Microbiology Media Technician

Lititz, PA
May 04, 2017
May 22, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Microbiology Media Technician-LIT00351 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at www.cargill.com.


This position must be able to work weekends and holidays, and must be able to work in close quarters with coworkers. This position allows for job expansion throughout the BU and onto other BU's. Can move up through the Microbiology Lab and move into a FSQR Technologist position in a plant.

30% Prepare media to proper specifications to achieve optimal results in all microbiological testing - All media is prepared from dehydrated powders. Must be able to prepare media to proper specs and sterilize media using autoclaves. This includes measuring out proper diluents for each specific media using the auto-dispensing machine. All preparation must be done using aseptic techniques. Must be aware of all media on hand and keep stocks of media in supply for future use.

20% Transfer of cultures - Preform transfers of pathogen cultures during enrichment stages using aseptic techniques.

15% Sub-sample finished products and raw materials - Finished good need composited into one sample using aseptic technique.

15% Proper cleaning and operation of autoclaves for best efficiency - This position is in charge of running the autoclaves and keeping them clean and free of debris. Must be able to manage time well to ensure all cycles needing run can be completed in one day.

10% Cover for coworkers' time off including weekends

5% Prepare media for certain tests not run on a routine basis - Must be in contact with microbiologists and supervisor to determine when extra media is needed, those not used on a routine basis. Must communicate with lab to determine if and when these special medias are needed.

5% Perform any other lab duties as assigned - includes training new team members

If selected for an interview, you will be required to submit signed copies of your last two performance reviews. (A completed e-PMP is considered a signed copy.)


Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Scientific Field (such Chemistry, Biology or other scientific field)

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at any one time

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with Steam Autoclaves

  • Previous work in a laboratory setting

  • Previous experience using SAP software

  • Previous experience with pathogen testing

  • Previous experience with the Neogen Genetrak testing system

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Quality Assurance/Food Safety

Primary Location US-PA-Lititz

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job