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Scientist in Starter Culture Development

Date: Jul 22, 2022

Location: DangeSaintRomain, Vienne, FR, 86220

Company: IFF Family of Companies

About IFF


IFF is growing and we are looking for a dedicated and passionate individual to join our Starter Culture Development team!


The Starter Culture Development group is part of the R&D Department of its Cultures, Food Enzymes and Food Protection Division. The group is strongly involved in starter culture development and is responsible for selecting strains of microorganisms to be used in the design of starter cultures for dairy and other fermentation industries. It is specialized in the microbiology of Lactic Acid Bacteria with expertise in strain functionality evaluation, strain association and starter design for the fermentation of various food matrixes.


The group, which is based in France (86), is seeking a Scientist in Starter Culture Development

The Role


As a scientist In the Starter Culture Development group, you will be part of the Fresh Fermented Center of Expertise. You will be responsible for supervising the activities linked to starter cultures for yogurt and fermented milks and will have 3 to 4 technicians to work with. Besides ensuring organization of work in the lab, you are expected to be the technical leader of our starter development projects in the yoghurt and fermented milk area, to answer our market needs.


That activity will be conducted with direct help of expert scientists from different areas.


Pro-activity, organization and ability to work as a team and to coordinate work of multiple skill teams are mandatory.

Beyond being responsible of new starter culture development, the ideal candidate will also show curiosity and passion to:


  • Work on innovative ideas with our colleagues from Strain development
  • Support our plants and Process R&D colleagues with regards to fermented milks starters
  • Be the main partner of our fresh fermented application team
  • Work in close collaboration with our business partner in the area.


Role Responsibilities


  • Be the technical leader of our starter culture development projects as well as our technical expert in the fermented milks area
  • Organize the work of the CoE Fresh Fermented by prioritizing the work of technicians and ensuring the accuracy of results obtained and presented by the team 
  • Work in close collaboration with our Process R&D colleagues for scaling-up of our candidate strains and with our Application colleagues for the validation of our solutions
  • Interact with internal and external cross-functional scientific teams
  • Read and apply relevant scientific literature
  • Present research and development activities at internal and external meetings
  • Support the intellectual property team in the field of fermented milks


The Scientist will report to the Starter Culture Development manager

Role Requirements


  • Ph. D or MSc degree in Microbiology, biotechnology, food science (preferably in dairy applications) or related fields with practical experience acquired in industry or academy
  • Experience in microbiology is a must 
  • The preferred candidate will have knowledge of industrial microbiology, microbial fermentation or dairy science 
  • The preferred candidate will be knowledgeable in the yogurt and fresh fermented market 
  • You are proficient at coordinating work of different teams within a project.
  • You are proficient with computerized lab environment (electronic lab notebook, scientific databases, data visualization/statistics tools etc.)
  • Your open-minded personality and ability to evolve in a multidisciplinary and multinational environment
  • Self-organizing, independent way of working and attention to details
  • Brilliant collaborative skills and flexibility to work in different project or laboratory teams
  • Your ability to analyze, interpret and present data in a clear manner.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, responsible, result-oriented and an excellent team player
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken). The preferred candidate will also have some degree of fluency in French


Diversity is important to our success


At IFF, we cultivate a workplace where diversity is appreciated. We respect individual’s cultures and do our best, so our professionals reach their full potential. Therefore, we encourage you not to include any pictures or personal information (e.g. birthday) in your application. What is important to us is your motivation and professional experience.

If this position is of interest to you, please submit a motivation letter in English and your CV.


Contract: CDI / Long Term Contract.

Application deadline: May 15th, 2022


For information you might contact Sandrine Gomez, SCD Group Manager,