Molecular Biologist

Job title: Molecular Biologist

Company: International Flavors & Fragrances

Location: Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland

Job Description: Requisition ID : 496017

Job Description

We are looking for a Molecular Biologist to join our Research & Development team in Leiden.

IFF’s Health & Biosciences division is a global leader in biotechnology. The IFF laboratories in Leiden have a long and dynamic history that goes back to the beginnings of modern biotechnology, to become the world market leader in sustainable bio-solutions.

The R&D team in Leiden houses 32 creative, multi-disciplinary scientists from 13 different nationalities. We design microbial production strains (bacteria, yeast and filamentous fungi) and engineer enzymes that are used in food & beverages, biofuels, home & personal care, animal feed, paper & textile processing, and more. We have a strong focus on providing sustainable solutions at an industrial scale: we apply science & creativity for a better world.

For the advertised position, we are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated researcher to join our Fungal Genetics team focusing on strain development and protein engineering. The successful candidate has extensive hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of molecular biology. Experience in microbial genetics, protein expression and affinity with laboratory robotics and programming is a plus. Enjoying continuous cooperating in multidisciplinary teams and a passion for science and technology are mandatory.

The work will involve one or more aspects of the following:

  • Contribute to molecular biology tasks within project-related design-build-test-learn cycles, such as strain engineering, gene library construction and high-throughput cloning campaigns.
  • Identify and implement new and emerging developments and techniques in the field, with a focus on automation and high-throughput strategies.
  • Characterization of strain performance and bottleneck analysis using flow cytometry and “-omics” tools.
  • Keep up-to-date with relevant scientific and intellectual literature.
  • Prepare and present technical reports, data summaries, protocols and other technical and regulatory documentations.
  • Participate in developing the intellectual property strategy and drafting patent applications in collaboration with peers and the legal team.
  • Many of IFF’s successes and inventions emanate from our state-of-the-art laboratories; in this position,

50% of the time is expected to be dedicated to lab work.

  • Due to its global character, this position offers the possibility of traveling and may require participating in (online) meetings after standard working hours.

Job Requirements

  • MSc degree or equivalent in Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Synthetic Biology, Biotechnology or similar,
  • Additional experience in industry or relevant academia experience is a plus.
  • Experience in microorganisms, genetic engineering, enzyme engineering, protein expression, metabolic pathway engineering, fermentation and/or enzymatic assay
  • Affinity for automation and programming is welcome
  • Hands-on mentality and strong lab work skills
  • Good record-keeping organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Goal oriented, can-do attitude
  • Excellent team player by embracing collaboration
  • Good communication, presentation and networking skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is expected.

We offer:

  • Position in a dynamic team of inspired, innovative and highly skilled scientists
  • An energetic work environment created by inclusive and multicultural team
  • The opportunity to grow professionally and to develop a career in Biotechnology
  • Competitive salary and attractive compensation and benefits, such as:

– Individual Choice Budget of 8% of the annual base salary, employee choice to be paid in monthly instalments or to exchange for additional time off up to 15 extra days per year.
– 25 vacation days and 3 bridge days, of which 2 of them are determined by the employer.
– Annual Incentive Plan

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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