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Cargill Fermentation Scientist in Eddyville, Iowa

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Fermentation Scientist I, will conduct basic research on fermentation, enzyme applications and other bioscience areas with a focus on development of new bioprocesses and optimization of existing processes. In this role, you will perform entry level research on a multidisciplinary team to develop, plan and execute fermentation experimental designs at lab and pilot scales and effectively communicate results to stakeholders.

Key Accountabilities

  • Execute technical work plans for fermentation experiments individually or as part of a team.

  • Conduct basic fermentation experiments with a high level of excellence to ensure precise and accurate data.

  • Prepare samples for analysis and run test assays.

  • Process and analyze data and create tables and graphs to enable senior level staff to create sound conclusions.

  • Assist in the preparation of technical reports and presentations to communicate experimental outcomes and well reasoned recommendations for future work.

  • Handle basic issues and problems under direct supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR equivalent experience


  • Master's degree or other post-secondary degree in biochemical engineering, chemical engineering, industrial microbiology or biochemistry

  • Knowledge of metabolite, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and protein sample preparation

  • Knowledge and application of microbial physiology

  • Knowledge of fermentation principles relevant to bioprocess development

  • Education or experience with lab or pilot scale fermentation equipment, microbial techniques, math and quantification skills and strain maintenance

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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