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Fermentation Technician II

Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Wilmington, DE, US

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 485163 

Job Description

International Flavor and Fragrances’ (IFF) is recognized as a world leader in industrial biocatalyst research, development, and manufacturing; harnessing the power of biotechnology to make sustainable solutions possible in markets as diverse as animal nutrition, household and personal care, food, health, and biofuels.


To support these endeavors IFF relies on a strong R&D organization that can translate the latest advancements in science and engineering to scalable solutions for our customers and the markets we serve. With the beauty of art and the precision of science, we are an international collective of thinkers who partners with customers to bring scents, tastes, ingredients, experiences, and solutions for products the world craves. 


Working at IFF is an opportunity to grow professionally by developing your career and supporting meaningful change; so that together, we will #DoMoreGood for people and our planet. 


We are seeking a Fermentation Technician II responsible for executing experiments with micro-organisms on our Sterilize-in-Place (SIP) and Clean-in-Place (CIP) fermentation systems at 10L and 200L scales. 



The primary role of the Fermentation Technician in our R&D lab is the execution and record keeping of lab scale experiments to support manufacturing scale operations. Daily tasks will include preparing seed flasks, monitoring/controlling fermentation equipment via a SCADA system, processing samples for near-line analysis, and cleaning/maintaining bioreactors (and supporting equipment) in the facility.   

Our lab operates continuously 24/7 and our team is organized into three shifts: two rotating on the weekdays, with the third being fixed weekend shift.  A successful candidate will be able to work on a rotating shift or, when the work requires it, weekend shift.   

Continuous operations and shift work require a successful candidate to communicate well and effectively both face to face, and across electronic tools.  We utilize video conferencing to get real time input from engineers, and cloud based paperless documentation for both experimental records and cross shift communication.   

Safety isn’t just a goal, it’s a culture.  The successful candidate will be experienced with reading and following SOPs, effectively utilizing personal protective equipment, able to lift 50lbs and pass a respirator fit test (pulmonary function test).     

Job Requirements




  • Education: BS/BA degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other physical science discipline.
  • Associates degree with experience in lab or manufacturing settings. 
  • HS Diploma w/8+ years lab/manufacturing experience.   
  •  Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams across multiple projects. 
  • Willing and able to make, lift, and deliver maximal 50lbs of materials to the facility and other labs with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Willing and able to work rotating shift and weekend work. 


Preferred Experience: 


  • 2+ years of microbiology, cell culture or commercial brewing experience 
  • 4+ years plant manufacturing
  • Familiarity with any of the following programing languages (Python, SQL, Java) 
  • Awareness of working with chemicals and hazardous operations 
  • Mechanically inclined 

We are a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, offering our customers a broader range of natural solutions and accelerating our growth strategy. At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

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Nearest Major Market: Wilmington
Nearest Secondary Market: Philadelphia