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Project Lab Analyst - Applications Grain Processing

Employer
International Flavors and Fragrances
Location
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Salary
$75,000-87,000 annual salary with benefits and bonus potential
Start date
Nov 1, 2023

At IFF Health & Biosciences, we’re not only committed to delivering on customer needs, but to inventing the solutions that conserve resources. We are a health, bioscience, and sensorial experience company that is changing the world for the better. Today, we’re building on our heritage of creating sense experiences with the addition of world changing scientific expertise and R&D. This potent combination of science and creativity, along with the passion to serve customers of all shapes and sizes means there’s no limit to the impact we can have.

 

We are seeking an application development specialist for the Grain Processing Business, where we leverage cutting-edge enzyme and yeast technology to develop sustainable solutions for the emerging bio-based economy. Our enzyme and yeast products are critical biocatalysts in our customers’ processes, enabling them to create renewable biofuel, feed, and food products. As a part of our Application Development team, this role will work across functions to develop and support products and processes.

 

Application Development Specialist

Applied Innovation Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, USA


Responsibilities:

  • Hands-on laboratory work to design, execute, analyze, report and present experimental plans and results
  • Contribute to the technical development of enzyme and yeast products during the commercialization process: formulation and stability, performance evaluation, marketing material generation, scale-up, and post-launch support
  • Support Sales and Technical Service efforts through analysis of customer samples via biochemical and analytical chemistry techniques, lab-scale simulations of customer processes, method development, and remote and onsite technical support
  • Interact with Sales & Technical Service teams as well as with North American Grain Processing customers to understand regional aspects of their processes and needs Generate technical data and support for application development projects and customer support in fuel ethanol and carbohydrate processing
  • Design, execute, interpret, and report on experiments at lab- and pilot-scales
  • Support precommercial trials of enzyme and yeast products at customer sites Develop technical knowledge of products and their applications Project management or leadership

 

 

 

 

Required Qualifications:

Educational requirement

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or a closely related field with 6+ years of relevant experience OR MSc with a relevant academic background with 3+ years relevant work experience

 

 

Experiences and skills required

 

  • Research experience in an academic or industrial setting Understanding of enzyme kinetics and fermentation basics Experience performing biochemical and/or fermentation experiments at lab- and/or pilot-scales (eg: starch conversion, biomass conversion, ethanol or other fermentations, etc) Experience with analytical techniques relevant for monitoring biochemical and fermentation processes (HPLC, IC, GC, viscosity, biochemical assays, etc) Ability to analyze complex data sets and use statistical inference The successful candidate must be motivated, creative, have strong problem solving and critical thinking skills Demonstrated judgment and decision making skills Demonstrates ability to perform advanced tasks in complex situations on a frequent basis Desire to work in a multidisciplinary team and capability to work independently Excellent verbal and written communication skills Self-starter with good organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail Has a collaborative spirit Customer focused Demonstrated aptitude in science-based innovation Willingness to travel up to 25%, including to customer commercial production facilities

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a related industry: industrial biotechnology, dry grind fuel ethanol, carbohydrate processing, brewing, or etc Experience with enzymes and/or yeast relevant for starch and biomass processing and ethanol fermentation (amylases, proteases, fiber-hydrolyzing enzymes, lipases, etc) Experience with process scale-up or scale-down Experience with project management  Proficiency with statistical analysis software such as JMP

 

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