Dairy Microbiologist

Dallas, TX

Posted: 10/12/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 315.23MH Experience:

Job Description

Dairy Microbiologist

Would you like to be a part of an established company with an impressive team of scientists that has fantastic benefits, and is the market leader in two billion-dollar categories?  My company hosts iconic brands, is steadily growing and is in the process of building a new, state of the art innovation center.

If you have a PhD and enjoy research and microbiology in the food and dairy industry, please reach out to me directly.  Maryr@cps4jobs.com.

The Research Scientist will conduct dairy microbiology research in the area of fermented dairy products and starter cultures selection and applications.  The Scientist needs to be familiar with basics and operations of modern microbiological techniques used to elucidate the complex microbial system in fermented dairy products.  The Scientist will conduct research following scientific methods to identify key factors that lead to improved flavor and texture.  This position reports to the R&D Manager.


  • Design and execute conventional and molecular experiments based on project objectives and company goals
  • Conduct research to improve the performance of current starter cultures and develop new cultures by applying fundamental knowledge of lactic acid bacteria and fermentation to improve existing products and develop new products
  • Help the company develop strategies to control undesirable microorganisms
  • Design and perform experiments on the bench-top, in the pilot plant, and in full scale manufacturing
  • Collect samples, schedule testing, and organize data collection across multiple experiments
  • Develop new or adapt existing methodologies
  • Work with suppliers to customize starter cultures and other ingredients for product development
  • Evaluate data for accuracy and precision
  • Use logic and the scientific method to account for sources of variation
  • Have a working knowledge of testing equipment capabilities and software
  • Maintain sensitive testing equipment
  • Know the compositions and attributes of products
  • Know the unit operations and parameters of manufacturing processes

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Mary Harris-Rigas at maryr@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  315.23MH

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of and experience with dairy/food starter culture and lactic acid bacteria is required
  • Experience with conventional microbiology and fermentation techniques is required
  • Dairy processing knowledge is highly desirable
  • Knowledge and hands on experience in molecular microbiology is a plus
  • Experience with genetics of lactic acid bacteria and/or bacteriophage is a plus
  • Industry experience is desirable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with high attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Project and JMP or Excel Stat

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Mary Harris-Rigas at maryr@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  315.23MH

Meet Your Recruiter

Mary Harris
Section Manager/ Sr. Technical Recruiter

I specialize in connecting talent within the Food and Beverage Industry and proud to be part of CPS, Inc., which is on Forbes Top 20 Recruiting Firms list for 2017.

Being a manager and senior recruiter in the Food & Beverage group, our specialties include product development, quality, nutrition, regulatory, sensory, flavor development and application from entry level to executive.

I am part of a team of seven which provides more positions for candidates to consider and more candidates for client companies to consider.  We pride ourselves in building long lasting relationships and assisting both candidates and client companies in achieving their goals.

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