- Position: Fermentation Microbiologist
- Reference Code: R
- Department: Operations
- Location: Nicholasville, KY
- Country: United States
The Fermentation Microbiologist will advise, mentor and coach team members in the areas of fermentation, microbiology and related manufacturing processes to lead process efficiency and sustainability projects while ensuring food safety, optimizing yields, and innovating the product portfolio to meet customer needs. In this role, you will strengthen the performance of feed manufacturing as you provide direct contribution of technical knowledge and support for projects and problems related to fermentation and lyophilization production processes.
Conceive, plan, and execute technical projects in the areas of fermentation, microbiology, and upstream processing.
Develop strategies to improve the overall reliability and productivity of fermentation processes.
Develop scale-up/scale-down models of fermentation processes.
Determine root-causes of process variation and identify process trends to increase efficiency.
Effectively organize, interpret, and present data to peers, cross functional teams, senior leadership, and colleagues.
Conduct review of literature and make recommendations for application of new technologies to improve current processes.
Preparation of upstream technology transfer documents (work instructions, batch records, etc...).
Perform other related duties as required and/or assigned. Lead team in efforts to increase production efficiency and product yields, thermostability and shelf-life of lyophilized bacteria.
Mitigate risks associated with critical control points.
Communicate with commercial team members to innovate and update current product line based on market trends and customer needs.
Supporting the Bioreactor & Fermentation Development team in the set-up, operation, and associated analysis of microbial bioreactor processes
General operations such as bioreactor building/sterilization, cleanup, and turnover of bioreactors to maintain a set run schedule
Manufacturing sampling including cell count and in-process data collection
Collaborate with multiple areas to execute data mining efforts in support of long-term project management
Identification of microorganisms
Maintain records and test results following good manufacturing practices (GMP)
Work independently and efficiently
Document work clearly and perform procedures accurately
Communicate effectively with staff members
Performs housekeeping to ensure a clean and safe working environment.
Anticipates needs and identifies opportunities for improvement.
Performs preventative maintenance on equipment as needed.
Complies with safety procedures including lock-out tag-out.Requirements
The Ideal Candidate would possess:
Strong computer, scientific, and organizational skills
Excellent communication (oral and written) and attention to detail
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude
Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies
At least 5 years related laboratory experience including aseptic technique, microbial identification, contamination troubleshooting, bioreactor/fermentation operations, and manufacturing of lyophilized bacteria.
2+ years of management experience.
Experience using formulas and linking spreadsheets in Excel
Prior statistical analysis experience
Master's degree in Microbiology or related degree
Work will include periodic evening and/or early morning weekday hours as well as periodic weekend hours
Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely without restriction or sponsorship
Alltech offers a comprehensive benefit package and an atmosphere for professional and personal development. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.
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