ADM Scientist IV- Fermenation Plant Support- Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois

Job Title:

Scientist IV- Fermenation Plant Support- Decatur, IL


Research & Development

Job Description:

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 31,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 270 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 44 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at .

Scientist IV – Fermentation Plant Support- Decatur, IL

ADM Research & Development

This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary:

The successful candidate’s primary role will be to support both operational troubleshooting and process optimization of ADM’s ethanol and bioproducts fermentation assets through active engagement with ADM’s research and operations personnel. To accomplish this, the candidate will be expected to respond to plant support requests, proactively work with facility engineers and operators to identify root causes of plant upsets, help with establishing and communication best practices, and assist with implementation of new technology into production facilities. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to lead Research-based projects that are designed to assist with troubleshooting and optimization efforts. This position will report to Jason Hickman, Manager Ethanol and Biotechnology Research.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide value to ADM business units through research support of ethanol and bioproducts fermentation operations

  • Respond to plant support requests, including plant visits, troubleshooting plant problems, and developing recommendations for solving plant issues

  • Collaborate with research and plant operations to identify opportunities to add value through development and deployment of new technologies and process optimizations

  • Deliver technical leadership in the areas of fermentation processes and plant operations

  • Manage fermentation plant support projects, and communicate outcomes and recommendations to plant operations and research team members

Job Requirements:

These skills and experiences will be required or useful for the candidate

  • BS degree or higher with a focus on fermentation science, chemical engineering, or related field

  • 7+ years of experience working at an operating commercial scale fermentation facility, a pilot scale facility, or in an interfacing role with operating fermentation plants

  • Demonstrated success in troubleshooting and optimizing fermentation plant production

  • Subject matter expert in fermentation process design and optimization at commercial scales

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with both technical and non-technical personnel

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse, multidisciplinary teams to coordinate the transfer of bench scale knowledge through scale-up to provide value for the business

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.




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