Manufacturing Technology Scientist – Lyophilization Specialist

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Manufacturing Technology Scientist – Lyophilization Specialist

The Scientist will be responsible for developing new culture products, optimizing current culture products, and scaling up products/processes from laboratory to commercial scale. The focus for this development work will be on Probiotics, Cultures, and Food Protection Ingredients with emphasis on lyophilization and spray drying to improve performance, release capacity, and lower manufacturing costs. In alignment with these responsibilities, the Scientist is expected to be familiar with academic and industry practice/trends and to be current with internal/external literature, so continuous improvement and potentially ???breakthrough??? ideas can be identified and implemented. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Scientist will work with and provide technical leadership to a supporting team consisting of technicians, assistant scientists, and other scientists.  The applied research will involve all aspects of the manufacturing process which includes, but is not limited to, fermentation.  Accordingly, the Scientist is expected to become familiar with all aspects of the manufacturing process, so that direction and sound approaches can be provided to guide lab scale development (i.e. account for the stresses and hold times encountered by the product during manufacturing) and to troubleshoot the process, especially during scale up to commercial scale.  The Scientist will function as project manager for projects of varying complexity. As such, the Scientist will use Project Management and Six Sigma principles to achieve the project objectives and deliverables under his/her supervision.  This will involve developing project plans with the help of key stakeholders (i.e. Business, Operations, CMT, and Innovation), performing experimental work as technical lead, and organizing the execution of different elements of these projects.   The Scientist will develop projects and will work with team members to complete these projects based on the needs of the Business and Operations.   Essential Duties and Responsibilities  The essential functions of this position include the following: Provide technical leadership for developing new products, optimizing current products, and scaling up products/processes from laboratory to commercial scale.Use internal/external scientific literature, collaborations, and emerging industry trends for new product/process development and to identify potential ???breakthrough??? technology.Identify and develop collaborations to support development and ???breakthrough??? efforts.Work with technicians, assistant scientists and scientists in developing new products, optimizing current products, and scaling up products/processes from laboratory to commercial scale.Initiate and develop new projects/feasibility studies based on needs of key stakeholders (Business, Operations, CMT, Innovation) using Project Management and Six Sigma principles.Execute projects using project management and Six Sigma principles to achieve project objectives and deliverables.Develop and execute projects of varying complexity as Project Manager.Develop and manage university collaborations using project management principles.Perform research as needed for new product development and ???breakthrough??? feasibility studies.Document ideas, observations, and results in electronic lab notebook.Write technical reports/notes to report observations and results during the course of the projects.Write invention disclosures as appropriate to protect innovative processes.Communicate results to Manager and project/program stakeholders on a regular basis.Comply with all company policies. Adhere to GMP and to Safety Policy.Qualifications:Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Mandatory Master???s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in the following or related areas: chemical engineering, food engineering, food science, microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, dairy science, or related field.Expertise in lyophilization is mandatory, knowledge of lactic acid bacteria physiology, genetics, food fermentation systems, and spray drying is preferred.Project Management and Six Sigma experience preferred.Must have good listening and facilitating skills to work within a diverse, multinational work environment.

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