Lab Technician

Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery is looking for a Quality Control Lab Technician to be responsible for inspecting, testing, sorting, sampling or weighing raw materials or processed products for deviations from specifications. This includes using precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment; generating, compiling, organizing and evaluating quality assurance data so that all functions in the brewery are monitored. Maintain the laboratory in a fully functioning and professional manner and act as a scientific resource to rest of brewery staff.

Full-time benefits include health insurance, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays, 401K, product allowance, and more as outlined in the employee handbook. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct aseptic and environmental sampling throughout the brewery
  • Prepare microbiological media, sterile plating and microscopic analysis of microbial growth
  • Perform chemical and microbial analysis of water, wort, yeast, beer, and brewery environment
  • Collaborate with other staff to ensure gauge precision proper calibration of brewing, cellaring, and laboratory equipment
  • Help to develop, organize, implement and continuously optimize sensory panel tastings
  • Use various techniques for measurements of analytical data including, beer bitterness and color
  • Data entry including brew, fermentation, cellar, QA/QC, and software (Ekos Brewmaster, Chillatron)

  • Experience in a laboratory setting
  • Excellent skills in communicating with a variety of audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiar with the entire brewing process, from grain to glass
  • Familiar with general laboratory instruments and techniques (e.g. pH meter, spectrophotometer, microscope, cellometer, serial dilutions, pipetting, aseptic technique, lab centrifuge, etc.)
  • Familiar with manufacturing, laboratory, and documentation practices
  • Ability to work safely with hazardous chemicals
  • Ability to work safely in a wet, noisy, and non-temperature controlled environment
  • Ability to work safely in confined spaces and around complex machinery
  • Ability to stoop, squat, kneel, and crawl for purposes of collecting samples, gathering data, and cleaning
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects at one time, maintaining attention to detail with each project
  • Ability to meet production, quality and safety standards
  • Must be 21 years of age
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