Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The MSU Bioeconomy Institute is seeking a full-time Biotechnician to support fermentation and recovery operations at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute. The MSU Bioeconomy Institute helps organizations accelerate new specialty and biobased chemicals to commercialization. The successful applicant will be responsible for the following activities.
Preparing the media, solutions, instruments, and equipment needed to perform fermentations and/or recovery processes at laboratory and pilot scales.
Operating and adjusting recovery equipment based on observations, data collection, and goals of the process to ensure the safe and successful completion of the project.
Preparing and running samples on analytical instruments according to established guidelines.
Monitoring aseptic growth of microorganisms in flasks, on solid media, and in stirred tank reactors, adjusting conditions as needed and determining the purity of cultures.
Entering data into batch records and spreadsheet workbooks and judging the quality of data based on pass/fail criteria.
Cleaning and sterilizing vessels and other equipment.
Ordering and restocking laboratory supplies.
The successful candidate must be able to work well individually or as part of a team, have a good mechanical aptitude, and be a self-starter. The hours for this position are variable, and will include some night and weekend shifts. Knowledge and experience with aseptic techniques, large scale vessels, or processing equipment is desirable.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge acquired by completing an associate’s degree program in microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, chemical engineering or other related field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience performing basic laboratory techniques specific to the area of employment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
This position will require some evening and weekend hours.
Summary of Physical Demands
The job requires moderate physical effort such as lifting up to 50 lbs., loud noise, and requires manual dexterity to work with laboratory equipment and supplies.
Summary of Health Risks
This job will involve working with potentially dangerous chemical and/or biological hazards. The position also involves working around loud equipment, and machinery common to a microbiological pilot plant.
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