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Kemin Industries Associate Scientist- Fermentation in Des Moines, Iowa


Position Overview

Kemin is seeking an Associate Scientist for management of all fermentation-related projects, team staff, and responsibility for successful project execution, product development and launch.

This full-time Associate Scientist is responsible for the all the fermentation research in new product development and continuous improvement of existing products.

We Are Kemin

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us. We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition, and textile markets. We provide product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,800 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

Job responsibilities:

  • Plan, execute and document all research experiments involving fermentation, downstream processing and final product formulation

  • Lead the fermentation research team of 2-3 research associates

  • Develop documents in compliance with the Product Innovation Process

  • Actively participate in identifying research areas that could lead to the development of new products or continuous improvement of existing products

  • Write various professional documents, for both internal and external use

  • Adhere to laboratory standard operating procedures, documentation and GMP guidelines

  • Understanding of Intellectual Property, protecting IP, and freedom to operate issues is desired

Skills Required:

  • Excellent experimental design, results interpretation and problem solving skills

  • Detail oriented, highly organized, and motivated by accomplishment

  • Capability to independently carry out fermentation research, and expertise running, maintaining and trouble-shooting fermentation and down-stream processing equipment

  • Effective time management

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Experience in people training and management experience is desired

  • Ability to simultaneously manage several projects

  • Ability to present ideas effectively and communicate well with all levels of management within a team environment on a variety of programs and projects

  • Advanced computer knowledge (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.) and statistical analysis (SAS or comparable program)

  • Ability to work in a continually changing environment

  • Proficiency in Mandarin language is desired


  • Master with minimum of 3 years of working experience or PhD in bioengineering, microbiology, fermentation technology, food science, or related background.

  • 3 years of hands-on fermentation research required, industry fermentation experience desired

LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date1 month ago(3/4/2021 5:08 PM)

Job ID2021-6821


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time