights; code date verifications; packaging checks; seal check verification; pH or T.A.; coffee testing; shelf life verification; pulling retains for customer complaints; flavor; odor; peroxide checks on Evergreen packaging; Oxonia tests on Serac for POAA levels; spin tests; pre-setting the carts in incubators for microbiological testing; calibrations and standards; etc. Other testing may be required as well.
- Responsible for the daily cleanup and review of racking systems in the incubators and coolers. Also must set up racks before the lines start.
- Must maintain lab in a clean and organized fashion which includes removal of trash, consolidating and organizing supplies, wiping down counters, equipment and walls, sweeping, mopping, etc. prior to end of shift.
- Involvement in team-oriented processes in order to ascertain improvements within the lab and plant.
- Various tasks involving the responsibility of the food safety and quality of company products.

Qualifications:

- Some familiarity with laboratory processes, manufacturing and/or quality control.
- High school education and/or GED required.
- AS/BS in Food Science or Sciences is preferred.
- Knowledge of food standards and handling, HACCP, any sciences training, and/or dairy experience all considered a plus.
- Physical/Mental requirements including, but not limited to: mobility through plant, lifting, succeeding in a fast paced environment, juggling multiple tasks, etc.
- Must be able to pull Serac lines in 20-minute intervals and Paper lines in 30-minute intervals.

Required experience:

  • lab techniques: 1 year

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