Senior Microbiology PCR Analyst

  • Full Time
  • Goleta, CA
  • Salary: $70,000 - $75,000 a year
  • Job is full-time contract



US work authorization (Required)

Associate (Preferred)

Microbiology: 1 year (Preferred)

Laboratory Experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Full Job Description

We are seeking a Senior Microbiology PCR Analyst with recent real time PCR molecular biology experience for our Santa Barbara County facility.

The Senior Microbiology PCR Analyst will work closely with the Lab Director to execute sample analysis for our cannabis testing clients using rtPCR instrumentation and techniques.

This position must work under the current ISO 17025 standards and CA regulations and will be responsible for all work performed in support of their assigned essays.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Routine analysis of samples using analytical procedures for which training has occurred
  • Participate in OOS & CAPA reports, as assigned
  • Must be able to obtain traceable, reproducible, and reliable results with limited supervision
  • Scientific writing for reporting, data management reporting, and the ability to follow standard operating procedures is a must
  • Full training, proficiency and operation of the lab designated LIMS system for client samples
  • Routine and non-routine equipment maintenance of instruments and workspaces
  • Successful completion of proficiency testing samples and initial demonstration of capability to demonstrate competence as required for certifications and client requests
  • Participate in the revision of existing procedures and the drafting of new procedures under the supervision of the Laboratory Director and Quality Manager
  • Assist the Laboratory Director and Quality Manager with state and local licensing requirements pre- and post-approval

Preferred Skills and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Microbiology, or related field required. Master’s or Ph.D. degree preferred
  • Ability to carry out and manage others for the analytical microbiology testing process

Must have experience with analytical microbiology techniques including, but not limited to real-time PCR, culturing, plating and counting microbial of species

  • Strong instrument and cannabis analytical assay troubleshooting skills. Method development work in different cannabis matrices is a plus
  • Must have a history of working in a production laboratory and an understanding of meeting deadlines
  • Experience in the Cannabis and Hemp Industry is a plus
  • Familiar with California State regulations for cannabis and hemp and the state-mandated list of microbial targets is a plus
  • Proficient with current computer systems including Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Knowledge and experience with cannabis analytical chemistry techniques and testing is a bonus
  • ISO 17025 experience
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ability to help train and supervise junior staff in areas of expertise

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $70,000.00 – $75,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift


  • Associate (Preferred)


  • Microbiology: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Laboratory Experience: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No

Tagged as: Analyst, California, Contract, Lab, Microbiology

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