Research and Development Technician II – Decatur, IL

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Research and Development Technician II – Decatur, IL

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we?re one of the world?s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes 428 crop procurement locations, 280 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 39 innovation centers and the world?s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at www.adm.com
Technician II ? Decatur, ILFermentation Development and Bioprocess SupportThis is a non-exempt, full time position Position Summary:This position is in the Fermentation Process Development and Production Support Group, within the Research division, of Archer Daniels Midland Company. The group is focused on developing novel fermentation processes, products and scale-up, as well as, optimization and troubleshooting of current fermentation processes. The research work covers multiple areas, including bacterial and fungal fermentations, aerobic and anaerobic processes, traditional stirred tank fermentations and new engineering concepts applied to fermentation processes. The successful candidate will be a leader in the developing new products through fermentation and will use an innovative approach to optimizing existing processes.
Job Responsibilities: Operate 7.5 Liter benchtop fermenters to screen strains, optimize media or fermentation conditions, and develop new products Follow SOPsRead and understand fermentation protocolsRecord and analyze data with accuracy and efficiencyTear down, clean and perform maintenance on the bench top fermenters and ancillary equipmentDeliver weekly progress reports to project leader Read industrial biotechnology, fermentation, technology publications
Research, develop and present new methods and emerging technologies in fermentation to Technical Leadership TeamPromote new ideasCollaborate with project leader and team membersFollow monthly project schedule; meet deadlines
Work in an aseptic manner and maintain a clean work space Job Requirements: Bachelor?s Degree in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Microbiology or related field or a minimum of five years of fermentation experienceKnowledge of microbial metabolism and physiology and the ability to apply this knowledge in the development of new fermentation systems Experience in bench top fermenter operationsKnowledge of fermentation principles, medium development, process design and scale upGeneral understanding of mathematics and chemistry, with the ability to calculate solution concentrations, molarity, yield, productivity
Must be able to lift 50lbsMust be self-motivated, ambitious, and maintain a positive attitudeStrong communication skillsExperience with statistical experimental designExperience in an industrial fermentation environment, including downstream processing Project team membershipMust be safety conscious Relocation assistance is available with this position.
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