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Scientist III- Decatur, IL

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Job Title: Scientist III- Decatur, IL
Location: Decatur, IL, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Scientist
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: 0
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For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we're one of the world's largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers and the world's premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at

Scientist III- Decatur, IL
Fermentation Development and Bioprocess Support
This is an exempt, full time position

Job Description:
This position is in the Bioprocess and Fermentation Group within the Biotechnology division of Archer Daniels Midland Company's Research Center. The group is focused on the development and scale-up of new fermentation processes and products, as well as continual improvement of current processes. The research work spans a variety of microorganisms and approaches including bacterial and fungal fermentations, aerobic and anaerobic processes, traditional stirred tank fermentations, and new engineering concepts in fermentation.

The successful candidate will be an integral part of a team of fermentation scientists and technicians who will participate in the development of new products through fermentation and will use an innovative approach to optimizing existing processes. A strong background in engineering with industrial fermentation experience is a plus.

  • Master's Degree in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Microbiology or related field with 5+ years of relevant experience or Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Microbiology or related field, with 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Working understanding of microbial metabolism and physiology and examples of its application to the development and commercialization of fermentation processes
  • Experience in bench top fermenter operations up to 100 L scale
  • Application of fermentation principles, medium development, process design, mass balance as applied for scale-up to a commercial process.
  • 5-10 years' experience in an industrial fermentation environment, including downstream processing
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Safety conscious

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Supervise and operate pilot scale fermenters to screen strains, optimize media or fermentation conditions, and develop new products
  • Lead efforts in plant support and troubleshooting.
  • Record and analyze data with accuracy and efficiency
  • Deliver weekly progress reports. Write detailed monthly project reports
  • Design programs to automate fermentation operations
  • Formulate low cost/high performance growth media
  • Optimize growth and production conditions for new and existing microbial strains
  • Develop fermentation protocols and create corresponding SOPs
  • Read industrial biotechnology, fermentation, technology publications
  • Research, develop and implement new methods and emerging technologies in fermentation
  • Promote new ideas and project success
  • Collaborate with project team members and management to develop monthly fermentation schedule
  • Work in an aseptic manner and maintain a clean work space

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

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

ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.

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Job Post Date: 04/06/19
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