Director, Bioprocess Science

The role of Bioprocess Science Director is to design, lead, and implement experiments to support the development of manufacturing methods and readiness for production of Province Brands products. 

Typical tasks include:

  • Accountable for the leadership and implementation of bench-scale protocols/assays in the process/product development experiments for pretreatment, characterization and enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic material as well as fermentation of sugar extracts with application to the production of beer

  • Developing/validating reliable methods and assays to monitor enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation including analytical experience with HPLC, total phenolics by Folin Ciocalteu; total protein; total flavonoids by aluminium chloride colorimetric assay; total FAN by ninhydrin, etc. 

  • Validation of methods for sensitivity, accuracy, repeatability, compatibility, standard curve linearity, and interference

  • Overseeing research assistants in a fast-paced environment having great people skills and mentoring abilities

  • Developing protocols and technology transfer documents for scaling processes

  • Providing critical feed-back on experimental progress across the team to manager and provide timely recommendations for further advancing Province Brands technologies and their manufacturing methods.

  • Running small and medium-scale brewing and fermentation trials varying ingredients and process conditions for taste testing (flavor iterations)

  • Mechanically inclined and comfortable with operation of small equipment such as pumps, freeze driers, rotovaps, ovens, PCR, microscopes, pressure reactors, motors, etc.

  • Experienced in microbiology, media preparation, culture maintenance, propagation, culture preservation and aseptic techniques

  • Experience in a brewing QC lab environment is an asset

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD,MSc. BSc. in biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, (bio-) chemical engineering or bioprocess engineering.

  • Experience with operation and maintenance of bench-top reactors, computer software to control reactors and data acquisition, small equipment.

    • HPHT reactor, alkaline/acidic separation, stream explosion, etc.  experience is advantageous

  • Experience with analytical HPLC.

  • Cellulosic substrate characterization. 

  • Expertise in compiling data, statistical analysis and objective scientific interpretation of data, report writing, and presentation of key findings.

  • Kinetics, inhibiton, optimization and production of enzymes, more specifically cellulase

  • Fermentation experience with yeast including scale-up.

  • Brewing experience is a huge huge plus including knowledge of hops, experience with malting, taste panels, QC brewing lab techniques, etc.

TEAM KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Flexibility/adaptability. Copes effectively with complexity and change. Comfortable with ambiguity. Experience in a startup environment is preferred.

  • Able to produce significant output with minimal wasted effort.

  • Attention to detail. Organized, methodical, and meticulous.

  • Acts without being told what to do. Brings new ideas to the company.

  • Team-oriented style and strong work ethic. Possesses a strong willingness to work hard to get the job done and setting an example for the team. Has a track record of delivering on ambitious goals.

  • Appropriate balance of confidence and humility.

  • Speaks and writes clearly and articulately. 

LOCATION

  • Grimsby, Ontario

APPLY

  • To apply, send your resume and cover letter to jobs@provincebrands.com. Please use the position your are applying for as the subject of your email.