Senior Scientist I

Date: Mar 26, 2024

Location: Wilmington, DE, US

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Requisition  ID : 497202 

Job Description


IFF Global Biosciences applies expert science to advance market-driven, healthy, and sustainable solutions for home and personal care, and the food, beverage, dietary supplement, and pharmaceutical industries. We use cutting-edge biotechnology across a range of markets to advance bio-based solutions to meet the needs of a growing population while protecting our environment for future generations. We are innovative solvers who help our customers turn challenges into high-value business opportunities.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and outstanding molecular biologist (PhD) to become part of a core group of experienced scientists working on projects that involve the use of bacteria, yeast, and fungi as platform hosts.  This position is based in Wilmington, DE and will support projects focusing on host improvement, metabolic engineering, and product development. Candidates must have proven experience and a strong foundation in molecular biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, and/or microbial physiology. Familiarity with FACS, -omics tools (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics), metabolic engineering, and bioinformatics is desirable. This will be a predominantly lab-based role with a focus on the construction, optimization, and improvement of microbial cell factories.




  • Contribute to project-related molecular/microbiology tasks by strain construction using modern molecular biology and molecular genetics. 
  • Support optimization, analysis, and improvement of cell factories based on -omics data analysis using molecular editing tools.
  • Identify, investigate, and implement new and emerging technologies in relevant fields.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to achieve project goals and deliveries.
  • Prepare technical reports, data summaries, presentations, protocols, and other technical and regulatory documents.
  • Participate in developing the intellectual property strategy and file patent applications in collaboration with peers and the legal team.
  • Supervise and mentor junior scientists and technicians and foster a collaborative and productive work environment.



  •  Ph.D. degree in molecular biology/microbiology/biochemistry.
  • 1-3 years of experience conducting laboratory research in an industry or academic research lab.
  • Scientific knowledge and network, in the areas of bacterial, yeast and/or fungal biology.
  • Hands-on-mentality and a strong affinity for lab work.
  • Goal oriented and capable of task-oriented leadership.
  • Excellent team player and interpersonal skills.
  • Creativity, curiosity, and passion for scientific discovery and innovation
  • Ability to be effective in a growing, dynamic, and changing business environment.
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English.

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