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Scientist II Starter Culture

Company: CPS, Inc.
Location: Sheboygan
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Job Description:

Conducts scientific experiments in starter culture strain isolation and characterization, fermentation, cheese-making, and bacteriophage studies; and is involved in troubleshooting production issues and improving starter production processes.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

Starter Culture Research and Development
Projects, plans, executes and coordinates professional level microbiological studies for starter culture research and development; formulates scientific approaches and techniques with some supervision
Knowledge base to conduct experiments in starter culture microbiology with application in cheese-making and whey processing
Must be able to manage projects independently with some supervision
Must ensure the depth and scientific quality of experimental design, project management, and documentation. The scope of scientific inquiry includes starter culture strain characterization, fermentation, bacteriophage analysis and propagation, and the microbiology, genetics and applications of lactic acid bacteria. Studies also include application of lactic acid bacteria to cheese-making and whey processing
Culture development activities include construction and validation of new starter culture blends according to established scientific policies

Troubleshoot Cheese Culture Issues
Must have scientific knowledge base to devise science-based solutions to starter culture issues (propagation, fermentation, production, cheese making) with some supervision
Must adhere to establish processes, policies, and safety standards. Assists and/or lead monitoring starter culture performance trends and bacteriophage infections
Other activities/projects that affect the quality, food safety or Trademark Excellence of company's cheese and whey products

Continued Development of Knowledge-base to Ensure Continuous Improvement of Starter Cultures Techniques and Processes Development
Maintain external scientific contacts within the industry; attend scientific meetings to stay current with scientific fields
Write project updates and scientific reports
Maintain internal contacts with other departments on technical issues
Participate on cross-functional teams including R&D, Manufacturing, Technical Services, and Supply Chain
Assist other departments in understanding and implementing Starter Culture Department objectives
Keep current on developing technologies within the starter culture and cheesemaking fields
Read and keep current with technical, trade, and scientific journals, attend scientific meetings, and vendor seminars on new equipment and methods

Additional Requirements
Actively develop research ideas, approaches, and recommendations
Other activities as directed by the Manager of Starter Cultures
If you'd like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO: 627.22JF

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
Experience with lactic acid bacteria and other microbiological systems strongly preferred
Project Management training preferred
Experience with molecular microbiology methods. Scientific knowledge base in microbiology, genetics, biochemistry or related scientific fields
Knowledge of the microbiology, genetics, and applications of lactic acid bacteria is desirable
Good laboratory and research skills
Ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining focus on departmental priorities

Experience Preferred
Master's degree, with internship or other experience in the dairy industry (preferably in starter culture) preferred
2 year(s): Bachelor's degree and two (2) or more years of related experience in the dairy industry, preferably in starter culture microbiology (lactic acid bacteria)

Education Required
Bachelor's Degree or better in Microbiology or related field

Master's Degree or better in Microbiology or related field
If you'd like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO: 627.22JF

Keywords: CPS, Inc., Sheboygan , Scientist II Starter Culture, Other , Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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