Microbiology Technician - Food - Water - Bucks - £20-26k UKAS - ISO17025 - Aseptic Technique - Media Preparation - Plate Counting A leading food manufacturer have an opportunity for a microbiology technician to join their team. Your role will be to carry out microbiological testing studies in support of NPD and troubleshooting. You will have a Degree in biology or related subject, and a minimum of 1-year experience in a UKAS accredited food/water microbiology laboratory. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES To perform challenge testing of products including: oCulture preparation oSample preparation oInoculation oMicrobiological analysis oPlate counting oData review To perform product profiling - pH and water activity analysis for microbiological risk assessment. To partake in appropriate, timely and effective response to any microbial food safety issues. To perform all duties in accordance with ISO 17025 principles. To perform all necessary housekeeping functions and other general duties as required. To work within the company H&S requirements. KNOWLEDGE / QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE The ideal candidate will have sufficient experience in a UKAS accredited Food/Water Microbiology laboratory, operating at least to a Technician level and will have a working knowledge of all functions including: LIMS and sample log in Sample preparation and dilution Media plating Plate reading and reporting Product profiling - pH and water activity analysis Confirmation tests and pathogen detection tests Media preparation Culture maintenance and preparation Challenge testing including culture/sample preparation and inoculation techniques However, consideration will be given to candidates with less experience, as full on job training will be provided. COMPETENCIES, SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS Good attention to detail and record keeping Proven good organisational abilities and self motivated Good scientific discipline and logical approach to working Ability to work to agreed protocols and standards Ability to work accurately under pressure Good inter-personnel skills and good team work Ability to multi task Good practical skills Drive and enthusiasm to carry out tasks within this function This is a great opportunity to join a leading manufacturer. Apply now.