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About Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a publicly traded organization with a rich history spanning nearly 100 years of service. The Company is a global manufacturer of medicated feed additives, feed ingredients, advanced nutrition solutions, vaccines and specialty chemicals for various industrial markets. Phibro’s revenues are in excess of $820 million, and are supported by over 1500 employees worldwide.


Phibro’s Ethanol Performance (EPG) business helps to optimize customers’ plant operations through the highest quality products. 


The Lab Technician is an integral part of our Laboratory Services team based out of our US - St. Paul, MN site.


Position Details

The Lab Technician is an integral part of our Phibro Ethanol Diagnostic Lab team and will play a key role in the day-to-day operations of the lab. The Lab Technician will be responsible for performing the general lab maintenance, cleaning, instrument calibration and metrology, and testing in the laboratory while ensuring compliance to departmental policies and procedures applicable to the lab. The Technician will facilitate timely completion of lab projects and testing by effectively managing resources, providing feedback, and communication with the other lab technicians, scientists, and the Director of Laboratory Services. Flexible work hours and travel (~10% time annually) are required for this position. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Key Responsibilities

  • Collect and record experiment samples, perform sample assays, perform data analysis and reporting, and maintain supply stocks
  • Receive, log, and process samples and kits for technical customer service
  • Perform protocols for analysis of enzymes and physical properties of enzyme support samples
  • Prepare media; Set up, operate, clean and maintain fermentation equipment at the bench and pilot plant scale
  • Accurately and precisely prepare and analyze samples in complex matrices for HPLC.
  • Equipment and glassware cleaning, assembly, and sterilization of laboratory equipment; routine operation of an autoclave
  • Medium preparation, filtration and/or in situ sterilization
  • Operation of bench fermentation and/or shake flask and supporting equipment systems
  • Equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Execution of experiment and sampling protocols (SOPs); provide feedback and improve experiment and sampling protocols while using
  • Perform basic fermentation assays, including sugar measurements, micropipetting, dilutions, cell counts, sample preparation for GC, LC, accurate volumetric and gravimetric measurements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Key Competencies

Accepting Direction
Attendance and Punctuality
Attentive Listening
Communicating Effectively
Critical Thinking
Delivering High Quality Work
Demonstrating Initiative
Detailed Oriented
Displaying Technical Expertise
Following Policies and Procedures
Interacting with People at Different Levels
Managing Time
Prioritizing and Organizing Work
Problem Solving
Working Safely


High degree of time management skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and projects at once.
Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills
Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment.

Education & Experience

  • A high school diploma or equivalent plus two to four years’ experience in general microbiology practices, chemistry, and/or fermentation are required. A bachelor’s or associate’s degree in biology, microbiology, technical services, laboratory services, or related field preferred.
  • Preferred experience: aseptic technique, use of laminar flow hoods, use of autoclaves, serial dilutions, streak plates, membrane filter plating, light microscopy, cell counting by hemocytometer, gram staining, and cell culture maintenance.
  • Experience in designing, performing, and analyzing data from fermentations at the bench scale in shake flasks or fermenters.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (proficiency with Excel in particular), Data Acquisition/Data Analysis Software and/or with database software.
  • Ability to identify errors or areas for improvement, provide recommendations and follow through tasks to completion.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver information in a concise, accurate and professionally written format.
  • Ability to follow recipes and/or SOPs using metric and English measuring units.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and apply new concepts and techniques.
  • Demonstrated strong expertise in at microbial techniques and yeast fermentation.
  • Ability to review data produced by lab.
  • Knowledgeable in statistical techniques such as experimental design and data analysis
  • Maintain a safe work environment and comply with safety policies and procedures.

Physical Requirements

Operations of laboratory equipment
Required to bend frequently
Required to sit frequently
Required to stand frequently
Required to talk or hear constantly
Required to use hands constantly
Required to walk frequently
Specific vision abilities include ability to adjust focus
Specific vision abilities include close vision
Specific vision abilities include depth perception
Specific vision abilities include distance vision
Specific vision abilities include perpheral vision
Required to lift or carry 11 to 20 lbs


Phibro is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Business Unit: Animal Health & Mineral Nutrition   
Division: Ethanol Performance Group 
Department: Laboratory Services 
Location: US - St. Paul, MN 
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (Standard Work hours) 
Weekly Working Hours: 40.00 

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