Research Manager

Pioneer a brighter future

At Novozymes we strive to find biological solutions for a changing world, working in close partnership with our customers and a global community to make a sustainable impact. We use science to advance industries, and as part of Novozymes you will help find the biological answers and build the new businesses that can pave the way for a brighter future.

Research Manager – Protein Expression Technology

We are seeking an innovative and experienced scientist and manager to lead our Protein Expression Technology research department in Davis, CA. In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing the daily activities of a department of research scientists and associates engineering microbes for the production of enzymes and proteins. The successful candidate will bring leadership skills and prior experience managing a team of scientists. To help build the next generation of biological solutions, you’ll work across departments within the Davis site as well as coordinate with colleagues and customers at sites across the globe. Alongside an in-depth understanding of the scientific principles of engineering microbes, you’ll need to demonstrate strong skills in supervising technical teams, managing stake-holders and communicating with diverse audiences. In your daily work, you’ll use these skills to progress enzyme and microbial research and to deliver value-added products for a variety of industries, including household care, biofuels, biomass, animal health and nutrition, as well as driving new technology development.

Qualifications and experience
  • Ph.D. in relevant field (biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology) with a strong record of scientific publications.
  • 10 years of relevant experience in molecular biology and microbe engineering for production of proteins is highly preferred, as is a strong external network in academic and industrial scientific communities.
  • Experience in engineering filamentous fungi and yeasts is preferred.
  • Proven track record in development of microbe engineering leading to commercial products.
  • Broad understanding of molecular biology, microbial physiology, and automation is desirable.
  • Digital fluency, including experience with MS Office, statistical analysis and DOE
  • Experience in developing intellectual property strategies and patent portfolios.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • 5 years of experience directly managing and developing scientists to maximize their scientific contributions and advance their careers.
  • Experience working in global leadership teams to develop high level technical and organizational development strategies, including embracing and driving Novozymes’ journey in digitalization and agile ways of working.

About Novozymes

Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, we improve industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As the world’s largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, our bioinnovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future. We call it Better Business with Biology.

Novozymes is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, disability or veteran status.

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Application deadline: June 30, 2020, but send your application already today, as we continuously screen incoming applications.

Ref: 7179BR
City: Davis, CA
Country: USA
Job Area: Research and Development