- Bachelor's degree
- Doctoral degree
- Master's degree
- Presentation skills
- Microsoft Excel
- Laboratory experience
- Food safety
Conagra has the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in food. Our diverse team embraces debate to challenge marketplace/business conventions. We are respected for our great brands, great food, great margins and consistent results. Conagra, be part of building something BIG.
The Microbiologist will analyze and study the general properties of bacteria and other microorganisms in both food and food processing environments through applied research and routine testing at the Corporate Microbiology Laboratory. May independently conduct a wide range of tests to assess that quality specifications have been met. Conducts analyses in a timely, accurate, and cost-effective manner according to the written laboratory methods, quality control standards and practices, and safety practices and procedures.
Maintains requirements for ISO 17025 (International Organization for Standardization, global quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories).
Develops, documents, updates, and maintains Lab SOPs and approved procedures.
Primary focus will be on method development leveraging PCR, RT-PCR, or Next-Generation Sequencing technologies to provide deeper analytics during root cause analysis.
Identifies and evaluates new commercially available methods for detecting, enumerating and identifying microorganisms of concern.
Assists with troubleshooting microbiological issues related to food manufacturing.
Assists with applied research projects such as shelf life studies, challenge studies and other special projects on request.
Generates monthly reports describing laboratory activities, trends, learnings and expenditures.
Guides and trains laboratory technicians and associate microbiologists.
Maintains accurate and detailed laboratory data and notebooks.
Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment as well as a clean laboratory work environment.
Prepares and edits technical reports.
Stays current with pertinent scientific literature, performs literature searches.
Performs other assorted duties related to quality assurance, research, and laboratory operations as assigned.
Orders or assists in ordering lab supplies.
Serves as leader and go-to person in their work area.
Interact and guide/train plant laboratory personnel.
BS Degree with major studies in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Food Science or Biochemistry required. MS or PhD preferred.
Minimum 3 years related laboratory experience.
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
Knowledge of food safety, food development processes, and aseptic technique.
Knowledge of molecular microbiology techniques to engineer/optimize new methods leveraging PCR (includes multiplexing), RT-PCR, Next-Generation Sequencing (e.g. WGS, metagenomics), etc.
Ability to critically examine and follow technical procedures.
Capacity to collect and analyze data using basic statistics, draw conclusions based on facts, and write concise reports.
Ability to work in an environment of changing priorities and levels of intensity.
Capability of working independently and with limited supervision, as well as working with others as a member of a team.
Sound interpersonal and relationship skills.
Experience presenting and communicating scientific data to many audiences.
Weekend/overtime work required.
Travel to plant locations as necessary.
Ability to operate autoclaves, dishwashers, computers, analytical equipment.
Walking or standing: 60%, Sitting: 40%.
Lifting and/or moving up to 40 lbs.
Ability to work around lab equipment noise.
Ability to tolerate odors associated with microbiological testing.
Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.