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RD&A Senior Technologist

Requisition ID 27372 
Position Type FT Permanent 
Recruiter #LI-OO1 
Posting Type LI 

Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 25,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry


More than 25,000 people have careers with Kerry. From Food Science to Manufacturing, our jobs help nourish and delight consumers around the globe. Kerry is committed to leading to better in everything we do. We strive for better taste and nutrition, better sustainability, better career opportunities and ultimately, a better world.

Everyday millions of people throughout the world consume food or beverage products containing our taste and nutrition solutions.


As the world leader in taste and nutrition, our Purpose is to Inspire Food and Nourish Life.


Our Purpose is central to The Kerry Way and serves as our guiding light on our journey to make it easier and more valuable for customers to do business with us, as we seek to make a greater, more lasting difference in the world by inspiring innovative, natural and sustainable taste and nutrition solutions for consumers, customers, the industry and the world.

About the role


We have an exciting opportunity for a RD&A Senior Scientist to join the Kerry Foods team in Naas


This is a Permanent Role.

Key responsibilities


Kerry is one of the world’s main producers of yeast & extracts. Our manufacturing facility located in Scotland employs some of the most advanced technology and processing techniques in the industry.


Our research, development & applications (RD&A) team of biochemists and scientists actively work on research projects related to yeast propagation, extraction & autolysis, and developing processes to aid with this. Our team of applications scientists focus on applying yeast & yeast extract in customer applications to enhance the taste & function of many common FMCGs.

Qualifications and skills


  • Minimum MSc. in Microbiology, Biotechnology or related field. PhD and relevant internships are advantageous. A good background in engineering disciplines is a plus.
  • Hands-on experience in microbial fermentation (yeast & bacterial)/ cell culture or biomass,  industrial microbiology, whether in industry or academic setting. Autonomous operation of bioreactor systems with advanced controls (e.g. aerobic fed-batch cultivation) is highly advantageous. Experience at pilot scale or in production environment is a plus.
  • Experience in protein and metabolite down streaming experience will be valuable
  • Competence in general microbiology laboratory practices and aseptic techniques. 
  • Experience with biology 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 trouble-shooting of laboratory equipment is advantageous.
  • Experience working in collaborative and multi-cultural environments in a plus.
  • Desire to work in Science, at the interface between Biology, Chemistry and Engineering.
  • Preference for working in an applied R&D environment: deals well with change, has a constructive approach dealing with setbacks and unforeseen situations, enjoys seeing the impact of own contributions into new processes and products.
  • Affinity for problem-solving and handling of diverse laboratory equipment (mechanical, analytical, electronics, software).
  • Absolute integrity and transparency in all work related matters.
  • Attention to detail; curiosity; ownership and accountability for own deliverables.
  • Self-motivation, proactivity and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Time-management skills; flexibility to cope with variable workloads and time requirements.
  • Clear and structured communication, both verbal and written.
  • Availability to travel, within Ireland or abroad, is a plus.

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