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Main Lab Lead 

Location Allentown  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range  
Shift -not applicable-  
Scheduled Days Tue - Sat 

Scheduled Hours 1st Shift 



Prepare samples for analytical and microbiological testing of food products, ingredients and environmental sponges/swabs. The position performs the application of approved microbiological techniques and methodologies used in analytical testing. This role may have supervisory responsibilities.


  • Prepare samples for indicator organisms, pathogens, and chemistries as well as apply aseptic techniques in daily workload
  • Maintain media and reagents as needed for daily microbiological testing
  • Inventory and report expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirements
  • Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, and trash disposal
  • Assist in quality control monitoring by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls etc., and other laboratory quality control procedures
  • Independently pursue an assigned series of processes, procedures, or techniques in accordance with FSNS policies/procedures, customer requirements and all SOP operations manuals
  • Share information in an open, and timely manner and serve as a resource to answer questions for technicians in main lab, media, and login
  • Lead Responsibilities include: managing employee schedules, organizing workflow and processes, ensure team is consistently delivering on expectations and meeting quality requirements, set appropriate example to ensure a high level of confidence, facilitate team collaboration, problem solving, and customer communication
  • Maintain laboratory condition, to include equipment, supplies, quality assurance programs, and accurate records throughout all procedures
  • Perform all activities in a neat, safe, hygienic, and efficient manner
  • Assisting with managing priorities and schedule such that individual goals as well as team goals are achieved with encouraged participation in the Food Safety Net Services Team
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
  • Responsible for the completion of required training


  • Leads two or more employees in the main lab department
  • Responsibilities may include training, directing work activities and monitoring performance.
  • Assists with hiring, performance evaluation and coaching of main lab technicians
Position Requirements


  • BS degree in Life Science or related field preferred
  • Associate degree in Life Science or two years of laboratory experience
  • Minimum of 2 year of laboratory experience
  • Training in general laboratory practices
  • Minimum of 1 year customer service experience
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures
  • Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory
  • Experience with GLP, GLP, OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, and Compendium methods and procedure
  • Some experience in supervising people and processes preferred


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. FSNS complies with its reasonable accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law.

  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle other communications/computer components
  • Potential exposure to odors, fumes, airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, and microbiological pathogens
  • Noise level varies from quiet to loud
  • Temperature varies from hot to cold
  • Interactive and fast-paced team oriented tasks
  • Ability to travel is required
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Color vision and depth perception
About the Organization Our company offers exciting opportunities for individuals interested in the food safety industry. We welcome individuals who are looking for a dynamic organization that prides itself in its unequivocal excellence in service to its customers and employees.

Our People: We are committed to creating long-term value for our people, supporting their success and satisfaction as our internal customers and team members.

Diversity: We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including (but not limited to) Women, Minorities, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Benefits: Our company offers an attractive wage and benefit package. Our competitive salary, combined with our insurance and benefits, make us the "logical career choice".

• Progressive 401k Retirement Savings Plan

• Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance

• Group Medical

• Tuition Reimbursement

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Dental

• Paid Holidays and Time Off

• Many positions which qualify for the company bonus program

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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