The Food Microbiologist will perform laboratory and in-plant validation studies and challenge studies with foodborne pathogens, surrogate microorganisms and spoilage microorganisms in support of plant operations, customer requirements, regulatory requirements, quality management and research and development. The Food Microbiologist must have a working knowledge about processed meats, ingredients, formulations, processing systems, packaging, and shelf life. The Food Microbiologist will apply this knowledge towards maintenance and improvement of the safety and quality of products and to assure customer- and regulatory-compliance. Will assist in managing the shelf life program and reviewing detailed product information for approvals of shelf life.
Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:
Designs, conducts and reports laboratory and plant microbiological research on processed meats, raw materials, ingredients, finished products, processing aids, sanitizers and processing systems to improve food safety and quality.
Conducts appropriate research in concert with R&D and operations that design critical food safety attributes into new products at inception.
Supports and assists with managing the shelf life program by making sure all products are validated and by making food safety approvals of products for shelf life through the product master data management system.
Maintains a clean and efficient laboratory environment and adheres to Good Laboratory Practices.
Finds, collects and disseminates relevant scientific information for the purpose of maintaining and/or improving safety and quality of company products and performance in the marketplace.
Provides technical assistance and guidance to plant QA and operational personnel on microbiological and food safety issues.
Maintains relationships in the scientific community to help keep up with current, relevant science.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
Master's degree in Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Meat Science, Food Science & Technology, or related field from a regionally accredited college or university and 2 years of relevant experience in food safety microbiology; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
A Ph.D. is preferred.
A thorough knowledge of microorganisms in foods and the ability to apply such knowledge towards quality of processed meat products.
Laboratory and plant project design and planning skills and the ability to communicate relevant technical information relating to food safety to processed meat plant QA and operational managers.
Must be able to communicate effectively with scientists and non-scientists alike. Must effectively communicate with personnel in plant production, quality and food safety, business development, plant general management, executives within the company, and customers.
Experienced with experimental design and statistical analysis.
Ability to independently conduct applied research in a laboratory and red meat-processing environments.
Prior peer-reviewed publications in food safety microbiology would be advantageous.
Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
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