The University of the Sciences Brewing Science program is seeking qualified professionals for the position of Malt Beverage Testing Lab Manager. The Malt Beverage Testing Lab Manager will run the day to day operation of our startup quality testing facility in support of the brewing industry. The position requires routine sample analysis, management and delivery of testing data, development of standard operating procedures, and management of inventory/student technicians with a primary analytical eye on barley, hops, and beer.
This is a full-time, one-year, grant-funded, benefit eligible position. This position was made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for the establishment of a quality testing program to support local raw materials and malt beverages. The position is renewable contingent upon successful lab operations and additional grant funding.
About the USciences Brewing Science Program
USciences Brewing Science program is a 7 course, post-baccalaureate certificate which trains students for entry or advancement in the brewing industry. With a focus on the scientific understanding of the brewing process and hands-on learning in our quality control lab, microbiology of beer lab, and pilot brewing lab, our students graduate as well-rounded brewers who understand the importance (and how to measure and manage) quality and consistency. With access to two half-barrel SABCO Brew Magic systems in our pilot brewing facilities, students learn how to brew, troubleshoot, measure, and analyze critical control points in production. Along with an industry advisory board and team-taught courses by industry veterans, we support the brewing industry through quality educational programs which promote quality industry employees and analytical testing services which promote quality beer. More information on the program can be found at: http://usciences.edu/brewingscience
This is the perfect opportunity to join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success.
Essential Functions/Major Duties
Lead the Malt Beverage Testing lab and its operation, including; standardization of SOPs, execution of most quality lab tests, tracking of all lab orders, delivery of analytical data to clients, maintenance of equipment and facilities, leadership over student technicians, and management of inventory.
Initial analytical tests to be conducted by the lab manager include but are not limited to:
For analytical tests outside of the experience of the candidate, the ability to self-instruct or to learn from faculty and staff is essential. Alternatively, some tests may be executed in collaboration with the Chemistry Core Lab at USciences.
Assist in occasional outreach activities or educational opportunities for the local brewing community.
Support the Brewing Science program and students by supporting student education, networking, and career success.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities Required
At least a Master’s degree in a relevant field OR equivalent combination of education and experience (Required). Formal education in brewing science is advantageous.
Minimum of 3 years of experience working in a brewery’s quality control lab or an analytical lab supporting the brewing industry. Alternative Quality Control experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis (Required).
Understanding of brewing raw materials and processes as it pertains to beer (Required)
Understanding of brewing processes as it pertains to wine or spirits (advantageous)
Experience developing and following Standard Operating Procedures (Required)
Experience with ASBC approved methods for raw ingredient, wort, and beer analysis (Required)
Highly effective oral and communication skills (Required)
Highly effective interpersonal skills (Required)
Highly effective organizational skills for inventory tracking and lab order execution and delivery (Required)
TTB Certified Chemist for the analysis of beer for export is a plus. If not certified, willingness and ability to gain certification is required.
Good laboratory technique including mastery of aseptic technique (Required)
Microbiology and PCR experience (preferred)
HPLC and GC-MS experience (advantageous)
The finalist will be required to successfully pass a background check.
For consideration, please upload your resume and cover letter. These documents must be submitted together as one document through the resume upload field.
USciences values and supports a diverse and inclusive place to learn and work. Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
About the Community
USciences is a part of the University City District (UCD) which has world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents. UCD is also a vibrant place to work and live. It’s a destination for eclectic food, boasts excellent public transit, and has bike lanes and numerous bike share locations. With a Walk Score of 90, it is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Philadelphia. For more information about UCD, please visit their website at: https://www.universitycity.org/
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About University of the Sciences
The University/College: University of the Sciences is located in the University City district of Philadelphia. This diverse area is home to two major research universities, an academic healthcare system, and world renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Veterans Administration hospital. These provide a rich variety of clinical and research opportunities for students and faculty. The campus is minutes from the culturally vibrant city center of Philadelphia. University of the Sciences is internationally recognized for its unique range of life science and health science majors within the University.