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Fermentation Plant Supervisor Duties

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This is supervisory and administrative work in the operation and maintenance of a fermentation plant facility. An employee in this class is responsible for setting up schedules for the use of the fermentation plant. The day to day operations are directed at the employee's discretion, but problems are referred to an administrative superior. Work is performed under general supervision.


Directs the operation of specialized fermentation plant equipment such as various types of fermentors, centrifuges, heat exchanger/chiller system, and the cell extractor.

Prepares cultures for a variety of campus projects; prepares inoculant; sets up inoculation equipment.

Keeps records of lab usage; schedules time for principal investigators of particular experiments or projects to have lab time; arranges lab time for off-campus users.

Orders supplies for the lab; makes arrangements for equipment repairs.

Operates standard laboratory equipment such as Mettler balance, microscope, colorimeter, pH meter, centrifuge, autoclave, and incubator.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from an approved college or university with major course work in the biological sciences or completion of course work in a technical program from a vocational school; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of laboratory fermentation technology and related mechanical equipment.

Skill in setting up fermentation plant equipment for experiments.

Skill in handling cultures and maintaining culture purity.

Ability to schedule the lab's work load to function in the most efficient manner possible.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with professors, researchers, technicians, students, and fellow workers.



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