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Senior Microbiologist

SC Labs is the nation’s leading cannabis and hemp testing laboratory with more than 12 years of experience helping companies deliver safe products to the emerging marketplace. Focused on establishing new testing standards and methodologies designed for speed, efficiency, and safety, SC labs helps its clients navigate complex regulatory requirements while providing them unmatched scientific expertise and state-of-the-art resources. SC Labs is licensed and accredited in Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan, and Oregon, with a growth strategy designed to serve quality cannabis and hemp brands across the nation and around the world.

We are seeking a full-time Senior Microbiologist to join the team. This position will be based in Denver, CO. The position will perform and/or oversee the routine and non-routine day-to-day operations within the Laboratory. They will be responsible for performing testing within the laboratory and ensure that testing is conducted based on quality and safety procedures. They will perform supervisory duties as delegated by the Microbiology Supervisor.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Performs routine and non-routine testing and analyses using the appropriate qualified equipment.
  • Receives as well as processes samples in a safe and aseptic manner.
  • Calculates results, and records and reports results using the Laboratory Management System.
  • Performs daily and weekly cleaning procedures of the laboratory.
  • Performs instrument cleaning procedures as necessary.
  • Performs equipment calibration and qualifications as requested.
  • Maintains equipment in proper working order, and maintains a clean work environment.
  • Completes all required training in a timely manner, and maintains training on updated policies and procedures.
  • Oversees training of new employees on test methods.
  • Practices safe work habits, including complying with all safety, health, and environmental rules and regulations.
  • Helps to maintain laboratory inventory, and properly labels and stores chemicals and supplies.
  • Performs validation planning and execution under the supervision/approval of the Microbiology Supervisor.
  • Performs competency testing and PT testing as needed. Performs review of competency testing as delegated by the Microbiology supervisor.
  • Communicates to Microbiology Supervisor and Lab Management any laboratory testing issues related to health, safety, or testing practices.
  • Attends the required safety trainings, and remains current with refresher trainings.
  • Initiates, documents, and makes decisions regarding non-conformance events.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as delegated by the Microbiology Supervisor or Lab Management.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time-management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong knowledge of testing processes and procedures within a GMP environment.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Knowledge and application of good aseptic technique, PCR and DNA extraction, and culturing techniques.
  • Ability to obtain an an Occupational License from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.
  • Required Experience: A bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences.
  • At least 5 years of full-time experience performing microbiology or diagnostic testing in a regulated laboratory environment.

The anticipated pay range for this role is $28-32/hr, which represents our good faith and reasonable estimate of the starting annualized salary range at the time of posting.

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