Fermentation Scientist

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Job Type

Full-Time

Responsibilities

  • Lead culture and probiotic blend development from ideation to launch including working with novel plant protein ingredients, formulation & processing development, shelf-life evaluation, and pilot & manufacturing trials

  • Lead engagement with external ingredient suppliers, culture banks, research facilities, pilot plants and co-manufacturers to effectively deliver the final product with determined specifications and within designated timelines and costs

  • Conducting research on new types of food products or ingredients to discover new uses for existing products

  • Preparing and maintaining fermentation cultures and media in a sterile environment, following standard operating procedures (SOPs) for sterilization and cleanliness procedures

  • Determining the effects of environmental conditions such as temperature and acidity levels on the growth and development of microorganisms during fermentation processes

  • Conducting laboratory tests to measure microbial activity during fermentation processes to ensure that the process is proceeding properly

  • Monitoring production equipment during fermentation processes to ensure that it is functioning properly

  • Design and execute experiments systematically to track culture progress and deliver on decided specifications from sensory, nutrition, shelf life, and cost fronts

  • Design and conduct microbial studies

  • Design and conduct culture strain characterization experiments and establish structure-function relationships

  • Develop specifications and testing protocols for the products being developed

  • Maintaining detailed records of fermentation processes, including temperature and pH levels, time spans, and other factors

  • Work with co-manufacturing facilities on designing and validating HACCP/Food Safety plans

  • Conduct troubleshooting and root cause analysis for any product issues that may come up at the lab/pilot/manufacturing scale

  • Design internal research lab, pilot scale, and manufacturing facilities

  • Keep systematic and thorough records of all work being done

  • Develop intellectual property strategy on any novel formulations/processing techniques/products being developed

  • Hire and mentor interns/research associates/junior food scientists as needed

  • Provide ongoing work updates, project plans, and outcomes to company partners

Desired Qualifications & Personality

  • MS or Ph.D. in Fermentation or Microbiology or Biotechnology or Food Technology or Food Science with > 3 years industry experience

  • Solid background in fermentation, microbiology, food chemistry, food engineering, food microbiology and food safety

  • HACCP Certified

  • Demonstrated experience in experimental design, data analysis and statistical analysis

  • Demonstrated experience in formulating and scaling up of food products

  • Experience working in plant-based foods sector is a big plus

  • Self-starter with a motivation to continuously learn and succeed

  • Very resourceful with the ability to make advantaged connections

  • Experience understanding and working in the food industry in India is a plus

  • Proficient in English and Hindi

  • Willing to be flexible with work

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