Food Lab Assistant
Minimum B. Sc./B. Tech in food and dairy
Minimum experience of 0?1 years in a relevant field
The tasks a Laboratory Assistant, Food & Beverages is expected to perform include:
Setting up the equipment and apparatus in the lab
Conducting routine testing of food, drinks and other edible items
Conducting tests to determine the properties, nutritional value, alcoholic contents, etc. of various food items
Ensuring that the samples are as per the prescribed standards and are not adulterated
Setting up and operating the required apparatus such as heaters, hydrometers, thermostats, vacuum pumps, etc.
Determining the melting points, specific gravity, boiling point, reaction with chemicals and other factors, of the food items
Following all the directions given by Chemists or Food Technologists
Ensuring that the food and beverages tested conform to the prescribed standards, as stated on their labels
Reporting cases of adulteration, fermentation, putrefaction, etc. to senior officers
Washing and cleaning the apparatus and keeping them in safe custody
Maintaining the necessary records
Keeping the laboratory clean and tidy
Preparing the standard solution regents and other testing media
Skilled in the operation of heaters, hydrometers, thermostats, vacuum pumps, etc.
Knowledge of the different types of tests conducted on food items
Knowledge of equipment and other materials used in different tests
Familiar with food industry standards and specifications as specified by the government
Proficient in detecting cases of adulteration, fermentation and putrefaction
Ability to read the labels on the packaged food items accurately and deduce information from it
Good communication skills
Good listening skills
Ability to work independently
It is not a desk job
Need not handle a team
Local travelling is not a part of this job role
Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available
Work from home option is not available
Companies usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company
Shift system maybe available
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)
Health risks include exposure to fumes from hazardous chemicals
For freshers - INR 8,000 to INR 12,000 per month
(These figures are indicative and subject to change)
The Food Industry in India
The Indian Brand Equity Foundation in their report on the food industry of India have referred to this industry as the highest profit incurring sector considering the scope it has to offer for value addition. In particular, the food processing industry in India has been recognized as a high-priority area. This is because the food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth.
The latest figures have revealed that the total food production in India is likely to double in the next 10 years as the country?s domestic food market is estimated to reach US$ 258 billion by 2015.
Considering all the world data, the Indian food and grocery market is the world?s sixth largest with its retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales. It is projected to grow at a rate of 104 per cent, touching US$ 482 billion by 2020. This indicates a vast scope for both investors and exporters.
Given these figures it is safe to say that the demand for a Laboratory Assistant, Food & Beverages is there in the present and will surely increase in coming years.
Food processing units
Government and private research institutes
Cities and towns across India