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Kemin Industries Research Associate - Microbiology in Des Moines, Iowa



Position Overview

The Research Associate will be responsible for research and development in molecular biology and innovation of new concepts, including all experimental design, feasibility determination, execution, and analysis. The candidate will have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, and microbiology.

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:

  • Select, plan, and apply research techniques, procedures, or methodologies to complete tasks

  • Investigate, create, and develop new methods and technologies for new project advancement

  • Focus and prioritize projects and assume responsibility for their success

  • Maintain detailed and organized lab notebooks and research files

  • Write experimental protocols and prepare reports for internal and external publications

  • Develop documents in compliance with the Product Innovation Process

  • Actively participate in identifying research areas that could lead to the development of new products

  • Have a collaborative attitude and work closely with other R&D Scientists to ensure that new technologies are developed in an efficient and timely fashion

What we require of you:

  • M.S. in microbiology, protein engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field OR a Bachelors and 3+ years of experience

  • Experience in recombinant protein expression, subcloning, enzyme assay development, microbial isolation and culture

  • Experience in protein purification using a variety of methods (e.g. affinity, SEC, ion exchange), and instrumentation (FPLC, HPLC, AKTA).

  • Expertise in characterization of DNA and protein preparations using Sanger Sequencing, SDS-PAGE, Spectrophotometer

  • Expertise in design, execution, and troubleshooting of purification processes.

  • Demonstrate proficiency at data reporting, interpretation, and trending.

  • Keep abreast with relevant technical developments and actively solicit/pursueideas from all sources, including academia, competitive intelligence and up-to-date literature.

  • Initiative and competence to successfully drive projects to meet deadlines and provide deliverables

  • Needs to be flexible and be able to handle ever changing priorities while demonstrating attention to detail, and good technical judgment

  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to present ideas effectively and communicate well with all levels of management within a team environment on a variety of programs and projects

Working Conditions: The position is based at Kemin Industries Discovery Research headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. This position is considered to be 40 hours per week, but requires flexibility and may require operations monitoring on off-shifts including weekend and holiday work.

What’s in it for you:

  • A competitive financial package- in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.

  • Robust health and wellness support- we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.

  • Continued learning opportunities- Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.

  • The chance to give back to our world- Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.

  • Opportunities to support our valued educators- Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.



LocationUS-IA-Des Moines

Posted Date3 months ago(7/15/2020 11:35 AM)

Job ID2020-6363


CategoryResearch & Development

Position TypeRegular Full-Time