Sr. Fermentation Engineer - Valent BioSciences, LLC

Osage, IA
Mar 19, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


The purpose of this position is to assist production in meeting all safety, quality, delivery and cost goals set by VBC Management. The individual will have knowledge of fermentation science and biochemical engineering principles, theory and practice with special focus on microbial fermentation operations in an industrial setting or a strong interest in acquiring such skills. The Fermentation Engineer will also act as mentor and leader to Production Specialists and Interns.



  • Support and comply with all VBC safety and environmental training policies and programs
  • Track and trend yield and quality data for each fermentation batch for all products to identify and eliminate special cause variation and recommend continuous improvement projects
  • Chart, track and analyze other production data to recommend and implement lean manufacturing projects
  • Identify, develop and implement creative practical solutions to improve the economics of the fermentation, recovery and formulation processes
  • Write, update and maintain production master batch records, work instructions and other standard operating procedures and  training manuals
  • Proactively identify problems and develop solutions to improve manufacturing operations and safety
  • Review and adjust cost standards/bill of materials

Assist production with troubleshooting, drive root cause analysis investigations and implement fail safe solutions as corrective/preventive actions (CAPA)

  • Participate in cost-saving initiatives, and maintain or improve product quality and yield
  •  Establish procedures to ensure efficient operation and maintenance of commercial scale fermenters and all related recovery and formulation equipment 
  • Provide fermentation, recovery and formulation support to production
  • Advice and train plant operators, production specialists and supervisors 
  • Foster a continuous process improvement environment and help implement new technologies
  • Sponsor Capital investments/technical changes



  • Assist in new product development and realization projects 
  • Write, review and execute process validation procedures 
  • Help conduct experimentation for studying the critical process parameters of fermentation, recovery and formulation processes, recommend and help with the implementation efforts of changes in order to increase the quality and yield and reduce costs and processing times
  • Help develop statistical models of the fermentation, recovery and formulation processes and then help with optimizing the processes and with the implementation of the improved methods
  • Other duties as required



  • BS in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering, biology, or other related fields is required, M.S. or Ph.D. preferred
  • Hands-on experience with industrial scale microbial fermentation processes or a strong interest in developing such skills is desired
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of an interdisciplinary, diverse team
  • Good working knowledge of chemical and biochemical process unit operations is a plus
  • Excellent computer skills are desired 
  • Working knowledge and understanding of process control and automation is a plus
  • Industrial scale hands-on plant experience with process optimization and Six Sigma experience is a plus
  • Must have flexibility to work some limited off-shift and weekend hours in order to support all production shifts when needed