Laboratory Manager/Principal Scientist

AB Mauri Saint Louis , MO 63150

Posted 2 weeks ago

AB Biotek is a technology-driven company specializing in fermentation science. We develop advanced yeast solutions and provide integrated fermentation know-how to the global alcoholic beverages and bioethanol markets.

We contribute to the success of our customers through the delivery of superior technical services and expertise combined with quality yeast and fermentation solutions.

There is also a commitment to the research and development of new and innovative products. AB Biotek is part of AB Mauri, the global yeast and bakery ingredients division of the international group Associated British Foods (ABF).

AB Biotek is seeking a Laboratory Manager/Principal Scientist to join our team in our new St Louis laboratory facility. This position involves managing day to day operations of the laboratory and will be a strong individual contributor who will be a key contributor to fermentation projects. The individual will also have a strong background in analytical chemistry with demonstrated ability to create, analyze, and recommend new analytical methods and techniques. The individual will also mentor more junior scientists. This position requires the ability to multitask and organize multiple simultaneous experiments. The preferred candidate will have extensive experience in designing and planning experiments, have an aptitude to execute experiments with accuracy, keep an organized scientific notebook, compile and evaluate the data critically, and present findings in a small group setting. The successful candidate is expected to be familiar support a team of scientists, their area of expertise.

Position Objective:

The individual will support a team of scientists, providing day-to-day laboratory management, analytical chemistry and fermentation science support, and mentoring to develop research plans and reports with scientists in support of a variety of product development activities within the department.

Key Result Areas:

Performance Standards

Professional Expertise

Manage time and resources of a 10-12 FTE biology/biotech laboratory

Familiarity with StageGate project management

Familiarity with LIMS systems and practices

Laboratory chemical hygiene and safety

Familiarity with analytical equipment and methods, particularly chromatography and spectroscopy)

Mentoring junior scientists

Specific Areas of Expertise

Familiarity with one or more of the following areas:

  • Laboratory management

  • Fermentation Science/Bioprocessing

  • Analytical Chemistry (special emphasis in chromatography, mass spectrometry, NIR/MIR spectroscopy)

Laboratory Skills

Expertise in:

  • design new techniques and procedures

  • Maintaining stock chemical ingredients

  • Perform standard assays and quantifications in specific area of expertise

  • Setup, calibration, and troubleshooting of commonly used equipment

  • Other techniques as required by the field of expertise

Able to implement protocols from the literature or from other labs.

Demonstrates familiarity in specific area-relevant literature and current issues.


Ability to maintain and update laboratory research records as required.

Ability to create and update StageGate Charts, Project Charters, Experimental Plans, and any other allied documentation for all assigned projects.

Ability to create and update other documentation such as standard operating procedures and experimental protocols.

Assists in the preparation of technical reports.

Data Analysis

Working knowledge of statistics and ability to use statistical software (SAS JMP preferred)

Independently performs statistical data analysis and interpretation.

Independently creates and implement experimental designs.

Performs the appropriate statistical tests required for the project.

Communications and Mentoring

Communicates well and works agreeably within the team.

Trains and mentors interns and R&D technicians, when applicable.

Human Resources

Complies with all HR policies and procedures.

Complies with relevant employment laws.


Complies with safety regulations within the lab and the company.

Keeps current in field by attending conferences, workshops and courses to improve job performance.

Other duties as assigned.

A combination of the listed skills and knowledge is preferred

MS in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field and >12 years of laboratory experience.

PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field and >10 years of laboratory experience.

working conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk, hear and smell. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is sometimes exposed to airborne particles and chemicals. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts.

other factors

Up to 25% travel may be required.

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