Quality Control Chemist
- 115 Lena Dr, Aurora, OH 44202, USA
Bulk Apothecary was founded in mid 2010 as a small brick & mortar specialty retailer in Streetsboro, Ohio and has since grown to become one of the nation's largest online suppliers of natural ingredients and essential oils. Our main focus from the beginning was soap and candle making supplies, but word of our fantastic prices, amazing quality and excellent customer service spread. Within 3 years, we expanded our offering to a wide range of specialty ingredients and vitamin supplements and had a dominant online presence that was growing by the day. Today, we still operate our small store in Streetsboro, Ohio but also have an online presence that's growth is nothing short of amazing.
Natural Essentials was founded in 1995 and has quickly grown to one of the Nation's premier contract filling companies. Because of our strong focus on quality, customer service and price, Natural Essentials has maintained outstanding growth in one of the worst economies in U.S. history. Today, Natural Essentials employees nearly 150 employees and manufactures products that are found in almost every retailer in the USA.
Quality Control Chemist
Perform or assist in any and all laboratory tests and procedures which include, but are not limited to, microbial testing, IR testing of raw materials, viscosity, pH, specific gravity testing, and water testing. This position must travel frequently between the Manufacturing facility and the Distribution Facility that are a mile apart.
Duties and Responsibilities
Perform microbial limits testing of products, per CTFA and USP guidelines
IR spectroscopy testing of raw materials using an IR spectrometer
Calibrating laboratory equipment as needed. This includes the pH meter and analytical balance, which must be performed daily as used, and the micropipette, which must be done quarterly, or as needed based on use
Safely disposing of biohazardous waste, either through steam sterilization or chemical sanitization (using bleach or isopropyl alcohol)
Viscosity testing using using a Viscometer
Specific Gravity testing using an analytical balance and pycnometer
pH testing using a pH meter
Recordkeeping of all laboratory tests conducted. This includes, but is not limited to, IR spectra, raw data from counting microbial plates for microbial limits testing, daily temperature records of incubators and refrigerators, calibration logs for pH meter and analytical balance, etc.
Maintaining a current inventory of all laboratory reagents and consumables
Maintaining a laboratory notebook. This is a legal document which must be kept indefinitely. All pages should be numbered, and a table of contents should be maintained in the first few pages, for ease of reference. All raw data from every procedure should be written in the laboratory notebook, signed and dated. This includes, but is not limited to, sample prep information for the start of microbial limits testing, pH values from pH testing, plate count data from completed microbial limits testing, viscosity data from testing the viscosity using the viscometer, etc.
Weekly testing of the plant’s water system, via filtration method
Microbial testing associated with Cleaning and Sanitization of plant equipment
Wearing Personal Protective Equipment as necessary for the job. This includes long pants, closed toe shoes, laboratory coat, safety glasses and disposable nitrile or latex gloves
Train relevant personnel in biological safety measures necessary for access to the microbiology lab
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Efficient in Word and Excel, familiar with Google documents
Ability to problem solve and work independently
Attention to detail
Basic mathematical skills
Knowledge of biological safety levels
Aseptic laboratory technique
Basic laboratory skills and/or equivalent combination of experience and formal training
Working conditions and Physical Effort:
Regularly able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
Standing, sitting, or walking for more than 8 hours a day
Work environment involves exposure to physical and biological risks, such as operating dangerous equipment, extreme temperatures, working with chemicals, unpleasant odors, and working with microbial agents associated with human disease
Wearing PPE as necessary for the job
Restricting access to the Microbiology lab
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.