Fermentation Scientist











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Fermentation Scientist (63063131) – San Diego

Where the Chemistry Happens

We are seeking a professional like you to join our team and develop scale down models for enzyme screening and expression. You will collaborate with several other scientific teams in molecular biology, enzyme engineering, biochemistry, HTP screening, analytical, process development and scale-up to achieve project goals.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Formula for Success


    Leveraging your master’s degree or higher in Biological Science, Engineering, Microbiology or related field as well as your experience in fermentation screening, characterization and optimization you will transfer principles from bench-scale fermentation to design, develop and optimize small scale plate based high throughput screening efforts to improve enzyme production.

    Based on your understanding of fermentation technology and microbial physiology, and experience in plate based high throughput fermentation development you will develop and optimize various fermentation processes with bacteria, yeasts and fungi at different scales including plate-based assays, miniaturized fermenter system and bench-scale reactors as well as follow SOPs and safety protocols.

    Utilizing your knowledge of bioprocess engineering principles and familiarity with fermentation systems across different scales you will collaborate closely with members of process development, strain development, biochemistry, and analytical teams to ensure the development of a robust high throughput screening fermentation platform.

    Your experience with bench-scale fermentation and or plate-based cultivation methods will serve you well as you will maintain up-to date information with scientific theories and principles and continually develop skill sets for new technologies and methods in the fields of fermentation and bioprocessing.

    Combining your outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills, experience in experiment design (DOE) and statistical analysis of technical data as well as your affinity to lab work you will analyze, interpret, and report large data sets generated in fermentation using various data analysis tools and integrate fermentation process control and data collection into the global digitalization efforts as well as prepare scientific reports and presentations

    Your excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills as well as your ability to collaborate and communicate across multiple teams will serve you well as you will actively participate in project and technical meetings to critically evaluate projects, as well as in cross functional teams and product development teams with business units and maintain laboratory documentation in accordance to required scientific, regulatory, and intellectual property requirements.

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San Diego, CA, US, 92121

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