Director of Fermentation Process Development

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Location: Aiken, South Carolina, United States

Position Summary The company’s headquartered is in Massachusetts. They produce plant-based ingredients in their manufacturing facility in GA, using a variety of patented and proprietary microbial technologies. Our specialty products are in the field of food ingredients, flavors and fragrances, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Why work for the Company: Opportunity – To be part in building a company focused on a future increasingly reliant on bio-manufacturing and making a sustainable and positive impact in the world. Accountability – You will build, manage and work in a hands-on environment to develop and articulate the company’s product value propositions. Passion – We love what we do and enjoy working with others who feel the same way. We embrace the challenge and hard work that come with working on bringing cutting edge technologies to market. Responsibilities: We are seeking a highly motivated Director of Fermentation Process Development to lead the design, execution, and scale-up of novel microbial fermentation-based processes to produce various natural products. The ideal candidate will have experience in microbial fermentation process development from lab to manufacturing scale and exhibit a high degree of flexibility, creativity, and initiative to achieve milestones and goals. This person will be expected to play an integral role in the company. Provide leadership and mentorship to the fermentation development team, develop clear goals and work plans, and monitor progress towards company objectives. Lead the design, execution, and analysis of critical fermentation process development experiments to advance corporate projects and goals. Experiments will be conducted at a variety of scales, ranging from bench to manufacturing scale. Manage the evaluation of strains to support the R&D team in their strain development /optimization efforts. Lead the development of representative lab and pilot scale models for industrial scale fermentation processes. Contribute to the company's intellectual property portfolio, author publications in the scientific literature, and present at industry conferences. Required Qualifications: D. degree in Chemical Engineering/Microbiology or a related discipline with 10+ years of postdoctoral experience (or equivalent industrial experience) in a research and development environment. Expertise in industrial microbial fermentation process development and scale-up Experience in leading, training, and mentoring high-performing teams Experience with manufacturing plant operations is a plus Preferred Working Style: Must be very well-organized and be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Must be a quick learner who is self-motivated and able to ask questions and seek clarity. Must be flexible with day-to-day duties and able to thrive in a start-up environment. Must be an excellent team member with strong communication skills and a desire to work collaboratively. Must hold him or herself to the highest professional, scientific and ethical standards. Other Duties Please note this job description does not fully describe or provide a comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities of the position. Duties and responsibilities, including essential functions, may vary amongst locations and/or individuals holding this job position, and may be added or changed without notice. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Vets/Disability
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