Fermentation Process Engineer
Natick, MA Operations & Manufacturing
Job Type

We are on the brink of something big and it feels good! We know our product has the potential to have a global impact. Strong Science, New Technology, and Influential Leadership has positioned us for success. Kula Bio is a leader in sustainable nitrogen solutions, helping farmers improve crop yield and reduce environmental impact. If you are motivated by progress, and seek a collaborative and supportive culture, join our mission to positively impact the environment and humanitarian efforts through sustainable agriculture.

As part of the Manufacturing group at Kula Bio, the Fermentation Process Engineer will manufacture microbial products by operating state-of-the-art production fermenters as well as contribute to the continuous improvement of fermentation processes. In this role you are the expert, taking know-how from small scale fermentation and applying it to large scale fermentation. On a regular day, you will utilize technology transfer data and apply it to large scale fermenters. You will operate and maintain production fermenters commissioned from scratch. In addition to day-to-day manufacturing activities, you will problem-solve, track productivity targets, and maintain product quality in line with regulatory compliance and customer needs. You will perform bacteria growth medium preparation, fermenter inoculation and sampling applying standard aseptic techniques.

To thrive in this role you are an independent decision maker able to plan and execute work orders with minimal supervision. You understand the fundamentals of scale-up and scale down and have experience with reactor set-up and commissioning. You have a pioneering attitude, capable of wearing multiple hats to get the job done as part of a highly collaborative and dynamic start-up team. You have experience with fermentation of plant-beneficial, soil-derived microbes and experience selecting and operating liquid packaging equipment. You are an experienced professional able to effectively communicate with and mentor junior team members. Occasional weekend and evening work as needed.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent education) and 7 years of relevant, full-time industry experience, or Master’s with 5 years of relevant, full-time industry experience, or Ph.D. with 3 years of relevant, full-time industry experience, preferably in the Agricultural sector or Degree in Biochemical engineering, Fermentation Biotechnology, Microbiology, or related fields
  • 2-4 years of experience with setup, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art fermenters.
  • 2-4 years of experience working with bacterial microbes and applying aseptic techniques in manufacturing
Salary Description
$80000 - $90000