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16 Jan, 2020

Expert Scientist in Bacterial Metabolism

  • Big House Group Ltd.
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
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DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences is a USD 6.2 billion global business and one of the world’s largest producers of specialty food ingredients, developing and manufacturing solutions for the global food & beverage, health & bioscience and pharma market. With more than 10,000 employees, 70+ manufacturing sites and 25+ R&D centers across the world, N&B is on a mission to make food safer, more sustainable, better tasting and more nutritious.
N&B is part of DuPont, a globally listed company, which has a turnover of approximately $22.6 billion, employs 32,000+ FTEs and is headquartered in Wilmington, USA.

The Strain Development group is part of the R&D Department of its Cultures, Food Enzymes and Food Protection Division. The group is strongly involved in knowledge development and is responsible for selecting strains of microorganisms to be used in the design of starter cultures for dairy and other fermentation industries. It is specialized in the microbiology of Lactic Acid Bacteria with expertise in physiology, biochemistry, virology, genetics and genomics.

We are currently seeking an Expert Scientist in Bacterial Metabolism F/M who will be based in Dangé-Saint-Romain (France - 86).

Purpose of the job :

As part of the Strain Development group, the candidate will be responsible for the core competency in the field of bacterial metabolism, to promote new scientific ideas through internal or external research projects and to drive scientifically and technically these projects.

Building up on his/her expertise in the establishment of metabolic models using integrative omics analyses, he/she will propose approaches to Lactic Acid Bacteria metabolism optimization in the context of starter cultures development.

That activity will be conducted in the frame of innovation and development projects with the help of a team of technicians and scientists.

Key responsibilities:


  • Be an expert in enzymology and in microbial metabolism
  • Develop innovative strategies to study enzymatic activity systems, as well as understand and optimize metabolic fluxes
  • Lead and interact with cross-functional scientific teams
  • Read and apply relevant scientific literature
  • Present research activities at internal and external meetings
  • Support the intellectual property team in the field of metabolism, analytical chemistry and enzymology

The Scientist in Bacterial Metabolism will report to the Strain Development manager.


Job Qualifications


The candidate will have a Ph.D degree and 6+ years of experience in Enzymology, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry. He/she will have practical experience in these fields acquired through previous industrial or academic professional experience.

The candidate will have a scientific mind, good organizational skills and a strong background in Microbiology.

He/she will have:

  • Proven expertise in the experimental and computational tools/approaches supporting metabolic engineering
  • Experience in building metabolic models using integrative omics analyses.
  • Proficiency at developing new analytical methods and approaches in the field of metabolism, enzymology and analytical chemistry.
  • Proficiency at developing robust high-throughput biochemical assays. Preference towards cell-free enzymatic assays
  • Experience with molecular biology and microbiology techniques.
  • A dynamic attitude, team spirit and flexibility are expected as well as the ability to network, influence and lead within a global company. These assets will support a good integration in the Cultures group and fruitful interactions with the R&D groups working on Food Enzymes and Food Protection, enabling the development of value added microbial based solutions across these groups.

The position being located in France and DuPont being an international company, the candidate will have to be fluent in English. Knowledge of French is an advantage. 

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