Lab Scientist

  • Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #36470

Drawing upon over 150+ years of fermentation expertise, we offer high-quality and locally manufactured biomass and bio-based products. Our network of fermentation labs (R&D and application lab), help us to provide answers to our clients’ demands, overcome their challenges and to seek for improvement potentials.

You would join a team committed to sustainability, customers’ satisfaction, and innovation, which is an industrial fermentation for a sustainable tomorrow. As a Lab Scientist, you will support industrial fermentation industries by providing nutrients and expertise to improve growth and productivity of microorganisms and cell cultures. Our targeted market segments include: biopharma media and diagnostics; food and feed bioingredients; food cultures and probiotics; renewable chemicals; and biocontrol organisms.


  • Design, run, and report on experiments that support the customer applications, product development, and production.
  • Perform and coordinate the hands-on lab work that needs to be done, and will also participate as a contributor of a global application team on the following:
    • project development and prioritization
    • experimental designs
    • project management
    • Provide technical knowledge to internal stakeholders and customers
  • Help develop application model platforms being used by customers in North America in the biopharma, food cultures, probiotics, and food and feed market segments.
  • Complete Product performance test vs. competitors and internal benchmarks. Interpret results, write reports and conclusions for use by the sales and marketing teams
  • Complete literature searches on new developments in targeted segments
  • Design and run optimization experiments for customers using either model organisms or customer strains
  • Assist the design and development of new products in close relationship with the pilot plant and the production department
  • Utilize and contribute to the improvement of defined validation study procedures and experimental protocols according to the standards of the Global Applications Group
  • Ensure the full physical, biological and chemical characterization of the company’s products in concert with fermentation profile analysis
  • Assist new product development and product improvement initiatives: investigate product performances issues and keep close communication with Production, Marketing and Quality Departments to provide recommendations for development of new products
  • Contribute to a technical competitor database
  • Serve as one of the reference labs for the global team as industry expert for biopharma and probiotics.
  • Maintain lab equipment in good conditions (metrology, validation protocols, etc.) manage reagents and consumables to ensure the lab is always fully operational.
  • Demonstrate good program management skills in all project phases, including planning, execution, control, and closure.
  • Prepare a yearly budget for consumables and propose ideas for new equipment.
  • Provide regular reporting of project status to management and the broader organization.
  • Draft and implement external research projects with academia or other research institutes as needed.


  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Chemistry, Genetics, Engineering
  • Heavily prefer specialization in bio-ingredients field (hyaluronic acid, amino acids, enzymes, biopharma, dairy cultures, probiotics, etc.)
  • 2-3 years’ experience in bio-technology area.
  • Master’s / Doctorate degree is preferred, but not required.
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