Position Description

Food Technician
Location Los Alamitos : Food Lab
Job Code 95
# of openings 1
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TPIRC is a non-profit clinical care and research center that focuses on the development of cutting-edge, individualized treatment protocols for rare and orphan diseases utilizing comprehensive diagnostic tools and patient-driven research. Our treatment programs are one of a kind with unmatched success rates. Our team is rapidly growing and we are looking for a Food Technician to support our mission.  

Duties & Responsibilities

Technical Knowledge

  • Understand TPIRC’s mission and how the Food Lab supports that mission
  • Thorough understanding of all areas of the Food Lab, including hand dosing, peanut dosing, patch production, gelatin production, and lid/label/bag production

 

Dosing

  • Support the clinic’s food dosing efforts by preparing measured food doses for patients to take home or for same day food challenges, requiring proper use of a balance and measuring tools for high degree of accuracy
  • Prepare foods for dosing by grinding solid foods such as nuts or legumes down to powder form (millimeter size granules)
  • Properly label measured doses; using diligence and attention to detail to avoid mislabels or possible cross contamination of foods
  • Accurately measure doses according to provider’s orders
  • Fulfill food dose orders in a timely manner ahead of production schedule
  • Peanut dosing: constitute liquid peanut mixture and measure doses using pipette and vials

 

Inventory Management

  • Track and manage food inventory
  • Monitor expiration dates of stored foods and prepared doses

 

Quality Control

  • Maintain a clean and organized work and overall lab area throughout the day. Properly and thoroughly clean workstations, scales and other supplies in between different food/nut type preparations to eliminate the risk of cross contamination
  • Perform quality/safety checks for each dose prepared

 

Patch Production

  • Patch production: oversee preparation of patch trays by preparing antigens for patch testing per providers orders. Follow standard protocols for allergy patch testing.

 

Standard Operating Procedures & Workflow

  • Contribute ideas for workflow improvements that will increase efficiency and reduce costs
  • Develop standardized operating procedures for all food protein extraction to allow training of further staff/technicians in the process
  • Communicate and work effectively with areas that impact Food Lab operations, including Clinic and Data teams 

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Prior experience in nutraceuticals, medical foods or food safety laboratory type environments is preferred
  • High attention to detail is required 
  • Ability to complete repetitive tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention through each process
  • Aptitude to perform basic math, understanding of measurements; ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, unit conversions.
  • Ability to understand the critical risks associated with measurement errors, labeling errors or cross contamination. 
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
  • Ability to think and plan in a logical sequential order.
  • Associates Degree or higher preferred with coursework in the Sciences or completion of pharmacy technician certification from an accredited school or similar
  • Valid Food Handler’s card
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