Senior Scientist, Fermentation

Full Time

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Job description

Scismic is supporting the growth of a biotech company in Brooklyn, NY!

We’re looking for a Senior Scientist, Fermentation to join our founding scientific team of biochemists, bioengineers, biologists, and computational scientists.  This individual will build the company's capacity to perform scale-up fermentation and manufacturing of our solutions. 

We’re in active R&D projects with some of the largest and most innovative CPG food and beverage manufacturers in the world, supplying cultures to one of the top rated restaurants in the world. We’ve raised nearly $30M in funding from top investors. This is a full-time, in-person role at our state-of-the-art HQ in Brooklyn, NY.



  • Lead fermentation efforts to optimize growth of diverse natural microbial strains. This company works on a large biobank of natural culture isolates and we do not utilize genetic modification/engineering.
  • Optimize fermentation conditions (benchtop 2-10L) for a wide range of food-grade microbes, achieving and exceeding desired biomass titers (10^9-10^11 CFU/mL) or other molecular targets
  • Optimize simple downstream processing steps (lyophilization, spray drying) to produce high quality end product material
  • Generate internal catalog of material for internal and external validation purposes
  • Own technology transfer of pilot processes to external manufacturing partners to deliver on commercial targets


  • Demonstrated ability to scale fermentations from <1L to  ≥10L
  • Ability to operate pilot bioreactors (2-10L, 2+ years of experience in working at this scale) and improve fermentation titers using process optimization and design of experiments methodology
  • Ability to operate downstream processing equipment (lyophilizer and spray dryer) and improve product yields through process optimization and design of experiments methodology
  • Ph.D. in fermentation or a related field; deep domain knowledge of fermentation and metabolism OR 
  • BS/MS Ph.D and 5+ years of industry experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and mentor junior scientists; 2+ years preferred
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to define needs and communicate results with multiple internal stakeholders
  • Other attributes that are preferred but not required:
  • Breadth of experience with emphasis on natural microbial strains and optimizing growth of diverse organisms
Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? If you believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We encourage anyone who thinks they would excel here to apply, no matter their background, how they identify, or their professional background. Applicants will never be disqualified nor discriminated against by race, class, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or criminal history.



  • Collaborate with kindness
  • Critique by creating
  • Empower the team
  • Focus our energy
  • Learn through curiosity
  • Take complete ownership
  • Uphold scientific integrity


Meaningful work: Support and enable a team that is expanding the frontiers of science while making a positive impact on consumer health and environmental sustainability.

Valued member of a high-performing team: Become a leader of a fast-growing team that rewards high performance with advancement opportunities and greater responsibilities.

Growth and learning: Tackle opportunities with an organization that will learn and grow alongside you. 

Ownership and autonomy: Have and feel responsibility for individually driving scientific experimentation and deliverables, but with the mentorship and support of the leadership team. 



  • Competitive salary and generous equity upside
  • Fully-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Unlimited paid time-off (PTO)
  • Parental leave
  • 401k participation
  • Commuter benefits: subsidized Metrocards, free Citibike, free parking
  • Office kitchen fully stocked with fruit, snacks, and beverages (including nitro cold brew coffee!)

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