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Food Microbiologist Technician
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We are searching for a Food Microbiologist willing to professionally volunteer on behalf of nonprofit water testing lab operating in Cambodia, Siem Reap. The laboratory presently conducts water quality testing for its community development projects and commercially for private individuals, hotels and other businesses in the leisure industry in the region. There has been demand from commercial clients for food safety and environmental testing and in response, the laboratory is now looking to expand its services to offer a wider range of microbiological tests.

Job Brief

  • Develop and implement new analytical tests putting in place the necessary procedures and practices to ensure sound, reliable results
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of current laboratory practices
  • Review current analysis methods according to standard procedures. Revise current laboratory manual policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Develop materials and guidance for the lab to use when providing information to clients on sampling, appropriate tests, interpreting results and suggesting possible remedial measures.
  • Train laboratory staff members to effectively execute new tests in compliance with standard methods
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of current laboratory practices

Responsibilities

  • Review current analysis methods according to standard procedures. Revise current laboratory manual policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Develop and introduce specific procedures, instructions and tools related to the new pathogen and quality indicator bacterial tests to be executed by the laboratory.
  • Further develop the quality control plan and good laboratory practices in the lab.
  • Train technicians and other staff members in new procedures, including sampling requirements, performing analysis, and interpreting and reporting results.
  • Introduce systems for consolidating results and producing technical reports
  • Develop materials and guidance for the lab to use when providing information to clients on sampling, appropriate tests, interpreting results and suggesting possible remedial measures.

Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Minimum 3 months
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree
  • Seniority: two – three years’ experience
  • Start Dates: November 2017
  • Reporting to: Technical Advisor
  • Internship possible

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in food technology or microbiology
  • Two to three years’ experience executing analytical tests in a food laboratory environment
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory best practices
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Demonstrable experience in training others
  • Track record in developing and introducing new laboratory systems and processes

Personal qualities and attitudes to be successful in the project

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail: As with any laboratory, we strives to provide sound, reliable results to its clients. A keen eye for detail will help us identify the priority areas where we can make improvements and ensure we continue to provide accurate, reliable and timely results.
  • Flexible and proactive approach: The lab is small and microbiological testing is limited to basic parameters and represents only a small proportion of its current testing. We need to someone who is adaptive and can use their initiative to work with the resources available in the lab to find solutions that are appropriate and feasible in the context.
  • Work well independently and as part of a team: It will be important to work with other team members to develop and put in place new systems and processes. At the same time, you will have space to work independently and to propose new work practices and areas for improvement

Benefits

You will be able to experience

  • Working in a laboratory that is moving towards a new phase of development and shaping the vision for its expansion
  • the challenges of working in a laboratory environment in a developing country;
  • the satisfaction of contributing to an organization that positively affects the lives of local people and communities;
  • and doing all that in a pleasant and fun atmosphere with a team that is really looking forward to your stay here!

Other benefits provided for free by the hosted organization during your staying

  • Usage of office desk with WiFi
  • Usage of office computer or laptop
  • Usage of bicycle
  • You will work five days a week, office hours, and report to the Technical Advisor.
  • The small laboratory is presently based within the hosting organization offices and is staffed by one technician.