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Lab Analyst - Microbiology Testing

The Valens Company, 230 Carion Rd, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Req #233
September 22, 2022

The Company:

At Valens, we believe in creating products for those who need them. We do things the right way without ever cutting corners. Whether it’s medical or recreational, local or international, we’re pursuing meaningful extraction, formulation, product development and testing to bring purposeful cannabis to the people.

We each have our unique story, but we have a common goal of creating exceptional products with the end user in mind. We celebrate team wins, big and small, by recognizing the role that everyone has played in it. It is about growing together, learning together and making a positive difference.


The Location:

  • Don’t miss this opportunity to help build and shape the growing cannabis industry!
  • Live, work and play in the sunny Okanagan where nature is at your doorstep.
  • Immerse yourself in an environment where championing the individual is not just a motto, it is a daily practice and how we succeed as a team.

The Opportunity:
This role is for an enthusiastic and experienced Lab Analyst with a strong background in molecular biology and/or microbiology techniques, specifically plating and qPCR techniques to join our team that applies the State-of-the-Art techniques for cannabis products testing. This is an exciting opportunity to work in the emerging and fast paced environment of cannabis testing.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to independently analyze samples, validate methodologies, and troubleshoot assays. Experience with development, optimization, and validation microbiology methods, specifically in relation to detection of microbial contamination is required. The candidate will also need to be able to successfully work in a team environment, interact with external clients and vendors in a courteous manner, and perform duties in a highly regulated industry utilizing appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines. This position is given directions by the Sr. Application Scientist.

As a Lab Analyst you will:

  • Prepare clients samples, calibration standards, spiking cannabis matrices, recovery standards and quality control (QC) samples for routine analysis.
  • Maintain QC records and perform quality review of data to guarantee the accuracy and integrity of the results and to ensure that the generated data is defensible.
  • Use Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) system to record and document results during the processing of samples.
  • Follow SOPs to ensure quality control criteria are met and maintain all documentation that are required for compliance.
  • Validate (and / or verify) new methods when needed.
  • Assist in maintaining the laboratory ISO 17025:2017 standards, CALA accreditation, proficiency testing (PT) programs, GLP regulations and participate, when requested, in internal and external audits.
  • Maintain a positive work environment for lab staff. Support and comply with all Valens policies, Quality System and Health & Safety programs.
  • Ensure that deadlines/turn-around time (TATs) are met. Communicate any issues affecting TATs, quality, etc. with Sr. Application Scientist or Lab Director in a timely fashion.
  • Recommend SOPs revisions, help develop work instructions, and provide input to corrective action procedures.
  • Be proactive in ensuring that consumable supplies used for routine samples analysis are available in the lab.
  • Maintain communications with Lab Director or Sr. Application Scientist to ensure awareness of any deviations of required performance standards and makes recommendations for continued improvements within lab operations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Lab Director or Sr. Application Scientist. 

As a Lab Analyst you bring:

  • BSc., M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology) or closely related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience (within the last 3 years) in using plating and qPCR to perform microbial testing on samples and characterize/identify micro- organisms such as E. coli, Salmonella, and fungi.
  • Experience in developing, validating, and performing robust plating and qPCR assays for the identification and quantification of micro-organisms in samples.
  • Experience in developing and modifying SOPs relating to microbial testing.
  • Skill to accurately test large numbers of samples with reliable repeatability and commitment to achieve good quality work.
  • Experience in using LIMS system to record and document experimental activities and samples’ results.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines in a fast- paced, changing environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of GLP regulations, ISO 17025:2017 standards, CALA accreditation and proficiency testing (PT) programs is an asset.
  • All successful candidates are required to pass background checks

As a valued member of the Valens team, you will enjoy:

  • Competitive total compensation and incentives
  • A top-notch extended benefits package including medical, vision and dental
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative environment that fosters growth and continuous learning

We are grateful for the interest in this role from all candidates, however, we will be contacting only those that are selected for next steps in the hiring process.  

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

The Valens Company is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a welcoming, inclusive, diverse and safe workplace where all of our team members have equal opportunity to succeed. We know this begins with recruitment. To honor our commitment, Valens encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, ages and abilities.


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  • Pay Type Salary
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