DuPont Application Associate (Fermentation) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Application Associate (Fermentation) (Job Number: 199359W-01)


Work Hard. Play Hard. Change the World!

That's the opportunity you'll find here. At DuPont Industrial Biosciences, we are changing the world and having fun doing it. From the foods we eat, to the energy we use, to the clothes we wear, and much more, we are utilizing the power and intelligence of nature to develop new products and processes that improve the quality of our lives.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences is a leader in three strategic areas: BioRefineries, BioActives and BioMaterials. We leverage our cutting-edge strain and protein engineering expertise to develop sustainable solutions for the emerging bio-based economy. As one of the leading science companies in the world, DuPont Industrial Biosciences offers an informal, highly creative work setting, in which high team spirit, open communication, and environmental responsibility are considered company hallmarks.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design, execute, and interpret ethanol and biochemical fermentation experiments at multiple scales (shake flask and bioreactors)

  • Analyze and interpret lab- and commercial-scale process and fermentation data to evaluate and optimize performance

  • Assist in the technical development of yeast and enzyme products during the commercialization process: formulation and stability, performance evaluation, marketing material generation, scale-up, and post-launch support

  • Support Sales and Technical Service efforts through analysis of customer samples, lab-scale simulations of customer processes, method development, and remote and onsite technical support

  • Responsibilities will be focused on ethanol fermentation and will include related work on liquefaction and carbohydrate processing applications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical or Bioprocess Engineering, Fermentation Engineering, Microbiology, or a related field

  • Industry experience is preferred

  • Experience performing fermentations at multiple scales (including bioreactors or pilot-scale) and fermentation scale-up

  • Experience with analytical techniques relevant for monitoring fermentations (off-gas analysis, HPLC, etc)

  • In-depth understanding of fermentation fundamentals and kinetics

  • Experience with industrially-relevant yeast strains and ethanol fermentation is preferred

  • Experience with enzymes and biochemical assays is preferred

  • Desire to work in a multidisciplinary team and capability to work independently

  • Self-starter with good organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail

  • Willingness to travel up to 15%, including to customer commercial production sites

DuPont is an equal opportunity employer.

Primary Location: NA-United States-Iowa-Cedar Rapids

Organization: Industrial Biosciences

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Entry Level

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