Laboratory & Sensory Technician

Georgetown Brewing Company

Seattle, WA, USA

Full time

$22-22 (hourly)

Aug 13

This job is no longer accepting applications.

The role of the Laboratory & Sensory Technician is to conduct daily routine analysis on raw materials through finished product, as well as execute and eventually lead the sensory program. The person in this role will be responsible for daily lab and sensory program duties outlined below. As Sensory Tech, the expectation is that this person will grow into the role to eventually manage the sensory program; on-the-job training is expected.

Essential Responsibilities:

Laboratory Technician (90%):

  • Reports to Quality & Sustainability Coordinator
  • Perform lab assays according to SOPs and track assay results, including VDK, pH, specific gravity, ABV, cell count and viability, package carbonation, package DO, TPO, grist shakeouts, IBU, color, clarity.
  • Prepare daily sensory evaluations.
  • Communicate assay and beer quality trends with Production Management team.
  • Communicate lab consumables/equipment needs with Production Manager.
  • Work with production staff as necessary to coordinate sample collection.
  • Work with production management team to develop new QA metrics and SOPs as
  • product goals and marketplace quality indicate appropriate
  • Complete microbiological testing - water, wort, yeast, beer in process, and packaged beer using aseptic technique.
  • Enter data into quality database in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Maintaining instruments used for measuring various quality parameters(CarboQC, Snap 50, Metler Toledo Oxygen meter, etc.).
  • Maintain a clean and organized lab.

Sensory Technician (10%, increasing with time):

  • Lead beer quality assessment sensory panels.
  • Organizing internal tasting schedules.
  • Analyze and interpret sensory data, including generating basic sensory reports and convey results to staff.
  • Administer and lead sensory training for panelists.
  • Maintain inventory of all sensory supplies and basic housekeeping.
  • Communicate with production teams to stay up-to-date with production schedule changes that may affect sensory panels scheduling.
  • Participate in research projects that support the sensory program, process improvement, and research and development of new and existing brands.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Works well independently as well as in a team environment with others.
  • Awareness of beer quality metrics.
  • Understanding of lab equipment, processes, and techniques.
  • Safe handling of lab equipment and consumables.
  • Enthusiasm for beer sensory and willingness to learn sensory evaluation techniques and basic statistics.
  • A solid understanding of Chemistry and Microbiology in the context of a brewery,
  • Organized, detail-orientated and manage your time effectively.
  • Flexibility in scheduling, position may require weekends.
  • Competent use of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

Physical Requirements:

  • Standing for long periods of time (up to 10 hours per day).
  • Ability to move heavy materials (lifting up to 55 lbs, moving up to 160 lbs).
  • Climbing ladders.
  • Routine pushing, pulling, reaching, stooping, climbing, bending.
  • Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
  • Ability to work in hot and cold environments.

Rate of Pay:


Medical and Dental


Vacation, Sick, Holiday pay

Timeline of Availability:

Sept 2021

Applications are being accepted until August 31, 2021

Georgetown Brewing Company strives to seek out applicants with diverse voices, backgrounds and talents. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply. 

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