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Kemin Industries Research Associate - Fermentation in Des Moines, Iowa


As a Research Associate at Kemin, you’ll provide research and development support for product development projects through scientific methodologies. You’ll provide a supporting role in various research projects and independently perform small research projects as needed by the business unit.

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.

We are a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services.

For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offer product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to customers in more than 120 countries.

Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

What you’ll do:

  • Support research and development projects

  • Perform wide range of laboratory bench top fermentation experiments of various microorganisms using 24-well Microbioreactors, shake flasks, 15L and pilot scale bioreactors

  • Conduct downstream processing including ultrafiltration, centrifugation and drying

  • Collect and analyze samples, monitor processes, collect and record data, and maintain all relevant equipment

  • Maintain accurate and detailed electronic laboratory notebooks

  • Contribute to experimental design, data analysis and research reports

  • Collaborate with scientists and research associates in the research team

  • Present results in group research meeting.

  • Contribute to scientific publications used for internal purposes; may be cited as an author following Kemin authorship guidelines.

  • Adhere to laboratory standard operating procedures, documentation and guidelines

What we require of you:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering or related discipline

  • Master’s Degree (preffered) with some academic or industrial research experience OR Bachelor’s Degree with 3+ years’ experience in academic or industrial research settings

  • Hands-on experience in microbial fermentation preferred

  • Ability to work under pressure and detail oriented

  • Experience in analytical, biological and wet chemistry laboratory equipment

  • Experience in aseptic technique and other classical microbiology techniques is desired

  • Good understanding of Microsoft office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Good organizational and prioritization skills.

  • Scientific curiosity and innovation.

  • Ability to handle multiple projects efficiently.

  • Reliable and self-motivated

  • The position is full-time. Work schedule may include weekends

What’s in it for you:

A competitive financial package-in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.

Robust health and wellness support-we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.

Continued learning opportunities-Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.

The chance to give back to our world-Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.

Opportunities to support our valued educators-Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.



LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date6 days ago(10/13/2020 11:49 AM)

Job ID2020-6488


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time