Work in Iowa STEM Jobs

Job Information

Kemin Industries Senior Customer Laboratory Service Associate in Des Moines, Iowa


Position Overview

The primary purpose of this position is to execute and support customer laboratory service (CLS), application research, and to evaluate new methods for implantation in the lab. Responsibilities will include the development of project protocols to demonstrate effectiveness of all products in potential customers’ operations. This position will also be actively involved with active communication and support of Sales, Marketing and Technical Services Managers with project review and providing education support of results and data interpretation.

We Are Kemin

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us. We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition, beauty and textile markets. We provide product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,300 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Providing microbiology support of commercial projects for primarily Food Safety products, with Palatants and Health and Nutrition microbiology support as needed

  • Communicating with Commercial team and collaborating on the design of application research projects.

  • Developing advance methods including microbial challenge studies, method validation, and formulation, as applicable.

  • Performing advanced problem solving, microbial data analysis and interpretation of results.

  • Consistently exercising independent discretion and judgement.

  • Coordinating projects and oversight of project teams, as applicable.

  • Communicating product support and providing technical recommendations to customers (internal and external).

  • Independently generating test protocols.

  • Technical report writing and review.

  • Understanding and supporting Kemin products and services, as applicable.

  • Training others on protocols and procedures/methods in accordance with SOPs.

  • Validating methods to fit within ISO 17025 requirements.

  • Writing and following SOP’s, Methods, basic GLP and Quality System requirements.

  • Attending and presenting at tradeshows, conferences; participating in customer meetings, as applicable.

  • Contributing to field trials, as applicable.

What we require of you:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 55-7 years of related experience OR Associates Degree with 7+ years of related experience OR PhD with 1+ years experience.

  • Degree must be in Microbiology and/or Food Science

  • Advanced statistics and/or basic chemometrics.

  • Must be experienced and skilled in microbiological techniques, ability to work using aseptic technique and to work at biosafety level 2.

  • Knowledge of food products and pathogenic and spoilage organisms likely to be encountered

  • Experience isolating spoilage microorganisms (mold, yeast, bacteria, spores) and pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli from a variety of food products, pet foods, and pet food ingredients including low moisture/high fat foods

  • Experience in identify microorganisms such as mold, yeast and bacteria using different techniques

  • Advanced computer skills and MS Office knowledge and experience. Advanced skills with Excel including ability to write formulas and generate graphs.

  • Must have a solid understanding and adherence to the Servant Leadership philosophy.

  • Strong communication skills (written and oral).

  • A high degree of personal motivation. A desire to make contributions and a strong sense of urgency and excitement.

  • Ability to function well in team environment.

LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date4 days ago(1/13/2020 11:45 AM)

Job ID2020-6117


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time