• Quality Control Scientist

    Job Locations US-IA-Norway
    Req No.
    2018-2006
    Category
    Quality
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

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    SUMMARY

     

    The Quality Control Scientist is well versed in design of experiments, statistical analysis, as well as development and validation of analytical methods for quality control and authenticity evaluations of herbs, spices, essential oils, fixed oils, dietary supplement and food ingredients within scientific disciplines such as sensory analysis, chemistry,

    microbiology, and/or microscopy.

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develops and validates analytical methods, GLPs and SOPs.
    • Leads projects relating to the development of laboratory optimization, functionality and method validation.
    • Adhere to current ISO, USP, AOAC, and FDA guidance and standards for method validation.
    • Collaborates in conducting research by working with analysts, project managers and other partners.
    • Conducts research effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation.
    • Operate, calibrate, and maintain lab equipment, including, but not limited to, analytical balances, pH meters, HPLC, UV-VIS spectrophotometers, FT-IR/NIR spectrophotometers, GC, viscometers, pyncnometers, density meters, refractometers, polarimaters, etc.; daily duties may include running instruments and sample testing.
    • Ability to perform advanced maintenance and troubleshooting of analytical lab instruments including but not limited to HPLC, GC-FID, GC-MS, ICP-MS, microscopes and spectrophotometers..
    • Contributes to the dissemination of knowledge gained through research by preparing and publishing findings and presenting findings in meetings internally and externally.
    • Serves as reliable resource of information by maintaining extensive and current knowledge about products and the industry.
    • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development training as needed, Participate in industry and professional organizations.
    • Provides input regarding test methodologies and SOPs.
    • Research specifications/procedures by reviewing and pulling information from various reference materials (books, trade journals, scientific papers, and published methods including but not limited to: ASTA, AFNOR, and ISO).
    • Train staff on instrument use, methodologies and SOPs.
    • Present information and data to customers, vendors and outside organizations as requested.
    • Able to research product attributes in reference books, trade and scientific journals. Interacts with departmental and interdepartmental personnel to solve product issues.
    • Other duties may be assigned.

     

     

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

    This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

     

     

    QUALIFICATIONS

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duties satisfactorily. This includes a continuous requirement to be a non-tobacco user as well as avoiding the personal use of perfumes, scents or fragrances while on the job. The additional requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

     

    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

     

    MS in biology, chemistry, food science or related other field from four-year college or  university; and 7 to 10 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and  experience.

     

     

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

     

    Ability to read and comprehend detailed instructions, correspondence, reports and memos. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively with a variety of people and respond to basic questions in situations where common courtesy and tact are needed.

     

    QUANTITATIVE SKILLS

     

    Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as concentrations, densities, statistical factors, proportions, percentages, area, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations and experimental data. Ability to use a computer to create spreadsheets and charts, and run reports.

     

    OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

     

    Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work independently.

    Ability to work efficiently and effectively with little or no supervision.

    Understands and applies good laboratory practices.

    Strong organization skills and attention to detail.

    Ability to work within a professional and functional team concept.

    Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft office, database, and LIMS software.

    Ability to navigate and utilize web based applications such as Internet Explorer.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and/or fingers to type, handle, or feel and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and view a computer monitor or video display. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision, necessary to evaluate products effectively. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision, necessary to evaluate products effectively.

     

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

     

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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