Job Details - Fermentation Scientist

Fermentation Scientist

The Verschuren Centre Inc.

Full-Time Contract


Job Description:

Fermentation Associate/Scientist– Bio Processing

Location - Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Duration – One-year contract with potential extension

Salary – Depending on experience

The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (Verschuren Centre) is an industrial solutions provider targeting commercialization of clean technologies in areas of marine & industrial bioprocessing, carbon transformation and renewable energy. Focal areas of bioprocessing include industrial bioreactor processing, marine fermentation, and ag-bio fermentation. The Verschuren Center is seeking a capable, hard-working team player to join an exciting sector of our operations, working with young and growing companies and a diverse, multi-disciplinary industrial bio team.

Qualifications and Eligibility:

- M.Sc. or Ph.D in microbiology/ biotechnology/ biochemical engineering/ or any relevant science stream.

- 2-4 years of industrial experience in developing fermentation and microbial conversion processes to produce bio-based products predominantly using bacteria and yeast in bioreactors

- Ability to handle and work with various analytical instruments including LC, GC, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, etc.

- Experience in downstream processing such as centrifuge, filtration and spray drying units is a plus

- Working proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and knowledge of statistical, data processing software(s).

- Good communication skills and proficiency in presenting scientific results (written and orally).

- Able to work well as an individual and in a team environment, hard-working and diligent self-starter. Has the ability to manage time efficiently and can multitask when needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Conduct fermentation experiments from shake flask to larger scale fermenters under minimal supervision for our clients in BSL2 environment

- Characterizing, troubleshooting and optimizing (new) fermentation processes, simultaneously.

- Work collaboratively with internal and external team on tech-transfer and scale-up teams to ensure bench-scale processes will translate to larger scales

- Collect & analyze time data for various bio characterization.

- Process data using PLC and analytic tools.

- Interpret, document all test results, prepare and assist in scientific report preparations and further assist in optimization trials.

- Write and revise SOPS, related documents and quality control measures.

- Assist clients with analytical equipment, sample analysis and other required experimentations.

- Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, team player but can work independently

- Conduct literature and/or patent search on project related topics.

- Work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary team.

- Other duties as assigned

Contract length: 12 months

Application Deadline: 2021-04-21

Expected Start Date: 2021-05-10

Job Types: Full-time, Contract


  • Monday to Friday


  • Master's Degree (required)

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

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Intended Job Posting Audience

This employment opportunity is open for: Canadian, Permanent Residents, and Temporary Residents who are able to work for any employer in Canada (Study Permit and Open work permit holders).

Only applicants who are authorized to work in Canada will be considered.

Location Information
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Nova Scotia
Job Information
The Verschuren Centre Inc.
NOC Code
Chemical engineers (2134)
Experience Required
Available Openings
Pay Type
To be Determined
Pay Rate
To be Determined (Negotiable)
Estimated Weekly Hours
Start Date
May 10th 2021
End Date
Language Proficiency Level
Advanced (CLB 8-9)
Posted on
April 8th 2021
May 21st 2021