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ADM Scientist (III), Microbiology – Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois

Job Title:

Scientist (III), Microbiology – Decatur, IL

Department/Function:

Research & Development

Job Description:

Scientist (III), Microbiology – Decatur, IL

ADM Research & Development

This is an exempt level position.

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com .

Position Summary

We have an opening for a scientist to carry out strain development and fermentation for a range of processes aimed at producing amino acids, organic acids, hydrocolloids, and enzymes at our Corporate Research Center in Decatur, IL!

This role will assist a team with non-GM strain development, high throughput screening, and cell bank maintenance! It will also engage with microtiter bioreactors to assess and characterize cell physiology and fermentation performance.

Job Responsibilities

  • Act as a major contributor to non-GM strain development projects and perform high throughput screening studies utilizing microtiter plate readers and shake flasks with minor supervision

  • Work closely with upstream engineering team to conduct new strain evaluation in microtiter bioreactors

  • Interpret experimental results, draw conclusions, provide recommendations, and communicate with the technical leader of the project

  • Prepare research cell banks of microbial strains including bacteria, yeast, or filamentous fungi with excellent viability and no contamination

  • Organize and maintain the strain archive

  • Work in an aseptic manner and maintain a clean workspace

  • Develop protocols and create corresponding documentation such as SOPs and Job Safety Assessments (JSAs)

  • Conduct basic maintenance of fermentation and analytical equipment

  • Contribute to continuous improvement efforts on execution of experiments and laboratory safety

Skills and Proficiencies

Skills and experiences required or useful:

  • Educational background: Bachelor or Master of Science or PhD in microbiology, fermentation science, or related field

  • Industry experience: BS 10+ years, MS 5+ years, PhD 0+ years working on aerobic or anaerobic fermentation of bacteria, yeast, or filamentous fungi

  • Experienced with non-GM strain development and screening

  • Experienced with shake flask and microtiter bioreactor studies

  • Hands on experience with cell bank production and strain archive maintenance

  • Solid background in research and development with excellent critical thinking, data analysis, and problem-solving skills

  • Preferred candidate will have industrial biotechnology experience, demonstrating delivery of value to the business through execution of projects

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to write clear and concise reports, and prepare well-organized presentations to audiences with different backgrounds

  • Demonstrated ability of working with diverse, multidisciplinary teams

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life, vision, and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background investigation.

ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans’ status.

If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application process, please send an e-mail to ReasonableAccommodations@adm.com . Include your contact information, a description of the position for which you are applying, and the nature of your requested accommodation.

City:

Decatur

State:

IL - Illinois

Ref ID:

#LI-NA2

EEO:

ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

About ADM::

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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