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Senior Microbiologist

SC Labs is the largest multi-state laboratory bringing together four of the industry’s most reputable testing labs. SC Labs, founded in 2010, is one of the cannabis industry’s oldest licensed testing labs and the first to develop a national hemp testing panel. The company is licensed and accredited in California, Oregon, and Colorado, and Michigan.

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

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
  • Performs 2-year reviews on assigned documents, and conducts trainings for implementation of changes
  • 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
  • Proposes validation plans and composes validation reports under the direction of the Microbiology Supervisor
  • Communicates to Microbiology Supervisor and Lab Management any laboratory testing issues related to health, safety, or testing practices
  • Performs competency testing and PT testing as needed
  • Performs review of competency testing as delegated by the Microbiology supervisor
  • Attends the required safety trainings, and remains current with refresher trainings
  • Conducts trainings and presentations as relevant to his/her areas of expertise
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as delegated by the Microbiology Supervisor or Lab Management
  • Initiates, documents, and makes decisions regarding non-conformance events in the Microbiology supervisor’s absence

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • 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
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment
  • Knowledge and application of good aseptic technique
  • Knowledge of PCR and DNA extraction
  • Strong leadership and training skills
  • Knowledge of GMP practices

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
  • At least 5 years of experience performing PCR and DNA extraction techniques
  • At least 2 years of experience in method development and SOP writing

Other Requirements:

  • Obtain an Occupational License from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division
  • Complete Metrc training

We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Job Type:


Anticipated Pay:

$20-$25 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Work Location:

Denver, CO

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