Senior Scientist, Applied Microbial Physiology - Columbia, MD

DSM - Columbia, MD3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $85,000 - $110,000 a year
DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a purpose-led global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative business solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at .

The Challenge

Our microbial product development team is looking for a microbial physiologist to assist in the development and improvement of innovative nutritional products. The applicant will design and execute fermentation optimization projects and physiological analysis of microbial strains in support of strain development efforts at the DSM Biotechnology Center.

The Position

This person will have experience in microbial physiology to lead projects advancing bench-scale and microtiter-plate based fermentations in the company. The Microbial Physiology team at DSM is essential for identifying and further understanding the cellular metabolism and mechanisms for improved performance in a variety of industrial micro-organisms, including heterotrophic algae. The position calls for an individual with experience in the analysis of microbial cells using measurements of intracellular metabolites, enzyme assays and metabolic pathway fluxes. A strong background in microbiology, microbial physiology, and cellular metabolism is required.

The applicant will be part of a team tasked with the development and improvement of commercial microbial products within a collaborative, fast-paced environment. (S)he will act as a liaison and a microbial physiology lead between various departments (molecular, strain development, fermentation and analytical chemistry groups) to develop organisms that deliver target performance in fermenter systems. The position will require at least 60% hands-on work at the bench. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Ideal

PhD, MS or equivalent in microbiology, microbial cell physiology, biochemistry, microbial culturing, fermentation or related field
A minimum of 3 years (5+ years preferred) industrial or academic experience involving the characterization of structural features and metabolic states of bacteria, fungi or yeast to improve cellular metabolism.
Strong understanding of the connection between microbial physiology, and process performance
Experience required with analyzing microbial cells using measurements of intracellular components (-omics approaches) and operating small-scale fermentation systems
Familiarity with analytical chemistry/assay methods, automation systems, and LIMS
Strong data analysis skills, including the use of statistics (JMP or similar)
Team player, able to work with multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams
Highly innovative scientist with a drive to create and translate new ideas into practical advances
Excellent communication skills
Motivated self-starter with good organizational skills and the ability to multitask
Experience managing technical staff and working on multiple simultaneous programs

The Reward

Working for DSM means the opportunity to really contribute to improve people’s lives and solving the challenges of today’s world. Challenging jobs, career opportunities and an inspiring environment allow you to enhance your personal development. DSM recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance.

Procedure & Contact

Interested in this position? Please apply online by sending us your resume and cover letter via the career portal ( ) .

Pre-employment screening procedures are part of the DSM Recruitment & Selection Process. You will be contacted when further information is required.

Working for DSM means D oing S omething M eaningful: contributing to a better world. Experience what it is like to work at a global science-based company and one of the worldwide leaders in sustainability. You will be part of a dynamic workspace that offers you room to explore and grow. With locations in 50 countries worldwide, this opportunity based in Columbia, MD is in the middle of the BioCapital hotbed for Biotechnology, just 30 min away from Washington DC and all it has to offer. Join a purpose led, performance driven global team with a unifying goal - creating better lives for all.

Royal DSM is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Royal DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext. For more information about DSM see or connect on