Laboratory Research Technician

Job Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Chemistry, Biology, or related field required.
  • Excellent mathematical, communication and computer skills, be strongly detail oriented and be able to easily multi-task.
  • Should be able to independently initiate, prioritize, and perform or solve work problems and ultimately achieve work objectives and meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in written and verbal form with co-workers, supervisor and management.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook etc.).
  • Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
  • Follow written (Standard Operating Procedures -SOP’s, company memos & emails) and verbal Instructions.
  • Minimum of one year related experience with demonstrated aptitude to learn on-the-job.
  • Familiarity with plant and lab equipment (HPLC, GCMS, GCO and UV Spectrophotometer) operation and SOPs.
  • Possess a strong work ethic to positively contribute to the company’s mission, vision, values and environmental policy and quality policy.
  • Must have a positive attitude, support co-workers to obtain desired objectives, and assist others in their contributions.
  • Ability to adapt to changing paces and processes quickly.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (in required areas) for extended periods of time.
  • Handle, store and dispose of hazardous chemicals safely according to their SDS,federal, state and environmental regulations.
  • Attentive to the task and own surroundings.

Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to analyze beer, hop and hop product samples in support of pilot brewery, hop production and R&D projects. This position works within the Technical Solutions department and reports to the Technical Manager.

Job Duties:

  • Lead daily operations in regards sample preparation and analysis
    • Assist supervisor with prioritizing samples and analysis
    • Organize data collection and analyzing results
    • Communicate results to internal/external customers
    • Assist supervisor with ensuring that sample analysis procedures are followed
  • Analyze incoming samples as per protocol and SOPs.
    • Sample preparation of leaf hops, cryo products, pellets, extract, advanced products, and beer.
  • Operate the following equipment:
    • Gas Chromatograph with FID – Agilent Technologies
    • GC/Mass Spec with TDU – Agilent Technologies/Gerstel
    • HPLC - Agilent Technologies
    • UV Spectrometer – Shimadzu
    • Titrator – Mettler Toledo
    • FTIR – Perkin Elmer
    • Digital Density Meter – Anton Paar
    • pH Meter
    • Rotovap
  • Lead laboratory research projects.
    • Assist Manager with research design and protocols
    • Write SOP’s as required
    • Assist with method development
    • Analyze samples and data
    • Prepare reports of data to present at industry meetings
    • Remain up-to-date with current and future technology that applies to the lab, hops and beer.
  • Laboratory team member
    • Assist in maintaining cleanliness and appearance of lab
    • Follow safety requirements.
    • Enter data in Excel, ERP and other software and communicate results.
    • Communicate both verbally and in writing effectively with customers and other YCH teams to share results and present ideas.
    • Assist in maintaining all analysis equipment to ensure accuracy and dependability
    • Assist in the investigation and resolution of quality issues.
    • Assist supervisor with ordering and maintaining lab supplies
  • Perform other duties within the company as required.
  • Continuously look for ways to improve process efficiency and notify immediate supervisor of observations and recommendations.
  • Must have a complete understand of company’s policies, SOPs, QPs, EPs, HACCP and cGMP to ensure quality, safety, efficiency and sustainability.
  • Adhere to company safety policies as well as federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations.
  • Follow all instructions from the Manager.
  • Examine documents, materials, and products and monitor work processes to assess completeness, accuracy and conformance to standards and specifications.

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