RESEARCH

Laboratory Technician

Sheridan, IN

Position Title: Laboratory Technician
Position Reports To: Lab QA/QC Supervisor
Approx. # of People Supervised: 0
Department / Division: Research
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Job Grade: N/A

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Summary / Purpose of Position:
The Lab Technician’s primary responsibility is to execute established QC methods to perform analysis on animal feed and ingredients. Additional duties include assisting Lab Research Associates and performing routine laboratory tasks.

Primary Job Responsibilities / Duties:

  • 50%: Analyzes grain and finished feed samples for mycotoxins using ELISA kits
  • 20%: Performs enzyme analysis following established protocols on animal feed, ingredients and other nutrition products
  • 15%: Receives samples and entering customer information into lab database
  • 10%: Performs routine lab and equipment maintenance procedures including: cleaning glassware, restocking supplies and preparing reagents
  • 5%: Assists Research and Innovation group in execution of animal trials, sample collection, and other duties as required by the Research department
  • Maintains detailed laboratory notebook

Additional Job Responsibilities / Duties

  • Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

Typical Work Environment

  • A portion of this work is conducted in a laboratory environment with exposure to chemicals and various types of laboratory equipment
  • A portion of this work is conducted in a temperature-regulated office
  • A portion of this work is conducted at a commercial feed mill and research farm

Minimum Job Qualification Requirements:

Education / Training:

  • Associates degree in science or related field or equivalent professional experience

Relevant Job Experience:

  • 1-2 years of lab experience preferred

Specialized Job / Technical Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and how to use laboratory equipment for weighing, pipetting, pH calibration, performing dilutions, etc.
  • Knowledge of experimental procedures
  • Knowledge of how to use Microsoft Office
  • Experience using a spectrophotometer is preferred

Non-Technical Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks consistently
  • Ability to perform oral and written instructions effectively
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Champion of United cultural values

Licenses / Certification:

  • None

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 or more pounds periodically
  • Ability to work around chemicals and enzymes

Safety Requirements:

  • Follow all company safety procedures and safety regulations
  • Wear proper personal protective equipment as required

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