Fermentation Scientist

Job Listing No: 9740000

Fermentation Scientist

Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses in ever better ways. Building on 60 years of experience, we deliver quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. We are working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant.Our name, Zoetis (z-EH-tis), has its root in zo, familiar in words such as zoo and zoology and derived from zoetic, meaning “pertaining to life.” It signals our company”s dedication to supporting the veterinarians and livestock producers everywhere who raise and care for the farm and companion animals on which we all depend.Zoetis is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.The Fermentation Scientist will design and direct Fermentation scale-up studies, Analytical assays, Pilot scale fermenter studies, and Shake Flask studies as related to Process, Operational, Raw Material, and Strain improvement goals. Individual will interact closely with Production Staff, Zoetis Global Technical Support, Maintenance and Quality Operations.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: * Operate, calibrate, repair, maintain, and upgrade a wide variety of fermentation/lab equipment. This includes but is not limited to 2L to 30L Pilot fermenters, Shakers, Coulter Counter, Mass Spectrometer, Centrifuge, YSI Analyzer, Viscometer, Autoclave, Biohood, Transfer Tanks, etc. * Design and direct fermentation studies to support ongoing manufacturing operations and process improvement goals. * Evaluate/purchase new fermentation/lab equipment as needed. * Design, fabricate, and install novel fermentation equipment (Pilot/Production scale) as needed. * Perform a wide variety of Microbiological tasks, such as culture maintenance, plant contamination monitoring, strain improvement studies, contaminant kill curves, and plant inoculum, etc. * Monitor and report plant Fermentation performance, including titer, raw material quality, contamination rates, sterile procedures/design, etc. Recommend corrective actions as needed. * Independently define and solve technical problems in a complete, thorough manner. * Release of experimental data and results in a complete and timely manner. * Understand and comply with GMP/cGLP requirements when completing all work activities. * Coordinate resolution of process and or resource issues, maintain work flow and equipment operability. * Interact closely with Production Staff and act as a liaison for Fermentation process improvements. * Provide off-hours coverage on a regular basis. * Train new hires, as needed. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: * Bachelors Degree with 7+ years of experience in a technical discipline or related field, or a Master”s Degree with 5+ years of experience, preferably in an FDA regulated environment. TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: * Ability to work independently and be a self starter * Strong analytical/problem resolution skills * Knowledge of Manufacturing facilities and equipment capabilities and constraints * Excellent attention to detail * Demonstrated direct/indirect leadership of high capability professionals and OTE colleagues * Effective written and oral communication and solid interpersonal skills * Proficient in all Microsoft Applications * Six Sigma/Lean experience, Green Belt Certification is preferred * Strong experience in cGMP environments is desired * Accomplished presentation skills and the ability to communicate across all levels of the organization * Ability to access all areas of the plant; work area is predominately an office environment, with frequent time in the manufacturing area

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