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Senior Scientist - Metabolic Engineer

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Job ID 259939 Date posted 02/17/2023 Location : Plymouth, Minnesota

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Job Purpose and Impact

The Senior Scientist will join a team engineering yeast and bacteria with novel capabilities for use across Cargill’s business units.  The Senior Scientist will play a key role in developing and improving metabolic pathways for the production of food, feed and Bio-Industrial chemicals.  This position is based in Minneapolis, MN Research and Development Center (Plymouth)

Key Accountabilities

  • Use metabolic engineering approaches to design, build and test microbial strains to achieve project goals.
  • Generation of new hypotheses and metabolic pathways by mining scientific literature and in-house data and models.
  • Collaborating with researchers in strain engineering, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, fermentation, and process development to achieve project milestones.
  • Training, mentoring and supervising junior team members
  • Authoring reports and presentations, strong communication skills
  • Stay abreast of new technology being used in the field
  • Monitor materials to determine that they are on target impact including toxic or non toxic properties, binding and efficacy.
  • Manage associated software applications, modeling techniques and information systems to collect, store and analyze scientific data.
  • Oversee research studies that assist in improving agricultural processes, or other purposes.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • PhD in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, genetics, biochemistry, biochemical engineering, microbiology or related field.
    • Strong core competency in metabolic engineering and small-scale fermentation processes.
    • Ability to design and analyze experiments generating diverse data streams (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, genomics) to guide metabolic pathway development
    • Working knowledge of genetics, gene regulation, synthetic biology, and biochemistry
    • Good troubleshooting skills to deal with technical problems
    • Demonstrated experience generating high quality data, and managing to a timeline

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Minimum of 4 years of related industry work experience: microbiological techniques and metabolic pathway development
    • Possess comprehensive knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, biophysics
    • Understanding of one or more of the following scientific domains: molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, biophysics


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