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|Degree:||Masters (MA or MS)|
|Employer:||Tate & Lyle
Hoffman Es, Illinois 60192
|Primary Employer:||Food; Other N/A|
|Scientific Specialty:||Other; Other Microbiology, Biochemistry|
|Job Title:||Research Scientist|
|Years in position:||9|
|Day to day responsibilities:
Primarily conduct microbiological analyses on finished food products, food ingredients and food prototypes which are prepared, created, and/or developed by our scientists. In addition, being involved in evaluation of new technologies (microbiology), method development/validation, design/execute microbial challenge studies, troubleshoots on manufacturing processes. The other responsibility includes intellectual property related works on projects for new products.
What do you love about your job?
Currently, I am in charge of the Microbiology laboratory in our research & development organization of the company, and am responsible for food and environmental safety. Food microbiology is not a new subject, but still there are a lot of unknown phenomena surrounding microorganisms and our environment. We develop new technologies and methods to catch up with such small bugs; however, they are also capable to evolve themselves. Unfolding those mysterious and smart microbes is challenging, but it is fun and rewarding, and I am learning a lot.
Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
Food microbiology covers quite wide-range subjects, and it requires deep knowledge and practical skills to handle both microorganisms and potentially hazardous food samples in the laboratory. Foundation of my microbiological skills and knowledge was built during my past experiences in many years of fermentation technology development. Inter-personal/communication skill is important for explaination/presentation of the data and results for non-microbiology persons. Hands-on experiences along with reading scientific literature will be very valuable for the career. Obtaining at least Master-level education is strongly encouraged.
Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
I do not know what the best way would be to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation; however, building a network is one of the important jobs in addition to having a lot of hands-on experiences. Highly encourage to join scientific organization(s), like ASM. Researching the field of interest will open the view. I am very impressed that many professionals, such as college professors and industry scientists, are willing to communicate to help. Please do not hesitate to contact person(s) in the field of interest.