Job details Application Scientist

Posting Period

From April 05, 2021
to July 05, 2021

Country or region

United States


Lebanon, New Hampshire

Business Unit

Corporate Group


Research and Development

Entry date

As soon as possible

Job Status

Permanent - Full time

Minimal required work experience

1 to 3 years

Minimal education level required

Master's Degree

Work schedule

Monday to Friday, 40 hours/week


Based on experience


Competitive social benefits

Application Scientist

Main Functions

Mascoma LLC (Lebanon, New Hampshire), part of the Lallemand Corporate R&D business group, is a leader in the research and development of new industrial biotechnology products. Its team members are developing microbial products and applications that enable the efficient and sustainable production of fuels and chemicals, feed, and food products from agricultural or other biomass sources. They develop and deliver innovative technologies to create competitive advantages for customers in manufacturing focused on biological processes across all markets served by Lallemand (biofuels, baking, brewing, winemaking, distilled spirits, pharmaceuticals and probiotics, plant and animal care).

Mascoma is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation in addition to a package of benefits including: medical, dental, and vision insurance; a 401K program and matching contributions; company-paid short-term and long-term disability benefits; paid vacation time, holidays, and floating holidays; and tuition reimbursement for job-related ongoing education; among others. We continually aim to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of our workforce, recognizing that fresh perspectives and diverse life experiences bring about the new ideas and creativity that make our team succeed.

The Application Scientist will join Mascoma’s Application Technology Group as part of a larger team working to develop and successfully apply biocatalysts for the production of biofuels and other valuable feed, chemical, or food co-products, from fermentation. The primary responsibilities of the selected individual will be to:

  • Apply expertise in fuel ethanol bioprocessing and related industrial fermentation applications to quickly and successfully bring new value-added yeast and bacteria products to market as part of cross-functional product development teams;

  • Work closely with colleagues to develop new knowledge around the interaction of microorganisms with the industrial application environment;

  • Collaborate with internal technical support and sales staff and customers on strategies to understand and enable industrial conditions providing the best product deployment and performance outcomes;

  • Champion and implement improvements in data analysis capabilities linking laboratory-scale through industrial-scale applications, and communicate knowledge gained from this analysis to the product development teams.

The candidate will perform this research as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing solutions to challenging industrial needs with insight, creativity, and skill. This position reports to the Director, Application Technology.

Technical skills


  • Strong knowledge of industrial applications of microorganisms and the application of processes and techniques used to develop, assess, and improve the performance of organisms at both laboratory and industrial scales, including: fermentation at scales from shake-flask to industrial production, media/nutrient optimization, sterile technique, and analytical methods for quantification of carbohydrates, proteins, alcohols, and other fermentation co‐products and metabolites
  • M.S. degree in Biotechnology, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or Chemical or Biochemical Engineering; other disciplines considered depending on specific experience
  • Working knowledge of microbial physiology and metabolic regulation in industrial microorganisms
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant research or industrial experience in applied biotechnology or related field
  • Strong skills in applied data science from data management through analysis and visualization

An asset

  • Demonstrated success, including as a member of cross-functional project teams, delivering upon measurable technical or business outcomes
  • Have varied educational or industrial lab experiences, enabling the development of new approaches to difficult problems
  • Working knowledge of yeast metabolism and impacts of yeast stressors on metabolism
  • Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or Chemical or Biochemical Engineering; other disciplines considered depending on specific experience
  • 5 or more years of relevant research or industrial experience in biotechnology or related field

Personal abilities


  • Commitment to working safely in an R&D setting
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Desire to work as part of a team in a fast-paced biotech industry setting
  • Demonstrated time management, organization, planning, and record-keeping skills
  • Adaptability to a dynamic work environment
  • Good troubleshooting skills to suggest and test potential solutions to overcome technical challenges

An asset

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

General criteria


  • Ability to travel occasionally to work on-site with industrial partners as projects require
  • Candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States


Lallemand is a privately held Canadian company, founded at the end of the 19th century, specializing in the development, production and marketing of yeasts and bacteria. The company is comprised of 11 major business units, each focused on specific applications of yeast and bacteria, with activities throughout worldwide. Administrative offices for the parent company are in Montreal, Canada. Today, Lallemand employs more than 4500 people working across more than 45 countries, on 5 continents.

Lallemand's corporate division encompasses all of the support services offered to our branches. Its goal is to optimize internal processes, ensure that your operation is running smoothly, and that your strategy is well thought-out.

Our corporate branch's head office is located in Montreal, Canada, and relies on a team that specializes in: Management; Finance and accounting; Engineering; Research and Development (R&D); Human Resources (HR); and Information Technology (IT). If you want to help bring enthusiasm, collaboration and innovation to our workplace, we'd love to get to know you!

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