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Senior Technician I, Process R&D

Company: International Flavors and Fragrances
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 29, 2024

Job Description:

Job Description

Process Technician, Fermentation - Palo Alto, CA

IFF in Palo Alto, CA is seeking a Process Technician to join our fermentation team!

Located at the Genencor Technology Center on the Stanford Research Park, IFF is a leader in the industrial biotechnology sector which develops innovative enzymes and bioproducts to improve the performance and reduce the environmental impact of the cleaning, textiles, animal nutrition, grain processing, and chemical industries. To meet ongoing product demands, we are seeking outstanding candidates for the position of 14L Fermentation Process Technician.

What We Offer:

  • Comprehensive Medical Insurance - Including a generous company contribution to a Health Savings Account
  • Prescription Drug Coverage, Dental, and Vision Insurance. We also offer Life and even Pet Insurance
  • Legal Assistance
  • Short-term and Long-Term Disability Protection
  • Paid Parental Leave - 16 Weeks
  • 401k - 6% company match
  • 3 weeks of vacation to start (prorated in the first year)
  • 12 company-paid holidays and 1 company-paid floating holiday, annually
  • Wellness Program - Earn credits to receive a total of $500 Premium Differential per year
  • On-site employee gym
  • A daily credit towards onsite lunch delivery service
  • Career Development Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Shift Premiums
  • Company-sponsored holiday party, seasonal events, and offsite teambuilding

    This is an excellent opportunity to work within a highly driven team where you can apply your technical, mechanical, and analytical skills on a daily basis while collaborating with other technicians, engineers and scientists to achieve common goals.


    Functional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Supporting the development of our R&D projects by monitoring microbial fermentations in a intermediate (14L) fermentation lab.
    • As part of a team, this person will be responsible for operating and maintaining fermentation bioreactors, monitoring biological processes, and adhering to proper documentation.
    • Daily lab tasks include media preparation, tank maintenance, troubleshooting, contamination monitoring, stocking lab supplies, and analytical processing to support fermentation operations.
    • Continuous improvement efforts to improve process safety, increase quality, service levels, efficiency, and reliability.

      Job Requirements


      • High School Diploma/GED
      • Experience with biological systems and aseptic techniques is a plus.
      • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting skills.
      • Team player with strong written and verbal communication skills.
      • Basic computer skills required. Experience with computer-based process control systems a plus.
      • Ability to do moderate to heavy lifting (50lbs).
      • Ability to wear general lab PPE (boots, safety glasses and gloves).
      • Ability to conduct work during a set shift structure (Day Shift- 0600-1400, Swing Shift 1400-2200, Graveyard Shift 2200-0600). Ability to work overtime is a plus.

        The following are preferred:

        • A.A./B.S. or a related degree in a scientific or technical field.
        • 2+ years of hands-on lab experience.
        • Demonstrate strong sense of self-motivation and ability to work under minimal supervision.
        • Strong leadership experience in creating change, coordinating with co-workers/teammates in meeting expectations, and improving work efficiency.
        • Strong communication skills to create rapport both within and outside of immediate work team to generate smooth workflow and collaboration.
        • Ability prioritize and troubleshoot issues under pressure.
        • Ability to learn emergent systems and cope with new environment.

          Compensation ($29/hr. -$32/hr.) is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to work experience, skills, certifications, and location.

          While we are interested in all qualified candidates with the potential to work in the United States, we are not able to sponsor visas. Additionally, to qualify for this position, you must be proficient in English, including reading, writing, and verbal communication.

          At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential. We value the diverse mosaic of ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex, or veteran status. We strive for an inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability. Visit to learn more...

          Nearest Major Market: San Jose

          Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

Keywords: International Flavors and Fragrances, Palo Alto , Senior Technician I, Process R&D, Professions , Palo Alto, California

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