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DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA Laboratory Assistant Media Preparation in SPRINGFIELD, Missouri

General Purpose: Prepare broths, agars and reagents for microbiology; perform QC checks, data entry and cleaning tasks. Duties and Responsibilities: DAILY * Prepare media and reagents following SOP and or product label instructions. Label fresh media and store at the correct temperature. Inspect media to ensure that it is visually acceptable for use i.e.-agar is dissolved, debris or particles are not present, liquid media is not turbid, etc. * Enter all QC information into LIMS and review for accuracy. * Perform media pH analysis and record. * Ensure that positive and negative controls samples are provided to microbiology for all media. * Complete all necessary QC records when Masterclave and AES dispensing equipment is used. * Remove expired media from shelves and properly dispose of the containers. * Deactivate media no longer available for use not expired. * Take a daily inventory of all media to be made utilizing minimum quantity guidelines. * Take a weekly inventory of all media supplies and ensure that the purchasing coordinator is provided an order list. * Autoclave media at required parameters. * Fill in Autoclave Record Logbook. * Prepare Dilution Waters as needed * Monitor that all dilution water has been recorded-purchased and non-purchased. * Perform volume checks on the Omnispense and record on appropriate form. * Clean media room counters and sanitize. * Calibrate pH meter every day used. * Perform pH meter calibration and record result into calibration logbook. * Scan out inventory as supplies are used. * Store all media at the correct temperatures and ensure all labeling is complete and correct. * Level scale prior to use. * Clean the scales thoroughly and sanitize. * Perform daily weight check on media scale and record. * Clean the microwaves as needed * Monitor and document the DI water system daily and ensure that both lights are functioning.Notify management when lights are not on. WEEKLY * Clean and sanitize shelves where media is stored. * Clean and sanitize shelves on walls. * Check all media for certification/date received/date opened information. * Ensure all media has received Media Certification prior to use. * Properly label all containers once certified. * Wipe out drawers. * Autoclave dispenser tubing. * Complete Form 5019-4 Media Room Checklist Hours/Days: Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. with flexibility as required Required Minimum Qualifications: Education and Experience * Minimum of a High School diploma. Prefer current science major college student. Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities * Ability to multi-talk * Excellent communication skills * Knowledge of molarity, normality, percent solutions and basic chemical math equations. * Knowledge of aseptic technique. * Ability to work as a part of a work team, get along with co-workers and contribute in a positive manner. Titles Reporting to this Position: * None Licensing and Certification: * None Physical Demands and Work Environment: * While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time and lift 5-10 pounds, on occasion up to 25 pounds. Hours/Days: Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. with flexibility as requiredEEO/AA/Female/Minority/Disabled/VeteranEmployer's Job# 9687_DFAPlease visit job URL for more information about this opening and to view EOE statement.