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Food Safety Laboratory Scientist - North Little Rock, AR 72118

Safe Foods





Description/Job Summary

The Entry Level Food Safety Laboratory Scientist will be part of the Research and Development team and will be responsible for executing basic R&D experiments that are related to food safety and food microbiology, as directed by the R&D team.

The successful candidate should be a self-starter with the ability to work individually and in a team environment, both in the laboratory, and in the field, as needed. The Entry Level Food Safety Laboratory Scientist should demonstrate the ability to develop and implement a written protocol, execute the protocol in either the food safety laboratory, pilot plant, or in-field, and effectively communicate in a written technical report the results of the research.


1. Perform routine food safety/microbiological testing following established protocols and Standard Operating Procedures.

2. Develop Standard Operating Procedures for laboratory equipment and methodologies.

3. Document results of testing following a technical report format.

4. Effectively communicate, per audience, the data and results of microbiological testing.

5. Troubleshoot and maintain microbiological testing equipment, to include supplies and microorganisms.

6. Maintain the lab in compliance with Safe Foods housekeeping and safety standards.

7. Assist Senior Research Scientist in literature reviews.

8. Assist in the field, either R&D or Technical Services, as needed to gain experience and knowledge in how to communicate the findings in a laboratory environment to what is applicable in the food safety industry.

9. Assist in the operation of the Pilot Plant to effectively execute a food safety experiment utilizing equipment used within the food safety industry.

10.Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

Required Education

Broad knowledge of such fields as accounting, marketing, business administration, finance, etc. Equivalent to a four year college degree, plus 0 to 6 months related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred Qualifications

1. Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Poultry Science, or Food Science from an accredited University

2. Effective interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written

3. Attention to detail and a keen sense of observation

4. Motivation to solve complex problems and troubleshoot abnormal data

5. Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously

6. Ability to set-up, maintain and repair laboratory equipment

7. Ability to culture microorganisms in a laboratory setting, and effectively plate serial dilutions

8. Must be highly motivated, self-starter with the ability to work alone, and as a functioning member of a team

9. Comfortable with Microsoft Office



Ability to read and understand documents such as policy manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and small group situations with customers, clients, general public and other employees of the organization. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and policy/procedure manuals; Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to prepare and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


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