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RD&A Scientist

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

About the role

About the role

The role of an R&D Scientist - Food Protection & Preservation (FP&P) Fermentation is based in KERRY Global Technology & Innovation Centre in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA and reporting to the RD&A Senior Scientist, FP&P fermentation Lead and will be a part of the Fermentation Center of Excellence CoE). The candidate must be prepared to interact with and to work with other globally based Kerry staff, and to travel to support activities on sites/facilities occasionally.

The successful candidate will support should demonstrate with good “hands on” experience working with bacterial system in the field of fermentation processes (development, upscaling, downscaling), ideally for producing organic acids and antimicrobial peptides within a laboratory/industrial environment.

She/He should have preliminary experiences and demonstrate technical leadership capabilities in the field of system bio;ogy, metabolic modeling, molecular biology and metabolomic. 

The successful candidate will be leading strategic projects in close collaboration with other globally Kerry staff based globally, with external third part and by combining “hands on” bioprocess approach and “in silico” analytical understanding.

She/He will take part of Whole Genome Sequensing (WGS) program for mining data and gaining IP value.

The successful candidate will support the development of Kerry's portfolio of fermentation-derived antimicrobials for food, beverage, and animal applications.

This is a Permanent role.

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities

  • To lead and/or participate in fermentation innovation and development projects
  • Set clear priorities, goals and objectives for multi-disciplinary cross-functional project teams that create a competitive advantage for the business
  • Partner with the Global Fermentation R&D structure in addition to the Food Protection R&D structure and Business unit to ensure R&D objectives are aligned with business requirements and evolving market conditions
  • Plan, co - ordinate, and conduct fermentation research and establish new methods for developing media, optimizing growth parameters and validating growth yields through collaboration with the Global Fermentation Group,
  • To lead/to be part of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) program for mining data and gaining IP value
  • Ensure the development of microbiological and fermentation processes for evaluation and economic production of antimicrobial metabolites are completed
  • To lead development capabilities in the field of System biology, metabolic modelling, molecular biology and metabolomic in collaboration with other SME’s
  • Ensure technical reports, standard operating procedure (SOP's) and scientific presentations are accurate and kept up to date
  • Perform scientific literature searches, patent reviews and utilize institutional libraries to evaluate data and published literature to support product development efforts and research needs
  • Contribute to training team members on use of fermentation equipment and drive continued development of fermentation methods for Kerry that add value to Kerry's Food Protection portfolio
  • Share the responsibility of maintaining the smooth operation of the fermentation lab, in terms of maintenance, hygiene, consumables, procedures and QSHE (Quality, Safety, Health and Environment), as well as participating in the selection/commissioning of new equipment

Qualifications and skills

Qualifications and skills

  • MS, PhD or equivalent in microbiology, biotechnology, bioprocess, bioengineering, system biology, metabolic modelling, micro engineering, biochemistry in relevant field
  • 1-2 years’ experience in a similar role, developing multi-functional metabolites (organic acids, peptides) and knowledge of optimization of media, growth parameters and yield is required
  • 2-3 years’ experience of hands-on research and development in microbial fermentation or industrial microbiology, whether in industry or academic setting. Autonomous operation of bioreactor systems (HTS/mini-scale, bench scale, lab/pilot-scale) with advanced controls is highly advantageous
  • Experience at pilot scale or in production environment is a plus
  • Demonstrate an ability for multi-tasking, in planning and time management
  • Competence in general microbiology laboratory practices and aseptic techniques. Experience with molecular biology (PCR, cloning, etc) or analytical techniques (biochemical assays, HPLC, etc) is advantageous
  • Competence in writing technical documents such as research reports, SOPs, etc. Proficiency with Excel or other data processing/visualization software is desirable
  • Experience with numerical techniques or programming languages is a plus
  • Experience in selecting/benchmarking and trouble-shooting of laboratory equipment is advantageous. Experience working in collaborative and multi-cultural / international environments in a plus

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