Laboratory Technicians – Microbiology


Company Description
Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company which provides a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. With about 45,000 staff in more than 800 sites across 47 countries, Eurofins believes it is the world leader in food, environment and pharmaceutical products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. Thanks to its decentralized structure and very strong growth, Eurofins provides unparalleled career opportunities for leaders and professionals who want to join a fast paced environment and grow their responsibilities quickly, in Australia, New Zealand or overseas.

Eurofins Food and Water Testing New Zealand provides range of class leading food, water, plant, soil and  fertilizer testing, as well as horticultural services and technical solutions, primarily to the New Zealand market. With a staff of over 350 we operate laboratories in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Tauranga. We specialise in all Food types, Plants, Soils, Fertilizers, Potable Water, Sludge, Sediments, Leachate, Trade Waste Effluents, Sewage Effluents, Surface Water, River & Stream Monitoring, Seawater, and Groundwater.
Job Description
We are currently seeking multiple entry-level Laboratory Technicians to join our Auckland Microbiology Department in a permanent full-time shift-based role.

The core functions of the role we have to fill are to assist in the daily operation of our Microbiology department. These functions include working in the Test Processing (Molecular Biology technician: Wednesday to Sunday, morning shift; Microbiology technician: Monday to Friday, late shift; Sample Reception and Dispatch areas: Tuesday to Saturday, morning shift) to receive and carry out accurate microbiological analysis of food, dairy, meat and environmental samples as required by our customers and accreditation bodies.

Dependent on the role, key duties may include:-

To process and test samples without error, and within allowable time & temperature holding time requirements
To accurately register samples into the LIMS, assist in sample collection, and prepare consumable for dispatch to clients
To store and maintain inventory of samples after testing, preserving sample integrity
To maintain good lab practice at all times, to ensure the highest quality service to our customers
To operate in accordance with the company’s Quality and Procedures manuals and to not do anything which would jeopardise the company’s various accreditations
To keep the lab and equipment in a good physical condition at all times
To maintain a positive, professional and safe working environment, being mindful of the company’s Health and Safety procedures
To be willing to work on continuous improvement initiatives
Tertiary qualification in a scientific discipline or equivalent experience is preferred, but not required. As this position is entry level, this is suitable for recent graduates or potentially for students still studying on a part-time basis
A full clean New Zealand driver’s licence is required for some roles

Practical knowledge of basic microbiological or food handling techniques such as aseptic technique, use of basic laboratory equipment (pipettes, spreaders, filtration units etc), experience in a production environment, and experience working as a part of a large team are all desirable, but can be trained on the job
Practical knowledge of real time PCR for Molecular Biology technician roles
Previous experience in a laboratory environment is preferred

Attention to detail while performing routine or repetitive tasks
Able to take initiative, and work in a fair and responsible way
Reliable and flexible, with the ability to work to a rostered shift that may include morning / evening shifts, or at least one weekend day per week.
Good time management skills are a must, in order to keep up with the pace of a busy production environment
Act with integrity at all times
Willing to learn and have a “can-do attitude”
Able to follow instructions, either verbally directed or from scientific resources and SOPs.
Can communicate clearly and effectively across multiple teams
Additional Information
All candidate CV’s and cover letter’s will be reviewed, however please note that we are not always able to respond to every expression of interest submitted.

This opportunity is only open to candidates who are eligible to work in Australia/New Zealand, and already have work rights or an appropriate working visa.

Please note:  Current Eurofins employees should first speak with their Business Unit Manager before submitting an application for this position.

In your submission, please include the following information:
Your salary expectation;
If you are a permanent resident / citizen
If you are able to work an early or late shift

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