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Fermentation Scientist


Fermentation scientists are food scientists who study microorganisms in the fermentation process and how they relate to food and medicines. They research, analyze and develop new uses for fermentation.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Oversee fermentation pilot plant and recovery, shake flask development, mutation screening programs, and strain development programs
  • Conduct microbiology research to improve present strains that are utilized in production
  • Develop programs for contamination reduction and increasing fermenter up time
  • Conceive, plan, develop, and evaluate technical and business projects in the areas of fermentation and microbiology
  • Empower the fermentation technology team to improve the overall reliability and productivity of the fermentation process
  • Partner with production (and other support functions) to troubleshoot, identify and implement productivity improvements for the production process
  • Effectively organize, interpret, and present data to peers, cross functional teams, senior leadership, and colleagues
  • Provide leadership and oversee the activities of the fermentation technology staff (microbiologists, research associates, support staff) and other areas as assigned
  • Prepare, review, and provide guidance for the preparation of documents to meet all quality, regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Interface with the appropriate regulatory and compliance agencies (i.e. FDA), as needed
  • Manage department budget and control expenses. Identify, implement and monitor cost reduction programs
  • Ensure compliance with all safety, environmental and corporate quality
  • Conduct review of literature, making recommendations for application to current process issues


What education and training is required?

A master’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry or related field.


To pursue a career as a fermentation scientist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, biology, mathematics, business courses and computer courses.


Where can I work?

In agriculture, fermentation scientists work for animal pharmaceutical companies and food production companies.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The job outlook for a fermentation scientist will be great over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Institute for Food Technologists
  • Institute of Food Science and Technology
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